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Cooking the Books at SoFAB
Jyl Benson & Poppy Tooker to Launch Monthly Cookbook-Based Dinner Club

NEW ORLEANS --July 29, 2015 - On Thursday, August 27th Jyl Benson, SoFAB's Director of Culinary Programming, and Poppy Tooker, host of WWNO's "Louisiana Eats!, " will launch the Louisiana Eats & Cooks Club at the Rouse's Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. For each of the monthly dinners Jyl and Poppy will choose a cookbook-contemporary, current, outdated, out of print, whatever they fancy- then entertain the crowd as they cook a three-course meal from the chosen book for attending guests in the demonstration kitchen.

The monthly series will kick off with The Times-Picayune's hardcover reissuance of Cooking up a Storm to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. TP food writers and co-authors Judy Walker and Marcelle Bienvenu will join Jyl and Poppy in the kitchen on this special night.

Upon arrival at 6:30 p.m. guests will be welcomed with Lady Helen's Cheese Straws. When they take their seats they will enjoy a demonstration of Corrine Dunbar's Oyster and Artichoke Appetizer followed by a Meaty Cajun Gumbo served with Warm, Spicy Potato Salad. Masson's unique Almond Torte will finish out the meal.

The cost of the dinner is $85 per person ($75 for SoFab members), inclusive of dinner, wine, tax and gratuity. Visit or call 504.267.7490 to make a reservation. The next dinner will be September 24 with dishes from the cookbook Fun, Funky & Fabulous: New Orleans Casual Restaurant Recipes by Jyl Benson.

About Poppy Tooker: Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table. She brings all of these elements to the table in her weekly NPR affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! recently named 2014's Best Radio Show by the New Orleans Press Club. She provides weekly restaurant commentary on the PBS show, Steppin' Out seen on WYES TV. She is the author of three books: The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook (2007), a 2012 re-issue of Madame Begue's Recipes of Old New Orleans Cookery, and Louisiana Eats! Her next book, the Tujague's Restaurant Cookbook - Creole Recipes and Lore in the Grand New Orleans Tradition will be published in the fall of 2015.

About Jyl Benson: A former writer for The Times Picayune, The New York Times and Time magazine, Jyl's first cookbook book Galatoire's Cookbook: Recipes & Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant (Random House) was published in 2005. She served as Editor-In-Chief of Louisiana Cookin' magazine from 2009 to 2011 and founded Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine in 2012. Her new book, Fun Funky & Fabulous: New Orleans Casual Restaurant Recipes (Pelican Publishing), was published in February of 2015. She currently serves as the Director of Culinary Programming for the SoFab Institute, as a contributor to Country Roads magazine, the dining columnist for Acadiana Profile magazine, and Food & Dining Editor for St. Charles Avenue Magazine.
About the Southern Food & Beverage Museum
In September 2014, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) opened in its new location at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in the renovated Dryades Market, a public food market which first opened in New Orleans in 1847. Named as one of 2015's "11 of the World's Top Food Museums" by CNN, SoFAB is a division of the nonprofit SoFAB Institute, which celebrates the food and drink of all cultures, with a focus on the history of cuisine and cocktails, through a variety of exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Located inside SoFAB are The Museum of the American Cocktail's (MOTAC) New Orleans collection; Purloo, Chef Ryan Hughes's living exhibit and restaurant celebrating the flavors and culinary traditions of the South; and spectacular new exhibits, including La Galerie d'Absinthe and a commemoration of Antoine's 175th Anniversary.