Tout de Sweet: All About Sugar

A part of our permanent suite of exhibits,  Tout de Sweet: All About Sugar,  shows the important role that sugar has played in Louisiana as well as the world, and also what an important role Louisiana has played on sugar. It explores all aspects of the sugar industry in Louisiana and the South, from the granulation process invented in Louisiana, to the over 100 year old Domino Sugar refinery in Chalmette, LA, all the way to the tables and floors of Café du Monde. The exhibit also includes the Kuyper Cake Collection, which explores the use of sugar as an artistic medium, and the history of candy making. Learn more about the Kuyper collection here. This exhibit is sponsored by Domino Foods, Inc.

Read more about the exhibit here or watch this episode of This Week in Louisiana Agriculture, filmed in the Tout de Sweet exhibit.

Thank you to our guest curators:

Peter Patout: Sugar is in Peter Patout’s blood. He was born into a sugar family, with seven generations of sugar producers on his mother’s side, and four on his father’s. Peter’s father, Warren Patout, ran a sugar farming operation in Iberia Parish, and his sons would get their hands dirty helping him with cane planting, scrapping, tilling, fertilizing and working in the family sugar mill. As young men, Peter and his brother Tim saved many of the historic sugarcane tools on their family’s farm from deterioration by collecting and storing them in the barn. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he has studied architecture and furniture history in locales as diverse as Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Croatia, Venice, Haiti, St. Lucia and Martinique. Peter’s passion for the rich culture and history of Louisiana makes him an ideal contributor to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s Domino Sugar exhibit.

Tom Braniff is the Warehouse Logistics Coordinator at the Domino Brands Refinery in Chalmette, LA. He spent many hours moving artifacts from the Chalmette Domino Refinery to the museum, helping to coordinate the exhibit, and lending his expert knowledge to make the exhibit as detailed and accurate as it is today.

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