From Allison Thaemlitz
It is a common occurrence to have a line of people waiting outside of Galatoire’s Restaurant on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. At over a hundred years old, the restaurant has developed a place for itself among New Orleans’ culinary icons that many have discovered to be well worth the wait. Galatoire’s has become a destination for those seeking to enjoy a taste of old New Orleans social life with a bustling dining room and dinner jackets available for gentlemen who forgot to bring their own. Galatoire’s has welcomed generations of New Orleanians and visitors through its doors and has secured its place as an iconic restaurant for both its cuisine and its dining experience.
It all began in 1905, when 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.
Item’s you’ll discover in the 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!
Stop by and have a taste of this iconic New Orleans restaurant without the wait!