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New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

1. New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking with cajun and creole chefs teaching New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales. The chef will share the fascinating history of New Orleans, and how culture and cuisine are interwoven. Follow along and learn how to make mouth-watering creole and cajun dishes and dig in after the class. At the end of the class, you will receive a coupon to use in the general store and are encouraged to go home and try to make the dishes yourselves.  The general store, as well as the classroom, are both located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The store has a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products and is the home of the famous Joe's Stuff Creole Seasoning, used and loved by local chefs and visitors alike. Program of Menus: 10 AM Class · Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding and Pralines · Monday: Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Pecan Pie and Pralines · Tuesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bananas Foster and Pralines · Thursday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Shrimp Creole, Bananas Foster & Pralines · Friday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup, Bread Pudding, Pralines 2 PM Class · Saturday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup and Pralines · Sunday, Tuesday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Chicken Etouffee and Pralines · Monday, Thursday, Friday: Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines · Wednewday: Gumbo, Chicken Creole, Pralines

New Orleans: Culinary Experience and Cocktail Tour

2. New Orleans: Culinary Experience and Cocktail Tour

Discover the rich culinary history of New Orleans on a tour that combines a cooking class with a French Quarter cocktail tour. First, learn about the basics of Louisiana cuisine from a professional chef during an entertaining demonstration, then sample classics such as jambalaya, gumbo, and pralines. When your cooking class ends you'll have a few minutes to shop in the General Store before your tour guide arrives at the school to pick you up for the second part of your tour. Admire the architecture of the French Quarter as you stroll through the neighborhood, stopping in historic bars to sip the Big Easy’s most celebrated cocktails. Discover the flavors and culture of New Orleans during this fun and informative tour.

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4.7 / 5

based on 223 reviews

Wonderful experience!! We were greeted by our very skilled Chef Diane Marie “Gumbo Marie”. We were seated at our preset table settings. Cold water, iced tea and coffee were immediately available. After sitting and covering the preliminaries, we were introduced to our Wonderful server, Keith. Keith is so quiet and humble, very nice young man. Also there was Rico who assisted the Chef and kept us laughing with his friendly banter with the Chef. Everything was homemade. The biscuits were like your grandma or auntie’s that live in the country and bakes from scratch.. Delicious!! We sat back and watched the Chef prepare gumbo, jambalaya, banana foster and pralines as she described every step and also provided tips and variations we could use for the recipes. Keith served us as we enjoyed each dish separately (we ate each as it was finished being prepared). Beer was served with the meal if you like. Chef Marie timed the dishes perfectly for our enjoyment. BOOK IT!! You will have no regrets!

Both our instructor and the food was amazing! Our instructor took us through three great dishes. He was born and raised right in the French quarter. He was funny, entertaining, and extremely knowledgeable about history, food, and NOLA culture. We learned so much. We didn’t actually do any of the cooking, but I felt really educated and like I could recreate it on my own with the recipes they gave us. Only complaint was that you enter through a somewhat gimmicky store and the recipes say a spice mix that they sell. It will be difficult to recreate on your own without buying the spice mix from them.

Harriet, our instructor, was a delight!! Food was wonderful! Learned a lot of great tips! Entire staff was very friendly and accommodating! Great experience!

It was fun and the instructor was really interactive and gave an in depth history lesson of New Orleans. It was great!

Enjoyed watching how they make the different recipes and then being able to taste them.