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In the SoFAB Kitchen with Author Nancy Maveety

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)
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Join Southern Food and Beverage Museum and local author Nancy Maveety for a cocktail demonstration and book signing.

In Glass and Gavel, noted legal expert Nancy Maveety has written the first book devoted to alcohol in the nation’s highest court of law, the United States Supreme Court.

Combining an examination of the justices’ participation in the social use of alcohol across the Court’s history with a survey of the Court’s decisions on alcohol regulation, Maveety illustrates the ways in which the Court has helped to construct the changing culture of alcohol. “Intoxicating liquor” is one of the few things so plainly material to explicitly merit mention, not once, but twice, in the amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Maveety shows how much of our constitutional law—Supreme Court rulings on the powers of government and the rights of individuals—has been shaped by our American love/hate relationship with the bottle and the barroom.

From the tavern as a judicial meeting space, to the bootlegger as both pariah and patriot, to the individual freedom issue of the sobriety checkpoint—there is the Supreme Court, adjudicating but also partaking in the temper(ance) of the times. In an entertaining and accessible style, Maveety shows that what the justices say and do with respect to alcohol provides important lessons about their times, our times, and our “constitutional cocktail” of limited governmental power and individual rights.

The program begins at 1 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come, first served. Must be 21 with valid ID to sample cocktails. Free with museum admission. Buy the book at the front desk to have museum admission waived!

About the Author


Nancy Maveety is Professor of Political Science at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she teaches courses in constitutional law, judicial decision-making, and her latest special topics class "Booze, Drugs and the Courts." She is the author of Glass and Gavel: the U.S. Supreme Court and Alcohol (2019), as well as many scholarly works on the U.S. Supreme Court and American judicial politics, most recently Picking Judges (2016), a study of federal judicial selection politics styled as a presidential briefing book. She has also written an academic satire novel set in the Crescent City, The Stagnant Pool: Scholars Below Sea Level (2000). Nancy is an amateur cocktail enthusiast and has been a regular attendee of New Orleans' annual Tales of the Cocktail meeting since its inception more than a decade ago. She supplements her collection and study of interesting and unusual liquors and wines with regular international travel, such as to Barcelona to participate in the vermut-drinking culture of Catalunya. She is also a board member of the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, a non-profit organization that helps to facilitate the hospitality and exchange of international visitors to the city. Nancy has been a Fulbright Scholar twice, first to Estonia, and more recently to China (PRC). Her interests include opera and chamber music, biking, and activities related to her carnival organization, Krewe of Muses, and her ladies' wine-tasting club, Wine Queens. She lives in Uptown New Orleans in a historic and charmingly rundown shotgun house, with her partner Tom and their beagle Woodrow J. Dog.