|ANNA MARIA, Florida (November 26, 2013) – The food and beverage industry in Florida, and the traditions that have influenced our indigenous tastes, will soon be part of a Southern-focused exhibit in New Orleans. A fundraiser will be held at the Sandbar Restaurant on December 18, 2013 to gain support of this permanent exhibit.
The Southern Food & Beverage Museum, a division of the SoFAB Institute of New Orleans, will include what is called The Gallery of the South: States of Taste. In an effort to tell the stories of the entire American South, 15,000 square feet will be dedicated to a collection of exhibits on the food and culinary traditions of each Southern state. The exhibits, created by curators from each state, will explore and celebrate the food items, recipes, people, brands, dishes, agriculture, industry, cooking techniques, and history, woven together to create the quintessential food geography of the South. Florida’s exhibit will be both historical and modern. The artifacts sought for the exhibit from individuals and food-related business and industry, will reveal what makes Florida’s food and culture of eating unique. In addition, the exhibit will be designed to celebrate Florida’s food traditions, which contribute to a distinct regional food culture that can be so clearly described as Southern.
“Gulf Coast heritage fruits, vegetables and seafood provide a descriptive narrative of the history of our state from the Indians to the Spanish explorers and all those who migrated in from the coastal southern states comprising the Carolina’s and Georgia. What and how we eat tells so much about who we are” says SoFAB supporter, Ed Chiles, owner of The Sandbar Restaurant and the Chiles Restaurant Group.
A special event organized to raise funds for the construction and provision of the Florida exhibit will be held on Wednesday, December 18, by enthusiastic principal sponsor and co-host, Ed Chiles at The Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, Florida, and Julie Barreda from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Food and wine stations featuring special pairings of Florida fare with LOLA wines and cocktails will be provided to contributors. We are proud that several prominent Florida chefs will support and assist with this special endeavor. Our star and celebrity chefs share the passion of their state, Florida and have many celebrated successes individually. They are: Chef Norman Van Aken, Chef Joshua Butler, Chef Ian Fairweather, Chef Dean Max, Chef Art Smith and Chef JustinTimineri. This special event will be held in The Sandbar Restaurant’s special events pavilion right on the Gulf of Mexico. The cost of the fundraiser is $75.00 per person.
“The permanent Florida exhibit will showcase Florida as a prominent southern state with rich food and beverage, heritage and culture”. Whether it’s the visual of a plump, sweet orange freshly picked from an orange groove or of casting a net in our beautiful waters, the permanent Florida exhibit will excite visitors at the New Orleans museum about Florida and intrigue their interests further as they choose Florida destinations for the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of our culinary culture,” said Floridian and SoFAB supporter and co-host Julie Barreda. “Ed Chiles’ enthusiasm and direct gulf front backdrop at The Sandbar provide the perfect setting for a delicious and sustainable image of a love connection with our state, and continued protected memories”, says Barreda.
To learn more about SoFAB visit southernfood.org. To purchase tickets http://southernfood.org/preserving-floridas-culinary-culture/ or 504.569.0405. For an invitation and more information about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813.431.8663.