Most visitors to New Orleans are eager to experience our world-renowned cuisine. We’re often asked, “where do I find the best shrimp poboy?” or “who makes the best gumbo?”. But why stop at just eating authentic Cajun, Creole and traditional New Orleans dishes? Several options exist for hands-on cooking classes where you can not only enjoy the dishes, but take home with you the techniques and recipes to recreate them for your friends back home.
New Orleans Cooking Experience offers upscale lunch and dinner cooking classes taught by one of their five affiliated New Orleans chefs. Guest students sit at the kitchen counter in a beautifully restored 19th century Queen Anne style home. The experience runs about $165 per person and includes the intimate class limited to 12 students, wine service throughout the class and during dinner, a four course meal and gratuity.
The New Orleans School of Cooking, located in the heart of the French Quarter, offers both demonstration and hands-on options. Classes are mostly centered on the basics of Louisiana cooking, including traditional Creole and Cajun dishes like gumbo, jambalaya and pralines. Demonstration classes run about $33 and hands-on classes at $139. Small and large group options are also available.
For a more restaurant-like experience we have Langlois. Located near our own Bed & Breakfast in the Marigny Triangle, Langlois guests are encouraged to interact in the kitchen with the chefs and to mingle with the other guests. Langlois is less cooking school and more what they call an “interactive dining experience”. This is a unique concept that is sure to deliver a lot of fun. The experience runs about $130 which includes gratuity but not alcoholic beverages.