The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a sensory way (tasting events! hands-on exhibits!) to learn about Southern food history, from Kentucky bourbon to Louisiana boudin. The museum often hosts low-cost or free events, and does a remarkable job of placing the foods you're eating in New Orleans (and beyond) into a larger social and historical context, from kitchen tools to Creole-Italian dishes. If you’re looking to really geek out, there’s a fascinating culinary library full of Southern cookbooks waiting to be explored.