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In the SoFAB Kitchen with Barkley Rafferty

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)
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Join the Southern Food & Beverage Museum for a demonstration and spicing lesson from Barkley Rafferty, Co-Founder and Principal of Royal Merchant Trading Co. Rafferty started the company in order to offer home cooks access to fresh and delicious spices and seasonings, which can be bought in the shop on Magazine St. in New Orleans, online, or via a subscription box. 

This event is free with museum admission. The program begins at 1 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come first serve. 

About the Chef

K. Barkley Rafferty, Co-Founder and Principal

Barkley Rafferty serves as both Principal and co-founder of Royal Merchant Trading Co., a venture that she recently launched as her full time focus. As an avid home cook, Barkley is continually inspired to search for and learn about unique, high-quality flavors and ingredients that will make her food stand out. Sheer inquisitiveness led her to learn more about the spices and herbs that she was buying in the grocery store and the realization that the average American consumer does not have easy access to superior seasonings.

Barkley brings a passion for excellence, valuable networking and communication skills, finely-tuned strategic thinking skills, and a true commitment to developing Royal Merchant Trading Co. into a household brand that espouses superior products, standards, and values. Her creativity and attention to detail is contagious.

Barkley has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Business Administration with dual concentrations in Global Management and Entrepreneurship, both from Tulane University. Prior to founding Royal Merchant Trading Company, she worked in New Orleans’ growing non-profit sector, serving as a teacher and advocate for students with language-based learning differences and as a fundraising manager for local cultural institutions.