Updates from On the Line
The SoFAB Gumbo Garden is a green space behind Southern Food & Beverage Museum open to Martin Luther King Dr.. The garden plans includes an outdoor cooking space, garden, eating area and art space. A door through the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air provides access to the Garden.
The design for the space, which was generously executed by volunteer Steven Thesman, provides for cooking spaces to the rear of the garden, walking paths and a concrete-based covered "porch." Exhibition spaces will highlight working outdoor culinary artifacts, such as the Franklin Smoker, which was donated by Austin Texas BBQ Pittmaster Aaron Franklin. The smoker is used heavily by the staff at Toups' South, Chef Isaac Toups eatery on the museum's campus. A canopy will be installed over the 1925 Mack Oyster Truck, which is under restoration by SoFab member and former Chairman of the Board, Edward Johnson .
After hours, the Gumbo Garden will serve as a venue for Museum functions and events.