With its vivid culture, complex mixture of communities, unique history, and elevated cuisine, New Orleans defies comparison. But beyond Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street is a much more complicated urban story and a distinct culture best described as “Creole.” On our journey, we’ll meet the gatekeepers of creole culture — chefs, musicians, bartenders, community leaders, and many more. Through freshly shucked oysters and seafood gumbo, we’ll study how creole culture developed over centuries of mixing in one of America’s greatest port cities. We’ll visit a historic plantation for a tour that gives voice to the enslaved people who lived and died there. We’ll also venture into the bayou to learn about the fragile ecosystem that is the nation’s most productive coastal estuary. This trip will challenge guests to indulge in the city’s proud cultural traditions while appreciating the struggle in which those traditions were born.
Our partner, Culinary Backstreets: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.
Gastro Obscura Trips: inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world through food and drink.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $620. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. The capacity for private rooms is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in New Orleans by 4 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations (check-in after 3 p.m.) and meet our guide and group for an orientation before dinner. Our trip concludes on the morning of Day 5 and you may organize your departure or onward travel arrangements any time that day.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We'll be out and about most of each day, with time to rest at lunch and dinner.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can’t be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Note that the food experiences on this trip are unfortunately not very amenable to vegan and kosher diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Joining this trip directly supports the unsung heroes of the kitchen—hardworking, independent people running some of the most economically vulnerable businesses in the cityscape who, through their daily working life, preserve local traditions embedded in food. Aside from the financial support that comes from your trip fees, you can contribute to the preservation of community spirit and memory by sharing the stories of the places and people we visit, and honoring the traditions we encounter along the way. This trip also welcomes and encourages exploration, discovery, and conversation around the important topics of climate change and race in America.