GSN Alert: GiveNOLA Day, May 6th to Support Museum of the American Cocktail

MOTAC SealGive to MOTAC on GiveNOLA Day, May 6th!

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail are joining the New Orleans nonprofit community tomorrow, May 6th, to participate in GiveNOLA Day, an online fundraising event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It goes on for a full 24 hours – the campaign starts at 12:01 AM and ends at 11:59 PM (Central). The GNOF has raised over $300,000 to “stretch” all the funds raised on this one day, so this is the perfect time to give and demonstrate your support for SoFAB!

How Do I Donate?

Just visit anytime TOMORROW, MAY 6th, and give what you can. The minimum donation is $10. Tell your friends, join our Facebook event, and help spread the word. The larger your gift, the greater its impact. Additionally, a very generous member of the SoFAB Board of Directors will match your gift on a one-to-one basis up to $5,000.

Why Donate?

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail are happy to announce we’ll be cutting the ribbon on our new home on September 29, 2014! We’ll continue to document and celebrate the food and drink of all cultures, both in New Orleans and wherever we offer programming around the country, in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.

Your gift on this day will:

Help SoFAB and MOTAC open our shiny new space with exciting new exhibits.
Help us promote the opening and introduce the collections to new audiences.
Directly support our other programs and divisions, including the SoFAB Culinary Library & Archive and SoFAB Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture.
Keep us dreaming bigger and bigger!

All gifts are 100% tax-deductible. Thank you again for supporting the SoFAB Institute!

Imbibing Mr. Boston: Black Feather Cocktail

IMG_3640-800If you’re not familiar with the excellent work of Robert “Drinkboy” Hess, you should be.  One of the founding members of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, he also is the host of an award-winning online video series.  Just watching these videos will give you an education on technique and a history of the classics. I asked Robert to tell me a bit about his creation, the Black Feather.

“One of the earliest cocktails I ever created, at least that was any good, was the Black Feather. I created this to be my “house cocktail” at the home bar I was building, which I had already christened as the “Black Feather” (and you can see me working behind this bar on episodes of “The Cocktail Spirit” on Since the house itself was in very much a French theme, I wanted to focus on using French ingredients. Frankly, I think this turned out really well.”

You can watch Robert make his cocktail at the Black Feather bar here.

Personally, I think this is a great drink to savor after a long day.  Elegant, crisp and slightly mysterious, it captivates your palate in a bold way.

Black Feather
1oz brandy
1oz dry vermouth
0.5oz triple sec
1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: lemon twist.

Stir and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Add lemon twist.

GSN Alert: SoBou & MOTAC Team Up in 2013

image002Bar Chef Abigail Gullo kicks off the new monthly series with a seminar titled “I’ll Take Manhattan,” discussing the history, techniques, and variations of the beloved classic cocktail

(New Orleans, LA; December 21, 2012) – Looking to brush up on your mixology knowledge in 2013? You’re in luck! New Orleans’ “Spirited Restaurant” SoBou has partnered with Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) to host a series of monthly seminars, each focusing on a different aspect of cocktail culture. The series will take place on the first Monday of the month, beginning January 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., where SoBou’s Bar Chef and New York City transplant

Abigail Gullo will lead a seminar entitled “I’ll Take Manhattan.” She will discuss the history and techniques behind this beloved cocktail, as well as demonstrate the classic version of the Manhattan (typically made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters), along with two variations.

“I’ve been dreaming about hosting a seminar like this for years,” says Bar Chef Gullo. “The Manhattan has always had a special place in my heart – in fact; it was the first drink my grandfather taught me to make. For me it combines history, both personal and otherwise, along with my favorite spirits, and the city that inspires me.”

The event, which is sponsored by Wild Turkey, will be held at SoBou, located in the W New Orleans – French Quarter. For $35 (MOTAC and SOFAB members receive a 20% discount), guests will enjoy bites from SoBou along with Manhattan cocktails and spirited conversation from the Manhattan girl herself.

Advanced tickets can be purchase by visiting (Limited space is available). There will be no event in February due to Mardi Gras and Super Bowl XLVII. Seminars will be held on March 4 and April 1, with topics to be announced at a later date.