SoFAB Awarded Historical Preservation Award

SOUTHERN FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM TO BE HONORED BY THE STATE

FOR PRESERVING LOUISIANA’S CULINARY HISTORY AND CULTURE

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, a division of the SoFAB Institute, is pleased to announce that the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism has selected SoFAB to receive the Louisiana Historic Preservation Heritage Award for 2013.

The Heritage Award is awarded to geographically-oriented programs, initiatives or sites that have successfully leveraged assets to provide greater cultural value to its region within the state

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum was recognized for its work in preserving the culinary history and culture of the state of Louisiana.  It brings its message about the entire South to the world through exhibits, collection of oral histories and videos, and research.  No other organization in the U.S.  is doing this work:  SoFAB is the only non-corporate general food  museum in the United States.

Through its collections of physical artifacts, including kitchen tools, tableware, ephemera, and cookbooks, Southern Food and Beverage Museum preserves and documents objects that speak of our daily lives.  Through the Museum’s exhibits, it has visually portrayed our area’s culture as it relates to our unique culinary heritage:  from absinthe to sugar, from coffee to Gulf Coast seafood.  And through its programs, like Kids’ Culinary Camp and talks/demonstrations at the French Market, it reaches an even wider audience.  In addition, the SoFAB Institute’s national presence, in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, addresses provocative legal and social issues revolving around food such as our nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

The Office of Cultural Development, Division of the Arts is responsible for the development and promotion of the arts for the benefit of all people of Louisiana. This is accomplished through several grants programs that award funds to Louisiana artists and arts organizations to help provide arts activities statewide. www.crt.state.la.us/culture/.

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