Celebrate Bastille Day and Enjoy A Few Cocktails with SoFAB

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State of the Art: A Cocktail Extravaganza

Monday, July 14  from 5:30 to 7:30
Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St)
$45 in advance, $50 at the door, 20% discount for SoFAB/MOTAC Members

State of the Art, an annual cocktail celebration and fundraiser for the Museum of the American Cocktail, is just around the corner! We’re excited to announce a fantastic line up of bartenders from around the city, including Brian Kientz of SoBou, Max Messier of Square Root, Nick Detrich of Cane and Table, Tiffany Soles of Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse, Daniel Victory of Victory NOLA, and Cole Newton of 12 Mile Limit. They’ll be serving up a variety of cocktails for you to sample, and this year we’re asking you to vote for you favorite!  Featuring 24 bartenders from around the city, State of the Art offers the connoisseur both classic cocktails and innovative drinks from locals mixing and twisting the cocktail canon. Your ticket will include all drinks and snacks. 

Many thanks to Glazer’s, the Windsor Court Hotel, and Yelp for making this event possible. 

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Join us to Welcome New Cocktail Additions to the Culinary Library and Archive

Saturday, July 19 at 11 AM
SoFAB Culinary Library and Archive (1609 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard)
Free and Open to the Public

Join the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the Museum of the American Cocktail in raising a glass to new cocktail-related donations to the SoFAB Culinary Library and Archive. David Wondrich, Tomas Estes, David Solmonson, and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson will all be donating their books and we’ll be serving a special welcome punch created by MOTAC Advisory Board members Julian Cox and Josh Goldman. SoFAB will also add Laird’s AppleJack to the SoFAB National Culinary Heritage Register.

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Next Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles

An Evening with Tomas Estes: The Tequila Ambassador

Tomas Estes, resident Londoner, native Angeleno, acclaimed global restaurateur, co-creator of Tequila Ocho, and Mexico’s “Official Tequila Ambassador to Europe,” will lead attendees on a behind-the-scenes tour of agave and “near-agave” spirits. Josh Goldman, Co-Founder of Soigné Group, will create a menu of several delicious cocktails that demonstrate the featured spirits’ range and versatility. A sampling of specialties from the authentic Oaxacan kitchen of Koreatown’s Restaurante Guelaguetza will be included in the price of admission.
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The July 8th Dry with a Twist Event has been rescheduled for August 18th. 

This Sunday at the French Market: Celebrate Bastille Day with the Franklin

Sunday, July 13 at 2 PM
French Market Fare Stage (between Ursulines and Governor Nicholls)
Free and Open to the Public

As part of the annual Bastille Day celebrations at the French Market, Chef Jim Bremer of the newly opened restaurant The Franklin, will be demonstrating how to make a classic French dish. At 4 PM the French Market will continue the Bastille Day Celebrations with the running of its annual Waiter’s Race. Based on the Parisian tradition, this now worldwide sensation of waiters speedwalking while balancing drinks and food on waiters trays has returned to the French Quarter in what is now the 5th annual race at the French Market! Learn more here.

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New Videos from SoFAB Media
For three weeks, Big Class held a writing workshop at the SoFAB Culinary Library. Elementary school students from schools around New Orleans wrote fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for an “Encyclopedia of Eats.” You can see them reading their work here. This is the part of The Kids Menu, a new web series from SoFAB Media which will showcase SoFAB’s many children’s programs. 
For SoFAB Media’s new web series “Eating Heads,” we will be interviewing well known chefs from New Orleans and beyond and getting an inside look at how they approach cuisine. In our first episode, we talked to Ryan Hughes, chef and owner of Purloo Restaurant.
Just 2 Days Left to Support ROHO’s West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History
Our friends at the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) of UC Berkeley’s The Bancroft Library are beginning a project on the legacy of the West Coast craft cocktail, which will feature long-form oral history interviews with influential bar owners, bartenders, craft spirit distillers, and cocktail historians.

This project seeks to document the life histories  of those who mix our drinks, run our bars, and distill our spirits. The interviews will be recorded on video, transcribed, and archived in The Bancroft Library and The Museum of the American Cocktail, and transcriptions and clips will be available on the ROHO and MOTAC websites. ROHO has just launched an Indidgogo Campaign to help fund the project, so please consider contributing what you can to this help this wonderful resource become a reality.


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Louisiana Cookin’
Louisiana Cookin’

Pop Up Purloo Presents Slow Food Ark of Taste Dinner

Friday, July 11
Cocktails at 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:15
New Orleans Cooking Experience, 1519 Carondolet St.
$55 per person 

Purloo is a pop-up restaurant operated by Chef Ryan Hughes dedicated to exploring and celebrating the rich culinary history of the South. A precursor to the brick-and-mortar restaurant to be located in the new Southern Food and Beverage Museum, pop-up Purloo offers an experience unto itself where guests can enjoy a five-course,  prix-fixe menu.
For reservations email [email protected] or call 504-430-1840.

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Upcoming Events:

NOLA Dishcrawl: Sweet on Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 
July 9
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Tales of the Cocktail!
New Orleans, LA
July 16-20
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Liz Williams at the Royal Sonesta’s Round Table Luncheon
New Orleans, LA
July 16
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The 12 Bottle Bar Book Signing
New Orleans, LA
July 21
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Rescheduled: Dry with a Twist
Long Beach, CA
August 18
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San Diego Spirits Festival
August 23-24 
San Diego, CA
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August 2-4, 2014

Farm to Table is gearing up for this August’s second annual symposium! This year’s theme is “The Process” and the Honorary Chair is Michel Nischan.  Learn more at f2t-int.com

The F2Ti 2014 Schedule is now available here!

Registration is Now Open! Go to f2t-int.com

SoFAB MEMBER Discount Code now available, contact us for details! 

Learn more about last year’s inaugural F2Ti and get excited for 2014 here!

Travel with SoFAB:

Special SoFAB Discount Rate on Rooms in New Orleans

SoFAB has partnered with the New Orleans Hotel Collection to bring you a discounted rate for rooms in your choice of one of their many fabulous hotels. Book here for the best rate available!




Last Week at SoFAB
Last week we invited Dat Dog to the French Market Fare to give us some tips for making delicious hot dogs at home this summer. They shared some top secret hot dog techniques and let the crowd sample a few of their signature dogs. Happy summer!
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