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food & drink • 5 days, 4 nights

New Orleans: Roots of a Creole Kitchen

New Orleans, Louisiana
Gastro Obscura
food & drink • 5 days, 4 nights

New Orleans: Roots of a Creole Kitchen

New Orleans, Louisiana
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Communities Up Close
from $3,475 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

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 BackstreetsIn 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.

Highlights
  • Local perspectives through a crawfish boil at the home of a local community leader
  • Bespoke cocktail hour in a historic French Quarter tavern with one of the city’s finest bartenders
  • Exclusive kayak tour of the bayou with experts studying climate change’s impact on the local environment
  • Private live performances by some of New Orleans’s best musicians
  • Boutique hotel accommodations steps from the French Quarter

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Culinary Backstreets
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Trip Leader

Dianne Honore
Dianne “Gumbo Marie” Honore is a history buff, cultural preservationist, founder of the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, Queen of the Yellow Pocahontas Hunters Black Masking Indian Tribe, cooking instructor, and professional guide for Culinary Backstreets. She grew up in the city’s Treme neighborhood, in a family that ran a local Creole restaurant. She is a three-time cancer survivor and an advocate for cancer awareness.

Additional Info

Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

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.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in New Orleans by 5 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations (check-in after 3 p.m.) and meet our guide and group for a welcome drink 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.

Activity Level

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.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a comfortable boutique hotel
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, excluding arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Trip Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from New Orleans
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers to/from the group hotel
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader, local guides, driver, and hotel staff
  • Parking fees
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Trip FAQ

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.

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