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The Museum of Food and Drink is an embryonic idea that looks to do for food and drink what aquariums have done for fish.  Currently operating a lab out of a garage front in Brooklyn, MOFAD has big ambitions.  According to the website "MOFAD seeks to advance public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink." 

There is a small exhibit running right now that explains the flavor industry. It centeres on the comparison of artificial versus natural flavors.  The history of the discovery and manufacturing processes features interactive "smell" machines that allow the visitor to mix scents to understand the impact on taste, perception and appeal. 

MOFAD is hard to recommend as a destination, because it is small and takes minutes to tour. However, located on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, MOFAD promotes itself in the wealth of things to do around it.  The lab is located across the street from the newly refurbished McCarren Park Pool.

MOFAD also features a summer guide to North Brooklyn, which features great restaurants, shops and breweries around the area.  

So if you are planning a trip to the area, stop by and see the beginnings.  Wouldn't we all have liked to see The MET or The Natural History Museum in the very beginning? 


About Lori Theisen

Lori Theisen is a co-founder and managing editor of The Literary Cafe. A journalism major before she got swept up into the world of corporate marketing, she always wanted to indulge her passion of books, culture and food.