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Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 28 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Mar 28, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

First Time Renovator…

Mar 28 - 28, 2017
This three-night course focuses on how best to manage a renovation project. … more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 28 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 28 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

Senga Nengudi:…

Mar 28 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Mar 28, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

The All-Star…

Mar 28 - May 30, 2017
The only Classic Americana show of its kind in New Orleans, each week featuring… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Mar 29, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

Gordon Biersch…

Mar 29, 2017 - Feb 27, 2019
Come enjoy the  monthly Brewer's dinner where the Chef and Head Brewmaster… more

Saenger Theatre…

Mar 29 - 29, 2017
He is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, the main creative… more

Sippin' In the…

Mar 29 - 29, 2017
Come and enjoy great food and entertainment in one of the most beautiful and… more

The Maison Presents -…

Mar 29 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Mar 29 - 29, 2017
Join us for the 18th Annual Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series… more

Dividing the Estate

Mar 30 - Apr 15, 2017
The third regional premiere of our season is the winner of the Outer Critics… more

Heart of the House

Mar 30, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park 1st…

Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017
Join us for the 1st Annual Treme Crab Festival! Festival go-ers will experience… more

Lilith in Loa…

Mar 30, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

RAW: New Orleans =…

Mar 30 - 30, 2017
Join us @ RAW: New Orleans for a local creative explosion of film, fashion,… more

SoFAB’s New Spring…

Mar 30 - Jun 1, 2017
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) has just introduced its spring… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 28 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Foodie Adventures - Culinary Tours, Tastings and Cooking Classes

Get up and close with the dishes and drinks you love on a New Orleans food or beverage tour.

Étouffée, Oysters Rockefeller, the Sazerac cocktail and pralines — it's impossible to tell the story of New Orleans without talking about its famous dishes, drinks and desserts. You could read all about the finer qualities of these culinary icons, but to really get what Cajun and Creole cuisine are like, you simply have to come down here and taste it for yourself.

Thankfully, several companies have stepped up to give visitors an insider's look at the history and mysteries of these delicacies. Here are a few to whet your appetite.

Food Tours

Destination Kitchen/Food Tours New Orleans specializes in full-immersion cooking and dining experiences, with tours that go through the French Quarter, Uptown and St. Charles Avenue. Spend a day getting your fill of beignets and French Market products you won't find outside of New Orleans, or venture to Garden District landmarks, where guides will tell you about the history of New Orleans and its famous food.

Speaking of history, New Orleans Culinary History Tours takes visitors to two of the city's oldest restaurants (among them: Antoine's and Tujague's, both in business for over 150 years). If you're up for combining your tour with a cooking demo, New Orleans Culinary History Tours provides those, too.

Clearly, the food history in New Orleans goes deep, so check out these additional culinary tours — each offering a unique food tour around New Orleans.

SoFAB
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum showcases the best of south Louisiana and beyond. The museum honors high-profile restaurateurs and chefs, as well as the small-scale cooks and homemakers who have added their own flavors to Southern cuisine for generations.

Cooking Classes

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New Orleans School of Cooking
New Orleans has a rich dining tradition, and at Langlois Culinary Crossroads and The New Orleans School of Cooking, you can actively take part in it. Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with chefs and fellow culinary enthusiasts to learn tricks of the trade, all while dining on Creole and Cajun dishes in the heart of the city that made them famous.

Meet some of the city's most beloved local celebrities and chefs at New Orleans Cooking Experience, located just steps from the Lower Garden District. Start your visit with a glass of wine and a four-course cooking demonstration, while learning about the intricacies of Creole cuisine and the stories behind the dishes. Then tour the 19th century Queen Anne home where classes are held, followed by an expertly prepared dinner.

Beer and Spirits Tours

See what's brewing at Gordon Biersch, located, appropriately, in the old Jax Brewery building on the Mississippi riverfront. Join the brew master and staff on a behind-the-scenes tour of Gordon Biersch's beer making process, where you'll learn the difference between preparing Hefeweizens, pilsners and more exotic brews.

Head to a brewery tour at Crescent City Brewing. This brewery is believed to be the oldest in Louisiana and is located in a historic Creole townhouse just a few blocks from Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. Taste the four brews and dive in to the tasty menu while listening to live jazz daily.

At Drink & Learn, the experience delivers interactive presentations that use the city's famous drinks to describe the rich history of New Orleans. Historian Elizabeth Pearce will guide you through the libations as she tells the tales of rum, rebellion, whiskey and more. 

Drink up and enjoy Gray Line Tours' cocktail walking tours, offered at 4 p.m. daily. Learn the fascinating stories behind the Sazerac and absinthe, whose close association with New Orleans is the stuff of legend.

In south Louisiana, where sugar farming once reigned supreme, rum has a long and lush history. Celebration Distillation, makers of Old New Orleans Rum, carries on that tradition every day at its Frenchmen Street location. Stop in for a tour and see the distilling, filtering and fermenting processes in action, and then stop by the tasting room for a sip and to buy a bottle to take home.