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Get the full Louisiana dining and imbibing experience with a New Orleans cooking class followed by French Quarter cocktail tour! Learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines during a 2‐hour live chef demo and tasting. Then visit historic French Quarter bars with a cocktail‐savvy guide. Sip on handcrafted mixes and learn the origin of New Orleans most celebrated drinks.

Highlights

  • 4-hour combination cooking class and French Quarter cocktail tour, in New Orleans
  • Learn to prepare classic Cajun cuisine during a cooking demonstration by a professional chef
  • Sample generous portions of New Orleans favorite dishes
  • Take recipes home with you to cook for your friends
  • See New Orleans through the lens of its culinary history
  • Visit historic bars where you hear the story of classic New Orleans cocktails, such as the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup
  • Enjoy the beauty of the French Quarter during your cocktail walking tour

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Culinary and Cocktail Walking Tour

Sazerac

Take your gastronomic tour of New Orleans to a new level with a lively cooking class and a historic cocktail tour! First, make your way to the New Orleans School of Cooking in the French Quarter, where your 4‐hour afternoon excursion begins. Grab a seat with fellow food enthusiasts for the 2‐hour session, during which you’ll get to know a professional chef and hear the history of Louisiana’s soulful cuisine, including the melting pot of cultural influence that distinguishes Cajun and Creole dishes. 
As your chef prepares classic dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffée, learn traditional techniques – such as the importance of a good roux – and the variety of unique spices that give classic Louisiana fare its distinctive flavor. After each live cooking demonstration (participants do not cook in this session), indulge in hearty samples paired with tasty local beer, iced tea or coffee. Take home a complimentary recipe book to hone your cooking chops!
Afterwards, take a welcome stroll through the timeless French Quarter. You’ll accompany a local cocktail‐ophile on an evolutionary tour of spirits and drink in New Orleans, stopping at several historic bars to sample iconic cocktails including a Pimm's Cup and a Sazerac – invented in 1850!  
Between stops, admire the incomparable Vieux Carré (‘Old Square’) – the city’s oldest neighborhood and remaining cultural hub. Learn about French, Spanish and Creole influence on this famous neighborhood, and view centuries‐old bars and eateries, including the city’s oldest restaurant for a peek at the wine cellar and private dining rooms. 
Your combo tour ends back at the starting point with plenty of time to check out a few other favorite local drinking holes – so be sure to get recommendations from your guide!

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Customer Reviews

Christine A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was definitely a highlight for us. Apart from picking up some valuable hints on creole food preparation, we were highly amused by the humorous and uplifting personality of Kevin Belton.
Then our cocktail walking tour really completed a nice afternoon for us. We visited establishments that we most likely would not have sought out on our own The Court of the Two Sisters, Antoine's.The tour guide, Sandra Smith, was so entertaining and full of life that I considered her a real NOLA gem. She not only guided us through the Quarter but made numerous recommendations on where to eat during our stay.

Mellanie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Too bad I cant give the New Orleans Culinary tour with Big Kevin and the cocktail tour with Joe 10 stars. We loved this tour!

Brett S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Chef Kevin was knowledgeable and entertaining. We have done a number of cooking classes and this is the best demo class ever.

The cocktail tour was equally entertaining and informative. The timing between the 2 tours is a little tight, but we made it withvno problem.

Shari S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent experience all around. The chef was awesome. Great show, great food, great stories. Cocktail walking tour always a plesure early on in a trip

Roy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

it was very good.

Jill K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very enjoyable experience. Instructor did a great job providing historical information about New Orleans with the cooking demonstration.

Suzanne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved this experience. everyone was so friendly. Chef Michael was very entertaining and the food was great. Loved it

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The Culinary portion of the tour was the only part I participated in and it was fabulous. The chef who taught the class and cooked the 3 dishes gumbo, pralines and jambalaya did so in a delightful mix of personal stories, humor and sharing tips. Each table had about 6 guests and the room was full. Ample food served to be a mini-meal for the late afternoon. Beer, tea, water served as well. Would recommend telling guests who also signed up for the cocktail tour before the cooking class begins to leave about 15 minutes early in order to walk over to meet up with the next tour to do the cocktail walking tour. We missed it because we didn't know. The tour staff were accommodating though and gave us other options for later that night. The Ghost Tour at 7p was awesome!!!

Jay G

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Great class at NO cooking school. Excellent tour guide for the cocktail walking tour.
However, we had to call Viator customer service to receive our vouchers for both activities as the email was not received within 48 hours of my booking the tours.

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