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Itinerary: Culinary Tour of New Orleans

October 8-12, 2017

Sunday, October 8

Arrive at Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)
Transfer to hotel

Accommodation will be provided at the Hotel Mazarin, the leading boutique property in the French Quarter.

Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville St., 504-581-7300

5:00 p.m: We’ll assemble for welcome drinks and orientation at Patrick’s Wine Bar at the Hotel Mazarin. Patrick’s has been named one of the Top Ten Wine Bars in the country by both Gayot and Fox News; cocktails are available as well.

6:30 p.m.:  Dinner at G.W. Fins, 808 Bienville St.

For the past five years, G.W. Fins has been consistently rated the #1 restaurant on Trip Advisor (out of a possible 1,542!). Their wide-ranging menu changes daily and features everything from fish and shellfish to pork belly, Niman Ranch pork chops and center-cut filet mignon. The wine list focuses on the best of the New World, with gems from Bordeaux and Burgundy mixed in.

Monday, October 9

Breakfast at hotel

9:30 a.m.: Depart for Jackson Square and French Quarter walking tour
10 a.m.: Walking tour of the French Quarter (optional)

Discover the history, legend and mysteries of New Orleans' most historic district, settled by the French in the 1700s. Your guide will provide insights into the Creole culture and style of architecture. The tour includes a stroll along the Mississippi River and a visit to the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi valley. Roughly 2 hours.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch at the Acme Oyster House

Established in 1910, the Acme Oyster House is a French Quarter destination. Indulge in freshly shucked oysters, seafood platters, and the best Po'Boys in town---ranging from crawfish and soft-shell crabs to the famous "10 Napkin Roast Beef" Po'Boy.

Noon: Lunch at Oceana Grill (assemble in lobby at 11:45 a.m.)

Located at the corner of Bourbon and Conti Streets, Oceana is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the city. The menu presents a dazzling array of fresh seafood: oysters (both baked and on the half-shell), gumbo, redfish, crab cakes and Po’Boys, as well as ribs, burgers and pasta. Oceana is a treat, and was one of the highlights of our first trip.

4:30 p.m.: Depart hotel

5:00 p.m.:  Learn to cook Cajun and Creole!

We’ll spend the evening at the New Orleans School of Cooking, where we’ll work hands-on with a chef and learn to prepare classic dishes such as gumbo, shrimp remoulade, jambalaya and bread pudding. This will be a fun, educational and delicious experience. At the end of our labors, we’ll sit down and eat the food we’ve prepared, and you’ll have the recipes and knowledge to take home with you. The class will last approximately three hours, followed by dinner; wine service will be available throughout.


Tuesday, October 10

Breakfast at hotel

9:00 a.m.: Depart for Jackson Square and Garden District walking tour
9:30 a.m.: Walking tour of the Garden District (optional)

Developed between 1832 and 1900, the Garden District became a haven for the city's newly-arrived and wealthy residents, and today contains one of the best-preserved collections of historic Southern mansions in the country. Roughly 2.5 hours.

Noon: Lunch at Oceana Grill (assemble in lobby at 11:45 a.m.)

Located at the corner of Bourbon and Conti Streets, Oceana is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the city. The menu presents a dazzling array of fresh seafood: oysters (both baked and on the half-shell), gumbo, redfish, crab cakes and Po’Boys, as well as ribs, burgers and pasta..


5 p.m.: Depart hotel

An Evening of Food, Wine and Jazz on Frenchman Street

Frenchmen Street is the thriving epicenter of New Orleans music, culture, and food. The street’s eclectic mix of people, clubs, restaurants, and venues come together like a gumbo to form one of the most energetic and vibrant cultural hot spots in the entire world.

We’ll begin by grabbing a cocktail at one of the funky bars on the street, then migrate over to the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. We’ll enjoy dinner in their restaurant, followed by the best in contemporary jazz and blues. For those who want to continue the party (and we know who you are), we recommend The Maison down the street at 508, one of the premier jazz clubs in the Delta.


Wednesday, October 11

Breakfast at hotel

There are two daytime options:

Noon: Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters (assemble in lobby at 11:45 a.m.)

This French Quarter landmark on the upper end of Royal Street is famous for its sumptuous brunch, served in the courtyard to the strains of strolling musicians. Options include a selection of specialty salads, an egg and omelet station, a carving station, and hot entrees such as Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Jambalaya, Duck a l'Orange and Southern BBQ Pork Ribs.

10:30 a.m.: Houma House Plantation Tour (assemble in lobby at 10:00 a.m.)

If you enjoyed the tour of Laura Plantation and Oak Alley during the last trip, you won’t want to miss Houma House. This former sugar plantation boasts lavishly decorated rooms with ornate furnishings, antiques and artwork as well as splendid gardens. Transportation to and from Houma House is via air-conditioned motor coach, and a guide in period dress will guide you through the details of plantation life. This tour takes approximately 5.5 hours.

4:30 p.m.: Assemble in the lobby.

Cocktails at 21st Amendment La Louisiane around the corner at 725 Iberville St., a vintage bar specializing in Prohibition-era libations containing infused spirits, homemade syrups and local herbs.

6:00 p.m.: Dinner at Restaurant R’Evolution

Located in the Royal Sonesta at 777 Bienville, R’evolution is one of the most exciting new restaurants in the city---a joint partnership between Chef John Folse, a Louisiana native, and Chef Rick Tramonto, who founded the legendary restaurant Tru in Chicago. It features a wide-ranging, innovative menu and a stunning wine list. Our farewell dinner will take place in the private Wine Room.


Thursday, October 12

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to airport for return flights


Everything on the itinerary is included except airfare.

The price is $2850 per person, based on double occupancy. A deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your spot on the trip. Please make checks payable to Sunshine Wine Concepts LLC and mail to:

Sunshine Wine Concepts LLC, 1605 Renaissance Commons Blvd. #438, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.

Final payments are due by August 1, 2017.

Airport transfers will be provided by the Charleston Black Cab Company, the city’s leading transportation experts. When you make your flight reservations, please forward your entire itinerary (including connecting flights).

Dress: Primarily casual, with the exception of Restaurant R’Evolution, where jackets would be appropriate for men.





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