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New! French Market Culinary History Tour
Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.
Tour begins at A Tisket a Tasket Books & Gifts at 910 Decatur Street
First come first served; sign-ups required (sign up in the store at counter)
Arrive at 2:50 p.m. for 3:00 p.m. tour; sign ups allowed in-store earlier.

This culinary-focused tour begins at our cookbook-centric resident bookshop A Tisket a Tasket and includes stops at: Evans Creole Candy; a peek at the making of beignets at Café du Monde; river views with historical perspective on the our port and river influences on New Orleans food culture; and other historic and modern food facts about our six blocks of the French Market District history, from Butcher's Hall to Morning Call. The tour ends at the open air public market, where tour attendees will see the weekly Crescent City Farmers Market in action and get an overview from our market development manager about the ever-evolving eateries, daily vendors, cooking demonstrations, food festivals, and other activities in this bustling 365-day-a-year operation, "where history is made fresh daily." Tour is led by licensed local tour guide Anna Gonzalez, who also leads our Monday 10 a.m. and Wednesday 1:30 tours.

For more information on our weekly complimentary walking tours, visit

San Francisco Plantation is awarded LTPA's Attraction of the Year!  
2015 Travel Attraction of the Year

San Francisco PlantationDuring its Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday January 28, 2015, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) announced the winners of the Louey Awards, which honor and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry. San Francisco Plantation was the recipient of the 2015 Travel Attraction of the Year Award. The Travel Attraction of the Year Award is presented to an attraction, museum, historic site, tour organization, etc. that delivers memorable experiences, meets visitor expectations, appeals to a wide range of travelers, understands the value of partnerships and consistently draws visitors to Louisiana. Tailored group itineraries and popular events like Frisco Fest have visitors taking notice of this opulent plantation home. Visitors are taken on an emotional trip into the plantation's past that illuminates the colorful history of Louisiana from a variety of perspectives. Guides discuss southern culture, the sugar-making economy, architecture, and the female experience in the Old South.

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The Ladybug Roller Coaster in City Park is Back

The much awaited Ladybug Roller Coaster is back in City Park. The coaster was fabricated in Deggendorf, Germany. To ride the Ladybug Roller Coaster, there is a minimum height of 52" or 40" with a paid adult. The new roller coaster is larger and faster with a larger footprint than its predecessor. The Ladybug has 10 cars and each car has 2 seats.

OPENING DATE: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 11am to 6pm

Le Meridien Debuts in the Big Easy with the Opening of Le Meridien New Orleans -
Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space

NEW ORLEANS - December 18, 2014 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, (NYSE: HOT) today unveiled Le Meridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation.  The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

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We are thrilled to announce that Signature Events has joined the ACCESS Destination Services team.

Same Owners, Same Team, Same Local Knowledge, Values and Attention to detail.

We are really excited about this new opportunity for us. We still have full ownership and decision for our company. For us to join this new DMC family allows us to obtain more of a national presence with clients and share best practices and knowledge with fellow DMC owners.

We have a new name and new contact info but rest assured when you work with ACCESS New Orleans it will still be your Signature Event. 

Check out our new partners at

Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Dauphine Orleans Hotel create theater and Opera packages. - Four Dates for discerning theatre patrons.

In time for the holiday season, two hotels of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection have announced new theatre packages to help support the burgeoning theatre revival of the city. As longtime supporters and official hotels of the New Orleans Fringe Theatre Fest, the Joy Theatre, the NOCCA Broadway Series and the Opera, Collection hotels have frequently played hosts to Broadway and Cinema stars, famous musicians and the theatre glitterati.  

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Southern Rep Theatre Launches BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project
Extensive multimedia collaboration to involve local music, visual art and community stories

As part of its longstanding commitment to developing innovative, engaging work, Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project - a 6-month multimedia collaboration that asks New Orleanians one question: "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?"

For more information or to share your story visit

Houmas House Announces the Arrival of Our New Book - Louisiana's Sugar Palace

A magnificent pictorial and history of the enchanting mansion, gardens, and buildings of Louisiana's Sugar Palace, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Artist, author and photographer Jim Blanchard's compilation of recent and historic photography, archival research, and treasures from the Houmas Collections unfold in his tribute to the families of the great sugar barons Daniel Clark, Wade Hampton, John Burnside, and William Porcher Miles.

The historic tribute also included early explorers and settlers of the vast Louisiana Territory, and their encounters with the Houmas Indians during expeditions prior to the Louisiana Purchase.

Priced at $95.00
We can ship anywhere in the U.S. for $10.00

Orders can be placed by phone by calling the Houmas House Gift Shop- 225-473-9380.

The National WWII Museum Celebrates Best Year Ever
New Major Exhibit and Record Visitation Cap Off 2014

While staff at The National WWII Museum are preparing for a very busy 2015, they are also looking back on a year of several major milestones for the New Orleans institution. The Museum ended 2014 with more than 515,000 visitors, a 14 percent increase from the previous year. On December 13, the newest pavilion on the growing campus, Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, opened to the public with the first phase of exhibits- Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries.

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Degas House Has Won The Knot "Best of Weddings" Pick for 2015!

