The SoFAB Institute is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink—culture and geography, anthropology and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and technology—reveal the state of the world. SoFAB, home to several entities, among them the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library, and Pacific Food and Beverage is growing into the nation's most comprehensive cultural institution studying food and drink.
In addition to pursuing activities that fulfill its core mission of celebrating, documenting, examining, investigating, and preserving foodways of all races and ethnicities, through exhibits, publishing, and a range of media, SoFAB serves as a critical forum for academics, advocates, and policymakers engaged in the study of problems and solutions to hunger, nutrition, obesity, and whole-person literacy.
The SoFAB Institute holds events in New Orleans and around the country, exploring the food and drink culture of the world in a variety of forums. Check out our Events Page to see what's happening! To learn more about the various projects of the SoFAB Institute, sign up for our newsletter.
Unless otherwise noted, all photographs on the SoFAB Institute and Southern Food and Beverage Museum websites should be credited to Stephen Binns.