By Liz Williams
August is going to be a terrific month at SoFAB. Of course, it all starts with our spectacular Tailgating Party on August 8. Besides the very special riffs on tailgating food that our chefs will produce, we can promise great music and fun entertainment. This year the Muff-A-Lottas will be dancing for us. In addition the Big Easy Roller Girls will bring their celebrity presence to the scene. Even the Zephyrs mascot will make an appearance.
But the month also promises absinthe. Besides Damian Hevia’s beautiful photographs, Absinthe Visions, hanging in the photography gallery, we have a month’s worth of talks about the subject sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
And we are looking forward to a very ambitious and exciting symposium in early October. With that symposium will be a new exhibit about the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Basin and its food exchanges. With a serious nod at the Deep Horizon Oil Spill and its impact this symposium will present an exciting and important perspective on current culinary matters. In addition our Clearinghouse makes it possible for all of the researchers on the cultural impact of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill to make connections to others as well as see what others are doing.
In spite of all of the activity in August, things will be a bit more quiet behind the scenes. We have said good-bye to interns from Yale, Duke, Tulane and France. They were so helpful, making great advances in the exhibits, organization and identity of SoFAB. Thanks to all of them for all of their hard work. And click on the French flag on our website and read about us in French!
I hope to see all of you on August 8.
Liz Williams is the Director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum