In 1905, Jean Galatoire opened Galatoire’s, a restaurant that brought together the traditional favors and recipes from his birthplace in Pardies, France to Bourbon Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter. From its humble beginnings on Bourbon St, Galatoire’s has grown into an icon of the New Orleanian culinary experience. The Galatoire family is still an active part of the restaurant to this day, and they are dedicated to continuing Galatoire’s legacy of exceptional French-Creole fine dining.
The Southern Food & Beverage Museum has received several pieces of Galatoire’s history over the years from both collectors and David and Mary Gooch, descendants of Jean Galatoire, and recently SoFAB has brought those pieces together to create the Galatoire’s exhibit within the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery. Located next to two other iconic New Orleanian restaurant exhibits, Antoine’s and Tujaque’s, the Galatoire’s exhibit showcases artifacts and memories from the restaurant’s history from a glass celebrating the restaurant’s 100th anniversary to letters from Julia Child recounting her visits to Galatoire’s in the 70’s. Together these pieces tell the story of an important landmark in the South’s culinary history.
Items in the Galatoire’s collection include: the 1920’s restaurant ledger, Mardi Gras beads, the restaurant’s engraved silverware, a hand-embroidered napkin, restaurant note pads from the 40’s and 90s, letters from Julia Child, and more!