New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Food, Culture & History Tour
March 4 – 10, 2018
Join Chef Charlie and his amazing New Orleans cooking friends for a dynamic and unforgettable week of amazing food and culture in the "The Big Easy." Named one of the best food cities in America, this is a not-to-be-missed tour for anyone wanting to experience the unique fusion of life, music, food and cocktail culture!
Tour highlights include:
DAY 1: Sunday, March 4: Departure / Travel Day: Arrive New Orleans airport. Transfers to our luxury French Quarter accommodations at the legendary, Hotel Monteleone. Welcome cooking demo and Southern dinner party in the heart of the French Quarter at Arnaud's, the "grande dame" of Creole dining since 1918. Arnaud's offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience – a perfect beginning to our week in the "The Crescent City."
DAY 2: Monday, March 5: Breakfast together at the Ruby Slipper Cafe. Morning cemetery walking tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1, just off the French Quarter. Afternoon free. Dinner and music at Bacchanal, where food, wine and culture collude to create an exceptionally, unique evening in the Bywater District. Courtyard dining under the stars while listening to some of the best original jazz in New Orleans. For those up to it, our evening ends on Frenchman Street for jazz and dancing!
DAY 3: Tuesday, March 6: Breakfast on own. Free morning to explore. Afternoon
3-hour, hands-on "giving back" cooking class at Second Harvest. Working with Chef Amy and her crew to create authentic Creole and Cajun dishes to serve the community; a unique way to learn about Southern cuisine and impact the community at the same time! Dinner at Chef Amy's French Quarter home to prepare an enjoy a classic Southern Dinner Party. Visit to City Park and Morning Call to savor the BEST beignets in the city!
DAY 4: Wednesday, March 7: Breakfast available at the hotel. Late-morning visit to the Westwego Shrimp Lot, followed by an authentic Crawfish Boil with a local chef utilizing the product we collected at the shrimp lot! The evening concludes with jazz at the world-renown Preservation Hall!
DAY 5: Thursday, March 8: Breakfast on own. Free morning to explore. Exclusive, private dining room lunch at the legendary Commander's Palace Restaurant in the Garden District; always a must-stop on a New Orleans visit! The afternoon is devoted to an unscripted, culinary entertainment experience in the Garden District with Crescent Culinary and Standing Room Only: a walking tour that takes us behind the scenes to a number of local restaurants. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy the local flavor, and music.
DAY 6: Friday, March 9: Free morning to relax, or shop, or eat, or visit or re-visit favorite spots. Our farewell dinner is a unique, private dining experience at the Mosquito Supper Club, "a Cajun experiment created to celebrate the bounty of shrimpers, oyster fishermen, crabbers and farmers that define the cuisine."
DAY 6: Saturday, March 10: Departure / Travel Day. Breakfast on own. Free morning to relax, or shop, or eat, or visit or re-visit favorite spots. Afternoon transfers to the New Orleans airport for departures.
Airfare / Travel Insurance:
Guests to purchase own airfare using miles and preferred class and upgrades. Guests are free to arrive earlier or stay longer than the published itinerary, but are responsible to meet the group at stated times. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Ground Costs Included:
• Round-trip transfers from airport to hotel and return
• 6 - nights premium lodging at Hotel Monteleone, French Quarter, New Orleans
• 1 breakfast together on our first morning at the Ruby Slipper Café
• Most lunches and dinners (excluding cocktails and wine), as described in daily itinerary
• 5 full or partial-day tours / cooking classes with local guides / chefs during stay
• Epicurean Exchange custom apron for cooking
• Total ground cost: $2,995 (per person, double occupancy). Single supplement available, for an additional fee of $750.
Ground Costs Not Included:
• Cocktails and wine
• Late-night (after dinner) snacks, desserts and beverages
• Personal Lunches / Snacks when we are out-and-about and have planned dinner meals, and other personal food not described on the itinerary
• Personal / shopping expenses
Deposit: $1,395 for each traveler to secure space and reservation.
Balance Due: Friday, January 5th: $1,600 for double occupancy; $2,350 for single travelers.
Payments: Cash or checks accepted; PayPal invoicing for credit / debit card payments
Tour is limited 12 guests. Reservations are secured by deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cancellation Policy: We are willing to work with all our guests should situations arise that require guests to cancel plans with us. Please understand we have guidelines to ensure that both the operator and our guests are treated fairly. With that, travel insurance is highly recommended, to reimburse you should cancellation be necessary. Epicurean Exchange reserves the right to cancel a tour due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the trip non-viable. Deposits and balances paid will be refunded if the trip is canceled by the operator. Travelers can cancel up to 60 days prior to departure and receive a full refund of their deposit. Understand that as a small, boutique operator, even one last-minute cancellation can be an issue for the operator and other travelers. Therefore, after deposits and tour balances are received (all 60 days or less prior to departure) they are non-refundable. Travelers have the option to recruit another traveler to take their place or file with their insurance carrier to recover costs of the trip.
Accommodations at the lengendary,
Meet your Chef and Culinary Guide
Chef Charles Vollmar
Meet our NOLA Culinary Partner
Guide and Chef Instructor, Amy Sins
Chef Amy Sins is a born-and-raised South Louisiana girl with Cajun and Creole cooking woven into her culinary DNA!
Amy didn’t follow the typical path of a New Orleans chef. No years in culinary school or kitchen stints at marquee restaurants. She was wired for cooking and entertaining as a kid, watching her parents’ elaborate southern dinner parties unfold. In 2005, Amy did some deep-down soul-searching and walked away from a career in pharmaceutical sales to pursue her true love: cooking, teaching, and entertaining. In 2012, Amy opened Langlois as a next-generation interactive dining restaurant in the Marigny. Four years later, Amy took Langlois “mobile” to reach a wider audience, and closed the brick-and-mortar restaurant. Today, Amy is the ringleader of the Langlois traveling culinary circus.
Langlois has received local, regional and national praise, including selection as one of the “Best Cooking Schools Around the World” by Travel + Leisure. Amy was named one of Southern Living magazine’s “Southerners of the Year” in 2016. In 2015, Amy was honored in Gambit’s annual 40 Under 40 list in 2015, and nominated for “The Best Chefs of Louisiana: Up and Coming Chefs” (2014) by the prestigious American Culinary Federation. In 2012, Amy won the GSN’s reality show cooking competition, “Beat the Chefs.” Amy is also the author of the award-winning “Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family & Food after Katrina.”
When she’s not cooking, traveling, or hosting private culinary events around New Orleans, Chef Amy hosts “New Orleans by Mouth,” a weekly radio program on WRBH 88.3 FM.
Chef Charlie with our amazing NOLA partners Chef Amy and Chef Melisande
Bourbon Street, French Quarter
"Music Around Every Corner!"
Arnaud's: the "Grand Dame" of Creole
dining since 1918
Preservation Hall since 1961
Protect. Preserve. Perpetuate.
Traditional New Orleans Jazz