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St. Joseph's Day Celebration

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

Saint Joseph's Day is a special day for Italians and Sicilians the world over, and New Orleans is no exception. The holiday is celebrated here with St. Joseph's Day altars around the city, huge community meals, and thousands of Cuccidata. Join the Southern Food & Beverage Museum for a day dedicated to Saint Joseph's Day and learn about the special traditions of the day.

We'll be screening Amuri: Sacred Flavors of Sicily, a short documentary film that explores the culinary traditions of Sicily. SoFAB Director Liz Williams will give a brief history of Sicilians in New Orleans and the ways that cultural celebrations like Saint Joseph's Day have evolved over the years. Jyl Benson, SoFAB's Director of Culinary Programming, will demonstrate a popular Saint Joseph's Day recipe of Pasta with Sawdust. Throughout the afternoon, enjoy one of the delicious traditional Sicilian cookies baked by the beloved gelateria and pastry shop, Angelo Brocato, a taste of fruit preserves from the Anna Tasca Lanza school, and samples of Tasca d’Almerita Sicilian wines from The Winebow Group

The program begins at 2 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come first serve. Free with museum admission.

We're excited to offer free admission for Louisiana residents and Louisiana students all day! Free admission is made possible by support from Domino Foods, Inc. Many thanks to Ruth Koffman and Angelo Brocato for making this event possible.


About the Film

Amuri: The Sacred Flavors of Sicily is a year's journey through the colorful cuisine of five religious festivals across the island. Directed by Palermo-born Giacomo Costa, and produced by the internationally acclaimed Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School, the Kickstarter-funded documentary offers a glimpse of a Sicily rarely seen by outsiders, and an intimate portrait of the culinary and religious traditions at the center of the Sicilian spirit. More than just faith and flavors, Amuri highlights a way of life, a way of connecting with both land and family and withstanding the aftershocks of corruption, invasion, and earthquakes that have marked the Sicilian experience. From the sculptural village breads of Saint Joseph day in March to the castanet-like clatter of snails cooked in Palermo for Santa Rosalia in July, the documentary takes viewers on a mouth-watering tour around the island.