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Get Cookin’

Expand your kitchen skills with SoFAB’s new spring cooking classes.
March 28th, 2017 by: Misty Milioto

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum recently introduced a new spring lineup of cooking classes that includes the brand new Taste of Louisiana: Cajun Cuisine — an exploration of the cooking and foodways of Louisiana’s Cajun culture. During each cooking class, Elizabeth (Liz) Williams, SoFAB founder and president, and Jyl Benson, SoFAB culinary programming director, present unique demonstrations in the state-of-the-art Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air.

The new Taste of Louisiana: Cajun Cuisine class takes place this month April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($50 per person) and includes a menu of macques choux with tasso; Cajun gumbo with dark roux, andouille and chicken, served with Louisiana long-grain rice; Gateau de Sirop (Cajun spice cake with cane syrup); and iced tea with lemon. The two other classes on offer are Taste of New Orleans: Creole Italian (April 4 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Taste of New Orleans: A Creole Lunch (April 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — both cost $40 per person.

The three-course lunch demonstrations offer an in-depth and up-close look into how to create delicious traditional dishes that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Participants will receive recipes to take home, as well as insider tips to make the dishes easier to prepare at home. The instructors also are happy to provide advice on cooking, dining and local interests. “Here in New Orleans, we are so lucky to have such a strong food culture,” says Maria Muro, publisher of New Orleans Living. “These classes aim to keep that culture alive and well. There truly is no place like home.”

Ticket prices include admission and a guided private tour of the museum led by Williams, and there is a discounted price for SoFAB Members. Be sure to purchase tickets 48 hours in advance (and make any special dietary requests at that time). Classes are running now through June 1. 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 267-7490,