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In the SoFAB Kitchen with Beth D’Addono

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)
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Come meet author Beth D’Addono and check off two of the 100 Things To Do in New Orleans Before You Die Sept. 23, 1-3 pm, with a visit to Southern Food and Beverage Museum (page 111) and sip a French 75 from Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (page 16).

Beth D'Addono will talk about her book and chat about New Orleans. At 2 PM one of Arnaud’s winning bartenders will demonstrate how to make a French 75 and yes, there are samples! After the cocktail, Museum founder Liz Williams will cook something up showcasing the museum's fantastic demonstration lunch classes. 

The program begins at 1 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come first serve. Free with museum admission. This event is presented in partnership with the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is participating in the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live event on September 23, offering free admission to those who register in advance. 

Carefully curated byfood and travel writer Beth D’Addono, a passionate champion of the city for more than 25 years, 100 Things to do in New Orleans Before You Die buzzes with experiences both surprising and iconic, activities designed to connect the reader/doer to the city’s particular brand of magical realism. 


About the Author and Presenters


Beth D’Addono is a freelance food and travel writer based in New Orleans. She writes regularly for outlets including USAToday/10Best, AAA Traveler, AAA World, Southbound, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News, Taste, Country Roads, and others. She is the author of The Hunt Guide New Orleans, an insider’s guide to some of the best independently owned restaurants and shops in New Orleans.


Chris Hannah serves as head bartender at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, a position he’s held for
nearly 10 years. A leader in the mixology community, Hannah is well-known for his innovation and expertise in crafting classic cocktails. That knowledge was gained at his first bartending job at Duck News Café in North Carolina, where he perfected classics including Stingers, Manhattans and gin martinis. He learned about the history of the cocktails through the clientele the café attracted, all of whom had a storied past, much like the cocktails themselves. Hannah is involved in the New Orleans Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. In 2012, he received the Rising Star Award. He was also named 2011 Bartender of the Year, New Orleans by Eater, a source for dining and drinking in the nation’s most important food cities. That same year he won Tales of the Toddy (an affiliate event of Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier cocktail festival) with his Tiki Eggnog. Arnaud’s French 75Bar is a James Beard Foundation Award winner in the outstanding bar program category in 2017

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Always fascinated by the way the lure of nutmeg and peppercorns motivated the exploration of the world, Liz Williams was lucky to be born into a family of Sicilian heritage in New Orleans.  She grew up eating in two great food traditions.   She is a founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation.  Much of her research and writing centers on the legal and policy issues related to food and foodways. Her book, coauthored with Stephanie Jane Carter, The Encyclopedia of Law and Food, was published by Greenwood Publishing in 2011. In 2013 AltaMira published New Orleans: A Food Biography. Her book Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans about the drinking culture of New Orleans was published by LSU Press in the spring of 2016.


Earlier Event: September 23
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
Later Event: September 25
To the Negroni...and Beyond!!!