Source: Degas House

For the 3rd year in a row, Degas House has won the "Best of Weddings" Pick 2015 awarded by!

In order to win this award, a venue must be selected by brides in a field of over 225 Greater New Orleans venues reviewed on, the online review site owned by

The winning of this award is a confirmation of the dedication and service provided by Degas House staff members to the brides entrusting their special day with us. Degas House has hosted hundreds of weddings, corporate events and holiday parties in the Historic Parlors, the French Creole Courtyard and the Art Gallery during its over 18 year history.

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter invites you to the Opera! Four Points FQ Logo

2014-2015 French Quarter opera performances
Featuring Bon Operatit! and New Orleans Opera Association
*All performances are on Wednesdays and start at 7pm
Contact - 504-524-7611 



Marc Becker, MPS, Area Director of Marketing and Business Development, of the New Orleans Hotel Collection was installed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) at the association's annual meeting on Cypress Bend Resort in Many, La.

"I am honored to be serving LTPA and the 750 members the association represents across the state," said Becker. "This organization has worked to lead and strengthen Louisiana's tourism industry for 54 years and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to continue the growth and success of the travel industry in Louisiana."

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Ashé presents the Black History Month Presentation of The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
February 26, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. (School Performance)
February 27, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. (Public Performance)
Cohen College Prep | 3520 Dryades St., NOLA

$7 per person

Based on the book of the same name written by Dr. David A. Anderson. Adapted by New Orleans playwright and director Chakula cha Jua. Directed by Kesha McKey. Choreographed by Michelle Gibson. Executive Producer: Carol Bebelle. The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth tells the story of how Earth and the first people were created, according to the Yoruba Culture of West Africa. This creation story connects the African Diaspora to the arrival of West Africans in New Orleans and their legacy in New Orleans culture and tradition. This original dance/theater production has a cast that includes master dancers, theater artists and musicians that bring the story to life. The production uses the concept of storytelling and combines spoken word with images presented via dance and film, along with music provided by musicians and vocalists. It includes the elements of the griot (storyteller) with a Vorchestra, film and dancers.

For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

The Ashé Power House Offers a Gallery, Auditorium and Expanded Hours of Operation

(February 2, 2015; New Orleans, LA) - Efforts of Grace, Inc./Ashé Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Inc., is proud to introduce the newest addition to the Ashé Cultural Arts Center Campus, the Ashé Power House, located at 1731 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA.

The Grand Opening of Ashé Power House is planned for Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, with events and live performances that will run throughout both days. A Ribbon Cutting/Press Conference is scheduled for February 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Located in the Central City Historic District, Ashé Power House is a $7.4 MM community impact development of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, involving the historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 1924 New Orleans Public Service, Inc. (NOPSI) streetcar switching station, into a 10,650 square foot state-of-the-art performing arts center and visual art gallery where Ashé Power House will present works emphasizing the heritage and contributions of African, African American, Caribbean and indigenous peoples.

The Ashé Power House represents an additional milestone in a sixteen-year relationship between Ashé and GCHP, symbolizing the power of community, culture and commerce working together. Ashé will continue the tradition of collaboration in scheduling of events at the new facility, and is pleased to announce the first such collaboration planned with Southern Repertory Theater for the production of their 2015 theater season at Ashé Power House.

Ashé will present their first curated visual art exhibit, Ashé to Amen, slated to open during the 2015 Easter season. Curated by Leslie Hammond King, Ashé to Amen will be complemented by programming (films, lectures, performances & concerts) that explores the indomitable spiritual nature of people of the African Diaspora and visual art and artifacts which trace these traditions.

Ashé Power House welcomes the community and the media in the Grand Opening celebration activities on February 27 and 28. Please hold the date and additional details will follow.

For more information, contact Viola T. Blunt at (504) 813-9008 or (504) 569-9070.


Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She is an Academy Award nominated actress for her unforgettable role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, a Tony and Golden Globe winner, a bestselling author, winner of 8 American Music Awards and a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors. Her reputation as a woman of great style and beauty has put her on the covers of hundreds of magazines. Ms. Ross has sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 #1 hits. Her music became the sound of young America in the ‘60s soon after she signed with Motown Records in 1961 with The Supremes. She embarked on her extraordinary solo career in 1970, and has not stopped since.

The legend. The music. The voice. Diana Ross sings the soundtrack of our lives, a true music legend.

Tickets for Diana Ross ($56.00 - $126.00) go on sale Friday, January 9th at 10am at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, or by calling 800-745-3000. The box office, located at 1111 Canal Street, is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice.

To get breaking news, latest tour information and exclusive content or to become a fan of Diana Ross' official Facebook page visit ( For more information regarding the New Orleans show at the Saenger Theatre visit or connect with us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SaengerNOLA).

The New Orleans Ballet Association Presents Black Grace at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Saturday, February 28, 8pm

World-renowned for artistry and innovation, New Zealand's Black Grace masterfully blends Pacific Island indigenous dance forms and contemporary dance. Led by the charismatic choreographer of Samoan heritage, Neil Ieremia, the company makes its New Orleans debut with a sensation program of works that are fiercely athletic, spiritual and rich in storytelling traditions, including Minoi, Pati Pati and Gathering Clouds. 

