Thursday, March 15, 2012

LRA donates culinary books to SoFab

The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) is pleased to donate nearly 100 books to New Orleans’ Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) this afternoon. The books, some of which have been a part of the LRA’s library for more than 50 years, will have a home at SoFAB’s new, 30,000 square-foot facility on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

The donation consists of reference books, cookbooks and business books, all for the restaurateur. Titles include: Professional Knowledge: The Art of Cookery,” Volumes I-III, printed in 1951; “Professional Baking,” printed in 1985; “Gourmet’s Basic French Cookbook,” printed in 1961; “Principles of Food Sanitation,” printed in 1985 and “Hospitality and Travel Marketing,” printed in 1989.

“SoFAB is really excited to have this collection of books about the business of food and restaurants for the SoFAB library,” said Liz Williams, SoFAB Director/President. “The library currently has more than 9,000 volumes. We hope to be open by the fall of this year when we will share the collection with the public. We thank the LRA for this donation.”

The LRA decided to donate these living documents to SoFAB so that they could be appreciated by a much larger audience. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to view these books and get a better understanding of the knowledge base needed to successfully run a restaurant.

“We are delighted to offer a portion of our library to SoFAB,” said LRA President & CEO Stan Harris. “The LRA considers education a top priority and we are proud to share this valuable information with the general public about the restaurant industry.

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