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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL … LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULEZ
 NEW ORLEANS CULINARY & HIGHLIGHT TOUR

New Orleans Culinary Tour… Creole & Cajun cuisine plus.
New Orleans takes its place on the world culinary stage as we pay homage to
its young chefs who are serving some of the most innovative food anywhere in the world. We guarantee you will be amazed.

2016 Date TBD


NEW ORLEANS HAS A RICH CULINARY HERITAGE DATING BACK SOME 300 YEARS. The French, Spanish, Germans, Africans  have all left their mark, influences that make the cuisine unique.

To enjoy New Orleans, you have to be ready to have a good time. Embrace the idea of Let the Good Times Roll exemplified by James Beard Award winner, chef Donald Link. As part of one of his recipes, he includes: 6 beers for the chef.

Arnaud’s Restaurant

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Food  overview:  New Orleans cuisine is based on the bounty of its ingredients: rice, oysters, shrimp,. pigs, homemade sausages. Dishes defined: tasso, boudin, etouffee, muffuletta, creole mustard and more.

Eating well marks the Louisiana lifestyle . Friends and families get together to celebrate everything from the day of the week to funerals. Family cooked  meals feature their iconic dishes plus  stews , just caught or just butchered or just just made ingredients .. None of that “I’m on a diet” mentality in the Big Easy.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TOUR:

…We explore Creole & Cajun food  by tasting the finest contemporary examples of both New Orleans cuisine as practiced by two great chefs at their restaurantsn: John Besh’s Luke & Donald Link's Cochon.

John Besh....
“I believe our city is a true national treasure, with one of the few native urban cultures and cusines that still thrive in this country. No other place is like New Orleans.”

Donald Link...
“Friends, family and good food are inseparable in Cajun Country”
“You don’t see Cajun food on white tablecloths.”

…Learning to make the perfect  roux (secrets of success), tips on gumbo and jambalaya.

…Tasting Tradition…...We salute the old time restaurants: Gumbo at Antoine’s, Shrimp Remoulade at Arnaud’s, Bananas Foster at Brennans, Turtle Soup at Commander’s Palace.

…Farm to Table…before the term was coined. New Orleans probably should be credited as the first to practice it.

CULINARY TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1…

Arrive in New Orleans as early as possible…the rest of the day’s events will depend on your arrival time.

Afternoon…Walking tour of the French Quarter.

Evening… Why not eat what you may consider your best meal first? Dinner at Revolution, a fairly new upscale restaurant in the Sonesta Plaza Hotel.

Followed up by an interlude of  jazz at the Mayfield Club, also in our hotel

Duck confit with fried egg pizza

Authentic New Orleans Jambalaya

Beignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde

Day 2…

8:30 am Beignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde…

10-12:30…New Orleans Cooking School…perhaps 100 people sit at large round tables and are treated to a “fun” demonstration of making roux, gumbo and jambalaya . You will enjoy thefascinating history of fNew Orlean punctuated with free flowing pitchers of beer (maybe not in the am) and iced tea…

Visit The Spice & Tea Exchange across the street…a great source for all kinds of exotic salts, spices and teas.

2pm. Tasting Walking Tour:  gumbo at Antoine’s  plus a walk through some of their stunning 16 private dining rooms; shrimp remoulade at Arnaud’s and their small Mardi Gras museum. Several other stops at restaurants featuring their specialties.

Evening…A Donald Link night where we eat dinner at two of his restaurants: Cochon (first course) and entrée at his new seafood restaurant just opened in April.

Death by Gumbo at Revolution

Oyster & Bacon BLT at Cochon

Day 3…

8am: Breakfast at Brennan’s ...we invite you to an unorthodox breakfast: Bananas Foster, of course. Choose other dishes such as gumbo, stuffed crepes

Walking tour of the Garden District…

10 to 3pm plus…Sure, you will get a historical view of this upscale Garden District by a tour guide who is a master story teller and perhaps offers the most caring attitude of any of our guides anywhere. Consider that he offers those small cane seats for everyone. Halfway through the walk, there’s water, wraps if you are cold; umbrellas if it rains.

Commander’s Palace

Authentic New Orleans Jambalaya and the iconic New Orleans cocktail, the famous Sazerac

The culinary part of this tour is a 3 hour plus lunch at Commander’s Palace. There is a printed menu, place cards, flowers on the table and those 25 cent martinis. In case you’ve wondered about New Orleans obsession with cocktails, we get to taste the iconic New Orleans cocktail, the famous Sazerac, made with rye whiskey, angostura bitters, liquorice flavored Herbsaint or absinthe and a lemon twist. There’s sparkling wine to start and wine served throughout. The TLC of the wait staff is some of the best service we’ve experienced anywhere. There’s even a tour of the kitchen.

Dinner at NOLA, Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant in the French Quarter. You can eat as simply as a pizza. I had duck confit pizza with a fried egg. It brings pizza to a whole new level. Emeril has two other restaurants in New Orleans. All 3 are about 20 years old and raved about by the NY Times and yours truly. I’ve changed my idea of Emeril and his cooking skills.

Day 4
Half day visit to 2 historic plantations:  Oak Alley & Laura with its fascinating history of Creole family. Lunch at one of plantations.

Evening … See the city sparkle  at night from the vantage point of a steamboat that cruises the Mississippi (optional)


Steamboat Natchez two hour nightime cruise of harbor


Day 5…

Leave for Home

Costs:

$2900 (minimum 4 participants) …4 night hotel, single occupancy without a single supplement. Tours included: Garden District, two dinners (Revolution & Commander’s Palace lunch counted as a dinner), Beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde, Dinner allowance is set at $50. Of course, you can order more and pay for costs above $50. Wine and alcoholic beverages not included.

Not included: airfare, airport transfers (cab from airport set at $33), 4 breakfasts. Lunch on day 2, Cochon lunch,other tours not specified in itinerary. Might include city tour, Harbor cruise: Mississipi River. September Tour...this is a specially priced tour. Fall tours more expensive due to rise in hotel rates.