The National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) is excited to announce that Robert is Here, the popular fruit stand and farm located in Homestead, Florida, is the next listing on their National Culinary Heritage Register. This prestigious honor will be presented on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11AM at Robert is Here, 19200 Southwest 344th Street in Homestead. Since 1959 Robert has been selling fruits and vegetables on the side of the road leading to the Everglades National Park, and the stand has expanded to offer rare and exotic tropical fruits as well as fresh fruit milkshakes.
NatFAB’s National Culinary Heritage Register is a list of culinary products, processes, inventions, traditions, and establishments that are at least fifty years old and that have contributed significantly to the development of American foodways. The first and only register of its kind, the National Culinary Heritage Register is an initiative designed to explore and preserve the complex history of food and beverage in America. “We are thrilled to have such an important national landmark on the Culinary Heritage Register,” says Liz Williams, President of National Food & Beverage Foundation.
According to Robert is Here’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Heather Moehling, “We are deeply honored to be affiliated with the National Culinary Heritage Registry and are humbled to have been a part of this growing South Dade community since 1959. Our goal has been to provide an educating experience of South Florida's finest rare and exotic tropical fruits and it is only with our loyal customers that mission has been a continued success.”
Food and beverage practices not only play a major role in America’s cultural identity, but they also offer valuable insights into the country’s past and present environment, economy, and social structures. Thus, understanding when, where, and how American food and beverage practices have developed allows for a more complete understanding of America’s culture and history. Mapping the origins and development of America’s complex culinary traditions is a daunting task, and as of yet, there has been no concerted effort to do so. By creating the National Culinary Heritage Register, NatFAB hopes to begin the important process of recording America’s extensive and flavorful foodways.
More information about the register and/or to apply, please visit http://natfab.org/national-culinary-heritage-register
The National Food and Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink—culture and geography, anthropology and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and technology—reveal the state of the world. NatFAB, home to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library, SoFAB Media, and the National Culinary Heritage Register, is among the nation’s most comprehensive cultural institutions studying food and drink. For more information, visit natfab.org.