JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 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 36 SOUTHERN FOODIE DESTINATIONS Among the highlights of a recent visit to the new NOPSI Hotel New Orleans was "A Louisiana Culinary Exploration" dinner in the property's beautifully restored Dryades Ballroom. As part of the curated dining experience, NOPSI Executive Chef Peter Page explained all the cultural influences that have blended together to create New Orleans' unique cui- sine. Beginning with Native Americans and continuing with French, Spanish, Acadiens, Africans, Germans and English settlers and more recently Italian, Irish and Vietnamese immigrants, the city developed into a true melting pot that has made it one of the most celebrated food destinations in the world. Chef Page presented an amazing six- course dinner featuring unique dishes based on the city's signature foods, with wine pairings. From the first course, "The Crawfish Boil Revisited," through the Poached Pear Salad, the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Jumbo Lump Crab Ravigotte, and the 18-hour Braised Short Rib, to the dessert of white chocolate pudding and Classic Bananas Foster Flambé, the entire meal was superb and the presentation was spectacular. Once a utility repair room, the 4,000- square-foot Dryades Ballroom now features elegant crystal chandeliers set against exposed brick, and large arched windows offering city views. According to Director of Sales and Marketing Brett Forshag, this space, which has a soaring 30-foot ceiling, is popular for corporate receptions and dinners and is also used as general session meeting space. Additional event space is available in five vaulted breakout rooms featuring historic architecture; at "Above the Grid," the rooftop pool and bar area; on the outdoor street-level patio; and at PS Reserve, a unique private space above Public Service, the hotel's main restaurant venue. Altogether, the 217-room NOPSI Hotel, which opened in July 2017 following the dramatic recreation of the historic structure that once housed New Orleans Public Service Inc., features more than 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Located in NOLA's Central Business District, NOPSI Hotel New Orleans is part of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The hotel lobby has beautiful 21-foot vaulted ceilings, original terrazzo floors and chandeliers, all restored to their original 1920s glory, and nine floors of spacious guest rooms and suites. n "A Louisiana Culinary Exploration" at the NOPSI Hotel New Orleans By Marcia Bradford Site Visit:

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