Home for Food The Southern Food and Beverage Museum ( celebrates the grand opening of its permanent home this week. The nonprofit museum was formed in 2004 to showcase the food, drink and related culture of the South, and its organizers have since held exhibits on a temporary basis in other spaces. After a long hunt for a permanent location, the group announced in February that it would move into the Riverwalk Marketplace . The museum will feature exhibit space, run a gift shop called the SoFAB Store and have a tasting room for samples of items related to exhibits. There will be a grand opening party on Thursday, June 5, with tickets available online for $60, or $125 for the party and an earlier preview event. The group will also hold a ribbon-cutting for the museum at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Opening exhibits include "Laissez Faire-Savoir Fare," about the cuisine of Louisiana and New Orleans, "Eating in the White House — America's Food," featuring the food served in the president's home with an emphasis on the kitchens and chefs, and "Wish You Were Here," a private collection of postcards depicting African Americans and food. For information and tickets, go to Fathers First Matt Murphy , executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton's Mélange Restaurant (921 Canal St., 524-1331; became a father in a big way late last year when his wife delivered quadruplets, all girls. It's fitting then that this year he will preside over a first-time Father's Day brunch, the Ritz-Carlton's modification of the popular Mother's Day tradition. The brunch will feature a raw bar as well as salads, meat carving stations, meat and seafood grilling stations and a dessert bar. Beer will be the drink of the day. Fathers in attendance will receive a gift bag and a recipe booklet from Murphy as well. The brunch is served between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 16, and the cost is $55 per person. Lemongrass Skirts La Thai Uptown (4938 Prytania St., 899-8886;, recently relocated from Old Metairie, has started a new tiki-themed happy hour every Thursday. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the bar runs a two-for-one special on tiki-style cocktails like the blue Hawaiian, mai tai, scorpion, fog cutter and zombie, while the kitchen serves free Polynesian-inspired hors d'oeuvres. — McNulty

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