SEP 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 46 L O U I S I A N A By Marcia Bradford Checking Out The Crescent City Dinner at the Elms Mansion Among the special events included in the Public Relations Society of America's Travel & Tourism Conference was an o•-site reception and dinner at this historic mansion on St. Charles Ave., which dates back to 1869. Drink stations featured servers whose skirts were part of the table. Breakfast at Willa Jean One of several new dining venues in NOLA's reinvigorated Warehouse Arts District, Willa Jean is named after the grandmother of Chef Partner Kelly Fields (pictured) and celebrates Southern sensibilities with fresh, local ingredients. Special events can be held on-site or catered at other locations. Friday Lunch at Galatoire's It's not easy gaining entrance to the main dining room at this iconic Bourbon Street restaurant, founded in 1905 by Jean Galatoire, but once there you and your group are in for an afternoon of food, fun and frolic complete with champagne toasts and a second line band. Happy Hour at NOPSI's underCURRENT Bar & Patio In this beautifully restored 1920s structure which was once the headquarters of the New Orleans Public Service Inc., NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans has several gathering and dining outlets, including undercurrent Bar & Patio, where area musicians often perform during happy hour. Lunch at Cochon Butcher In the Warehouse District, this butcher shop, sandwich counter and a wine bar specializes in house-made meats, terrines and sausages, as well as house-made pickles, jellies, jams and sauces. Butcher's charcuterie, sausage or cheese platters, and sandwich trays can be catered for groups. Touring Mardi Gras World A behind-the-scenes tour of Kern Studios, aka Mardi Gras World, o•ers a great op- portunity to see how many of the ™oats that roll through the city during Mardi Gras are created and re-created through- out the year. There are also special event venues for groups. Dinner at Tableau Dinner at Dickie Brennan's Tableau in the French Quarter is a special treat. This property is a restored theatre and o•ers several areas for private dining, such as the Wine Room, along with Le Petit Theatre, where plays are presented throughout the year. New Orleans School of Cooking An extraordinary culinary team building experience is o•ered at the New Orleans School of Cooking. During my visit, Chef Joe St. Paul led us through the creation of Crabmeat Ravigote Salad, Louisiana Meat Pies, Alligator Sauce Piquant and Bread Pud- ding. The cooking school o•ers a range of classes at its location on St. Louis Street, near Jackson Square, or they can bring the classes to groups at the convention center and area hotels. Evening At the Jazz Playhouse Among the dining and entertainment venues at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, the Jazz Playhouse o•ers an opportunity to hear local Jazz groups in an intimate setting and can be booked for private events. No matter how many times I get to visit New Orleans, I always œnd something new and exciting to experience. My visits to the "Big Easy" during the city's 300th anniversary year have been no exception. Presented below are some highlights of my journeys to the Crescent City during 2018.

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