The whirlwind of the winter holidays has arrived! There has been, will be, and is so much going on at the museum that it is difficult to fit it all into this letter and I hope you will visit our website, http://www.southernfood.org for a more complete picture. In short…
We have finished painting the Multi-Purpose Room, thanks to a group of student volunteers. We were honored that the Lee Brothers made time to visit (and join!) the museum while they were in town signing their new book, Simple, Fresh, Southern. Scholar Anthony Stanonis visited from Ireland and lectured here. Chef David Guas held his book release party and signing at the museum and we have included photos from the event in this month’s newsletter.
With December roaring along, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is celebrating the season with holiday gift passes and memberships, and events. For a limited time, the memberships will include a special gift. This Friday, Peggy Scott Laborde and John Magill sign Christmas in New Orleans. They will also talk about New Orleans Réveillon Dinners. This Saturday will feature a Caribbean cooking demonstration, a perfect class to attend with your children.
Looking ahead, Chef Jeff Tunks will hold a fundraiser at his DC restaurant, Acadiana. The fundraiser will coincide with DC Mardi Gras and will be held on January 24, 2009. We hope you will join us for grillades and grits, Eggs Sardou, blood orange mimosas, and much more, if you are in the DC area. More information can be found here. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will also be in Charleston, West Virginia at the Cast Iron Cook-off. Two of our board members will be participating in the event (Anne Hart competing, Dickie Brennan judging). Come out and help us support Board Member Anne Hart as she competes!
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum wishes you all the best during the winter holidays. We hope to see you at the museum soon.
Stephanie Jane Carter