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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 SoFAB Culinary Library and Archive, the SoFAB Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture, and SoFAB Media, 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.

Join Us

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 here to see what’s happening! To learn more about the various projects of the SoFAB Institute, explore this site and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s website here or sign up for our newsletter.

How to Get Involved

Want to support SoFAB’s mission? Consider making a donation or becoming a member. Interested in volunteering? We’re always looking for extra hands to help with specific events as well as long term projects. There are also a limited number of internships available for students. Contact Liz Williams for more information.

Our Sponsors

The Institute and all its components would not be where we are today without the support of our generous sponsors. If you, your organization or company is interested in supporting the Institute or a specific program, please contact Liz Williams for more information.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact SoFAB’s offices directly by calling 504-267-7490 or emailing info@sofabinstitute.org, or visit our Staff Page for specific inquires. Our offices in New Orleans are located at the SoFAB Culinary Library and Archive, 1609 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113.

Our Board

The SoFAB Board is made up of a geographically and professionally diverse group. They are our governors, sponsors, ambassadors, and consultants, and we are grateful for their continued support.

Photo Credits

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs on the SoFAB Institute and Southern Food and Beverage Museum websites should be credited to Stephen Binns.