The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a place where the public can experience how the material culture of food and drink has manifested itself over time through interactive exhibits and programming, as well as providing resources for the hospitality community.
Located within the historic Dryades Market at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is NATFAB's flagship location. It is our public home for some of our many exhibits, including the Gallery of the South, Culinary Heritage Sign Gallery and MOTAC Spirited History of Cocktails collection, as well as two state of the art kitchens used for both educational purposes and small business support.
SoFAB promotes culinary tourism and educates the public about the food culture of the South. The museum offers a unique educational experience connecting what we eat to who we are. Highlighting Southern food and culture is important in a state like Louisiana, which has deep historical ties to the food and beverage culture created and identified within the south.
In addition, SoFAB addresses a community need for nutritional programming, which is offered to adults and youths. SoFAB’s facility includes a number of community resources. The museum offers a state-of-the-art, certified culinary-incubator kitchen, the Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air and a certified commercial kitchen. Culinary entrepreneurs and nonprofits rent it at a deeply discounted rate to prepare food items for public sale, to develop project ideas and to conduct classes.