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!
10am Class at New Orleans School of Cooking
Monday: gumbo, jambalaya and pralines
Tuesday: corn and crab bisque, chicken etouffée and pralines
Wednesday: gumbo, chicken Creole and pralines
Thursday: gumbo, jambalaya and pralines
Friday: gumbo, jambalaya and pralines
Saturday: shrimp artichoke soup, chicken etouffée and pralines
Sunday: corn and crab bisque, chicken etouffee, and pralines
4pm Guided Cocktail Walking Tour at Gray Line Lighthouse (Toulouse Street at Mississippi River)