People travel to New Orleans for many reasons, such as the music, the culture, and the architectural beauty. New Orleans has all of these items in spades. But if you are one of those people who loves to experience places through food, you are in for a special treat when next you stay in a New Orleans bed and breakfast.
After your first night, you’ll be treated to a delicious meal at your bed and breakfast New Orleans. This is a great time to get the scoop on various local restaurants from both the innkeepers and other guests. You will undoubtedly be told the closest spot to find the best po-boy sandwich, and, if it is hot, everybody’s favorite shaved-ice stand. Take good notes, then head off to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, or SoFAB, is located in the Riverwalk Marketplace next to the Mississippi River, between the Central Business District and The French Quarter. The Canal Street Ferry crosses the Mississippi and docks at the Riverwalk Marketplace, and the Riverfront Streetcar stops by its doors.
SoFAB is a nonprofit living history museum dedicated to discovering, understanding, and most of all celebrating the food of the south. It’s hard to find a better place to orient yourself to the local cuisine. Start with “Louisiana Eats! Laissez Faire – Savoir Fare”, a permanent exhibit that uncovers the many layers of Louisiana food, its origins and development. Then check out Absinthe Visions, a photographic exhibit of this fabled green alcohol, long outlawed in this country but now available in New Orleans; if you are in town on Saturday August 21, 2010, you may enjoy attending “Absinthe in Art and Literature”, where Todd Price will discuss the cultural significance of absinthe.
Another interesting project underway at SoFAB is The Menu Project. They are collecting menus from every restaurant in the South, and southern-inspired restaurants throughout the world. As you nibble your way through New Orleans, you can help the project by collecting menus as you go.
After visiting the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, wander through Woldenberg Park to Jackson Square, where you can grab a coffee at the Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand. Revived, you’ll be ready to loosen your belts and eat your way through New Orleans, one great restaurant at a time.