The highlight of our trip was the cooking class and cocktail walking tour. The chef was fun and gave us great tips for making mouth-watering gumbo, jambalaya and pecan pralines. The walking tour was a blast as tour guide Joe native New Orleanian shared the origin and history of local restaurants and bars, along with the unique drinks created at each bar on the tour. Bring some cash and/or your credit card so you can buy and taste the local drinks at each stop.
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.
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!
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.
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
Very enjoyable experience. Instructor did a great job providing historical information about New Orleans with the cooking demonstration.
We loved this experience. everyone was so friendly. Chef Michael was very entertaining and the food was great. Loved it
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!!!
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.
The 4 star rating is an average:
5 stars for the New Orleans Culinary experience. Chef Kevin personality and food are worth the cost. 0 stars for the Cocktail Walking tour weather. A tornado sprouted just before the tour started. Unfortunately, my wife and I could not reschedule because we were departing the next day. 5 stars for Viator and the tour company for handling the refund.
Helen D Australia
The cooking course was amazing. The chef Touya was hilarious and demonstrated the food in a way that made me want to run home and whip it up for myself. Great atmosphere.
The cocktail tour portion was also awesome with the guide giving loads of advice and tidbits of information. A great way to see new orleans and get away from Bourbon Street.
Only negative was that because our cooking tour ran long we missed the cocktail course. Luckily though the tour was just able to book us on it for the next day. So we didn't do the two tours on the same day. But I found that was better.
Ann P USA
Both parts of the tour were excellent. The cooking class was informative and entertaining. The cocktail tour was full of interesting stories about the origin of local drinks. The problem we had was that the cooking school did not end at 4 and we had to leave early to get to the other half of the tour. They might be more enjoyable if done separately rather than together.
Enjoyed the cooking demonstration however, the timing between the class and the cocktail walking tour was too tight almost late for tour. Our tour guide was not the most engaging and took off early at the last stop.
The cooking class was great. However, there were no clear instructions for my friends and I after it was done. Unfortunatley we missed our cocktail tour. Bummer. Luckily we were booked on another day. Needless to say I do not recommend this tour due to this fact.
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