What began as a Kickstarter campaign three years ago has finally evolved into a dream come true for chef Dave Arnold: a museum exclusively dedicated to gastronomy. Scheduled to open October 28th, the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) will be located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Dubbed the MOFAD Lab, the 5,000-square foot space won't be the museum's permanent location but will feature edible exhibits that explore all aspects of food - from science and manufacturating to culinary history and anthropology, the New York Times reports.
While other food museums around the world are dedicated to one theme (think croissants or ramen), the exhibits at the MOFAD are meant to challenge convention.
photo courtesy MOFAD via Facebook
For instance, a project on chili peppers would address Christopher Columbus' trip to the Americas. This opens the door for a conversation on the culinary exchange between the two hemispheres and the impact of chili peppers in regional cuisines across Africa, Asia and Europe. Visitors may ponder questions such as: Would Indian food be as spicy? Would arrabbiata sauce still exist?
"When visitors come to MOFAD, they won't just see and touch - they will smell and taste as well...our mission is to change the way people think about food and inspire day-to-day curiosity about what we eat and why," the museum's website states.
The MOFAD Lab's first exhibit will be Flavor: Making it and Faking It will shed light on the somewhat obscure world of the flavor industry. For more info and updates, swing by the museum's website and Facebook page.