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Saturday, August 12, 2017

WHO/WHAT: The Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) presents a special event with, Justin Fox Burks, Chef and Co-Author of The Chubby Vegetarian. Burks will conduct a book signing, cooking demonstration, and sampling of recipes featured in the award-winning cookbook he co-authored with his wife Amy Lawrence,

In 2008, Burks and Lawrence started sharing creative recipes for the home cook when they launched the blog, The Chubby Vegetarian. Their first cookbook, The Southern Vegetarian: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table (Thomas Nelson) was released in 2013. The Chubby Vegetarian blog along with Amy and Justin's expertise with vegetarian cuisine was highlighted on "The Great Food Truck Race" on The Food Network, and Justin judged the show's vegetarian challenge in Memphis. Their newest publication, The Chubby Vegetarian (Susan Schadt Press) is a compelling guide to modern vegetarian cuisine and is a game changer for the home cook with innovative recipes re-imagined with vegetables as the star of the plate. Recipes put a unique new spin on vibrant fare from all over the world like Carrot "Lox," Shiitake Ramen, Beet and Goat Cheese Ravioli, Grilled Eggplant Bánh Mì sandwiches, and many more surprising culinary translations. Recipes and work by The Chubby Vegetarian have been highlighted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Woman's Day, The Kitchn, Local Palate, The Huffington Post, Memphis Magazine, Edible Memphis, and The Memphis Flyer. Find out more at

WHEN/WHERE: The program on Saturday, August 12, 2017, begins at 1PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air. The demonstration is open to the public and complimentary with museum admission. Samples are available on a first come, first served basis. The Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air is located in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. For more information, visit or call 504.267.7490.



About Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB)
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 "11 of the World's Top Food Museums" by CNN and one of the "12 Best Museums Around the World" by Elle Decor, SoFAB is a division of the nonprofit National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), 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; the Boyd Library, Toup's South restaurant and spectacular exhibits, including La Galerie d'Absinthe.

About National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB)
The National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink-culture and geography, anthropology and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and technology-reveal the state of the world. NatFAB, home to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library, SoFAB Media, and the National Culinary Heritage Register, is among the nation's most comprehensive cultural institutions studying food and drink. For more information, visit