For more information or to puchase tickets click here.

San Francisco Plantation will host its 12th Annual "Frisco Fest" Spring Garden & Craft Festival
Saturday, March 7th & Sunday, March 8th
9am - 5pm

San Francisco Plantation
San Francisco Plantation will host its 12th Annual "Frisco Fest" Spring Garden & Craft Festival on March 7 & 8, 2015. This year's   festival promises to be better than ever and has so much to offer for the whole family: Over 100+ Crafters & Artists, delicious Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Master Gardener Clinics, Jr. Art Expo, and Kids Activities which include Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, Inflatables, Rock Climbing, and Bungee Trampolines. Frisco Fest is also packed full of special events. Saturday features the Tour De' San Francisco Bike Race along scenic River Road, and the Cruisin' The Plantation Car Show. Sunday includes a 5k run, a 1-mile run, and live music by Geno Delafose & The French Rockin Boogie from 12PM-3PM. All of the excitement takes place on the picturesque grounds of San Francisco Plantation, and tours of the historic house are available throughout the weekend. Don't miss this spectacular festival! Gates are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information click here or call (888) 322-1756.

BUKU Music + Art Project Announces 2015 Initial Artist Lineup!
Friday, March 13th & Saturday, March 14th 
Gates open at 2PM 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

BUKU Music + Art Project is a quirky boutique event that delivers a big festival punch without compromising its underground house-party vibe. Tucked right in the heart of New Orleans' burgeoning Warehouse District, BUKU's intimate post-industrial setting fits perfectly with the festival's fusion of relevant EDM, hip-hop and indie rock. From the signature BUKU Graffiti Wall to the classic New Orleans food to the dozens of pop-up street performers and art exhibits brought on-site, BUKU blends the rich traditions of New Orleans with the progressive attitude of our attendees, and has become a reflection of the creative, youthful culture that is fueling the new New Orleans.

Click here for more information.  Click here for the full press release announcing the lineup.

Ryan Stone Ware appointed Executive Chef of The Landing Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, a hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection

Ryan Stone headshotThe New Orleans Hotel Collection announced today the appointment of Chef Ryan Stone Ware as Executive Chef for The Landing. The restaurant, The Landing, is located in Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel on Williams Boulevard at the corner of Veterans Highway. Ware will be responsible for menu creativity and leading the culinary team at The Landing.

"We are delighted to welcome Chef Ryan to the hotel," said Hotel Manager Ivy Lim. "With many years of culinary arts training, fine dining and independent catering experience, Chef Ryan will be a great asset to The Landing restaurant and to our fine catering and banquet services at the Crowne Plaza." The Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport has the largest ballroom in the area, offering seated private catering events with Chef Ryan's fine culinary creations for up to 500 guests.

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The New Orleans Opera Association Presents Lucia di Lammermoor at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Friday, March 13th, 8pm and Sunday, March 15th, 2:30pm

Star-crossed lovers from feuding families, an arranged marriage for political gain, an elder brother out to destroy his sister's romance, and a murderous, psychotic bride. Is there anything Donizetti's most popular work is missing? Did we mention that it has the most famous mad scene in all of opera? Come see and hear Lucia's beautiful descent into madness. This thrilling and dramatic bel canto masterpiece is one of the best that Italian opera can offer and an experience you'll never forget.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Lark in the Park - Save the Date!

Friends of City Park will host its premier fundraiser on Friday, March 13, 2015, in the Botanical Gardens with a Patron Party at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters!
This stunning and delicious event, with samplings from over 40 local restaurants, will benefit the continued preservation of New Orleans City Park.
Please visit our website for ticket pricing, sponsorship opportunities, and more information.

We're Fishin' for YOU!

Don't miss out on the 68th annual City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival! Make plans to "drop a line" on Saturday, March 28th. Several categories are available for both adults and children. Registration is only $10 per adult and $5 per child (12 and under). The Fishtival will entertain & educate kids of all ages! Prizes, music, kid casting contests, lure making, environmental education, raffles and more!

Please visit our website for specific registration details and more information.

Hoppin' Down The River Easter Cruise 
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Creole Queen Paddlewheeler

Celebrate the Easter holiday with Bourgeois the Bunny at this special family event on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Children will delight in fun activities and games. A delicious lunch buffet will be served with a variety of tasty options, as well as sweet Easter treats. A real-live alligator from the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour will be in attendance for guests to hold and take pictures with. Commemorate this unique Easter cruise with a photo with Bourgeois the Bunny. Enjoy all this and more while cruising the Mighty Mississppi on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen.

Basic Information:

Date: April 4, 2015
Boarding: 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Cruising Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Price (taxes are included):

Adults: $59
Children: $39

Lunch Buffet:

Paddlewheel Salad
Chicken Nuggets
Shrimp & Crawfish Pasta
Pig in a Blanket
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Mac & Cheese
Fresh Fruit
Tater Tots
Assorted Pastries & Cookies

For more information or to purchase tickets call: 504.529.4567 or visit