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Epicurean Exhibitions
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is now open in the Riverwalk Marketplace, the shopping mall along the riverfront at Spanish Plaza. The museum features exhibition space, a gift shop called the SoFAB Store and a tasting room for samples of items related to exhibitions. Opening exhibitions include "Laissez Faire-Savoir Fare," the cuisine of Louisiana and New Orleans; "Eating in the White House---America's Food," featuring the food in the White House with an emphasis on the kitchens and chefs; and  "Wish You Were Here," a private collection of postcards depicting African-Americans and food. Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1 Poydras St., Ste.169, New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-569-0405.
Best in Show
The best in show awards for food at each of the two Grand Tasting events at the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience went to chef Matt Murphy of Melange at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans for his sesame crusted tuna and to chef Anthony Spizale of the Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel for his Gulf fish with Creole tomatoes.
Galatoire Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off Winner
Galatoire's chef Brian Landry was crowned the "king of Louisiana seafood" for winning the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, a contest held in the Superdome during this year's New Orleans Food & Wine Experience. His preparation of lemonfish with crab butter earned him the honors. Landry also represented Louisiana in the fifth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off at the Louisiana Foodservice EXPO in New Orleans, which featured a competition of chefs from around the country preparing their local seafood. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
Zoë Debuts New Menus
At Zoë inside the W New Orleans, chef Roberto Bustillo has introduced new lunch and dinner menus with a decidedly Pacific rim theme. His blackened opaka paka, for instance, is a south Pacific pink snapper prepared with roasted corn, pickled okra relish and smoked tomato fennel broth. The steamed mero, a south Pacific sea bass, is wrapped in leek and finished with a mint coconut broth.  The menu also includes Bustillo's roasted duck breast with a rhubarb cherry jus, which won a silver medal prize in the food competition at the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience this year. Zoë, W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 2nd Fl., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-9444.
Cocktail Museum Opens
The Museum of the American Cocktail is now open in New Orleans. Although housed within the newly launched Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Riverwalk Marketplace, the Museum of the American Cocktail is a separate organization from the food museum. Founder Ted Haigh has curated an exhibition on liquor concoctions in American history and culture, including vintage cocktail shakers, Prohibition-era literature and cocktail memorabilia. The Museum of the American Cocktail, Southern Food & Beverage Museum at the Riverwalk Marketplace, One Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-569-0405.

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