In New Orleans, great food is on every single corner. Whether it’s modern creations or dishes that tie back to our rich history, a memorable meal at one of more than 1,400 restaurants is easy to come by. But what about in our own kitchens? Ever wondered how to make a roux or the trick to perfect meuniere sauce? The restaurant industry is booming in New Orleans, so many people work as chefs, servers, and in other kitchen-oriented roles. For others, a cooking lesson might help refresh their skills or even ignite a newfound passion for food preparation. A weekly cooking class at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) allows us to do both these things in an educational environment with state-of-the-art equipment – learn more about it and other worthwhile cooking classes below:
Learn to Make Classic NOLA Dishes at SoFAB
When: Mondays at 11:00 am.
Where: The Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
How Much: $40 per class
More Information: Every week inside the museum’s state-of-the-art culinary innovation center (presented by Rouses and Jenn-Air), members of the SoFAB staff provide live cooking demonstrations with an in-depth look at how to create traditional New Orleans food – those one-of-a-kind dishes that can be found only in New Orleans.
The standard menu includes a detailed demonstration on how to make fresh tomato salad with Creole remoulade sauce, Creole jambalaya with chicken, sausage and vine-ripened tomatoes, and Bananas Foster with ice cream. You’ll get to sample all the main dishes, of course, plus French bread with butter and iced tea and coffee.
What’s more, your ticket price includes admission to the museum and a private tour – you’ll learn about the history of not only New Orleans cuisine but also popular food trends and culture throughout the South.
Revitalization on O.C. Haley
SoFAB is located on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (also known as O.C. Haley), an area in Central City that’s seen exciting improvements in the past few years. In addition to SoFAB, O.C. Haley has welcomed spaces like The New Orleans Jazz Market, Brady’s Wine Warehouse, Bike Easy, the Professor Longhair Museum, Purloo restaurant (located inside SoFAB), and many others. After your cooking class, you can explore and support these new businesses before heading home to recreate classic New Orleans flavors in your own kitchen.
Even More Cooking Classes
In a food-centric city like New Orleans, there are several options for cooking classes. Whether you attend the free classes at Whole Foods Market Arabella Station on Magazine Street, Langlois Culinary Crossroads in the Marigny, New Orleans School of Cooking in the French Quarter, or the New Orleans Cooking Experience on Carondelet, you can enrich your creativity while also learning to prepare healthy meals at home.