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The Southern Food and Beverage Museum holds official opening gala on Friday, April 17 

  The Southern Food & Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-469-0405; holds a gala at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 marking its official opening at its new Central City location, and there are chefs' demonstrations throughout the weekend.

  The gala features food from Chef Ryan Hughes' restaurant Purloo (504-324-6020;, which recently opened inside the museum space, cocktails from spirits company Lillet and cooking demonstrations by slow food expert and host of Louisiana Eats! Poppy Tooker and Chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377; and Balise (640 Carondelet St., 504-459-4449; The patron party begins at 6 p.m. and features cocktails by Dale DeGroff (see "3-Course Interview," p. 25). Gala tickets are $145, $125 for museum members; patron party tickets are $200.

  Admission to the museum is free on Saturday, and there is a cooking demonstration by Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467; at 2 p.m. and a lecture by food writer and barbecue expert Steven Raichlen ( at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Chef Tariq Hannah of Sucre (3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; does a pastry demonstration at 2 p.m.

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