With so much to see in New Orlean’s French Quarter, it can be easy to walk right past the New Orleans School of Cooking on 524 St. Louis St. just a block up from Decatur St. and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Ensconsed in a renovated molasses warehouse made of brick in the early 1800s, the New Orleans School of Cooking teaches much more than the basics of Louisiana Cooking.
For sure, classes here go a long way in satisfying your curiosity on how pralines are made, what exactly is in Gumbo, and how to acquire all the key ingredients for a Jambalaya. But what makes the classes so memorable is not only how top local chefs teach their art drawing on their knowledge and first hand experience of Cajun and Creole cuisine, but how they season their instruction with history, trivia, and tall tales.
So whether you’re a walk-in or have made this a must on your New Orleans to-do list, the school has a class tailored to you:
These popular lunch classes are “open” to individual reservations. The original two and a half hour class, featuring 4 food items, is held daily from 10am-12:30pm. 2 hour classes feature 3 food items on Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm-4pm. All classes include generous samplings of demonstrated dishes as well as recipes, coffee, iced tea, and local Abita beer.
Special participation classes are available for groups of 4 or more. You’ll do more than just watch and eat…after all, you’re the chef! You will be cutting, chopping, and sautéing a full meal. You may select a four course meal from their full menu lineup, or you have the option of creating your own. After the hard work is done, you will feast on your new creation!
These popular events are perfect for corporate clients, incentive groups, schools or family reunions. The best of their Hands-on Cooking Classes are combined with fun, humor and friendly competition. Chefs guide competitors through challenges where you must prove your culinary skills, intellectual prowess and ability to pull together as a cohesive unit. The competition can get tough, but the atmosphere always remains fun and humorous.
And after all that kitchen action, don’t forget to visit their onsite Louisiana General Store for ingredients you’re sure not to find back home like their famous Joe’s Stuff and Big Kevin’s Bayou Blend seasonings.