One of the great joys of travel is exploring the local culture with the benefit of local insite. As a locally owned and operated tour operator we know the very best way for visitors to sample the finest cuisine New Orleans has to offer.
This walking and tasting tour of the French Quarter will immerse you in the history of New Orleans and how its unique cuisine evolved. We tour select historic restaurants and discuss their culinary contributions - including the two oldest (Antoine's and Tujague's, established in 1840 and 1856, respectively).
Visitors will learn to appreciate the differences between Creole and Cajun cuisine, and will hear of the varied ethnic influences that contribute to New Orleans cuisine. