The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB), located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, is 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to the culinary heritage of the South, both in toto and in all its regional variations. There are Coca Cola bottles from Georgia, fishing nets from Louisiana, a ham smoking rack from Virginia and an entire wall that explains the history of the American cocktail. In addition, behind closed doors but accessible to the public, there’s a library of more than 15,000 food-related book — everything from cookbooks to manuals for old appliances.
An on-site restaurant, Purloos, which is named after a traditional Lowcountry dish, serves Southern regional fare such as Cape Hatteras clams and Delta corn tamales. This, combined with weekly lunch demonstrations and occasional lectures, makes SoFab the go-to place for tasteful information about the South’s culinary history….