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Hungry in the South: The 2011 SoFAB Gala
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s fourth annual gala will be held on Friday, September 16 in New Orleans. Featuring great food from trendy and renowned Southern restaurants, delicious cocktails, and classic New Orleans music, the gala will welcome the public as well as distinguished panelists and speakers participating in the Hungry in the South Symposium to the museum.
The theme of the 2011 Symposium is Hungry in the South. This title is inspired by the USDA’s 2009 Food Insecurity Report which found that hunger is most prevalent in the southern United States. For more information about the symposium, please visit our website.
This year, the museum will hold a silent and live auction of one-of-a-kind culinary items, such as a pair of Mario Batali’s classic orange clogs, or personal dinners cooked by local chefs. Benefits from the auction will support the museum. SoFAB will also award a national leader for their public service and hunger relief efforts with The Humanitarian Award for Public Service. Christian Le Blanc, the Emmy-award winning actor, professional artist, and New Orleans resident, will preside as the Honorary Chairperson of the gala.
From 7 to 8 PM we will have a VIP reception for patron ticket holders. From 8 to 10 PM the general public will be welcomed into the museum to enjoy the food from restaurants such as Galatoire’s Restaurant, Broussard’s, the Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group ( The Palace Cafe, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, and Bourbon House), Cake Cafe and Bakery, Hubig’s Pies, SnoWizard Snoballs, The Carriage House and Twin Oaks Plantation, both from Natchez, Mississippi. Drinks will be available from the city’s best bars, as well as absinthe cocktails provided by Lucid Absinthe and beer from Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Mississippi. Stay tuned as we keep adding more fabulous places to our list.
We can’t talk about being hungry without doing something about it, so we will be collecting cans of food for the hungry during all of our events and during the week at the museum. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Registration and cost information are available on the Southern Food and Beverage Museum website, www.southernfood.org. Interested in going to both the symposium and the gala? We have packaged tickets too!
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum was founded in 2004 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in New Orleans and dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and related culture of the South. Its goal is to be a national resource focusing on the history of Southern food and beverages.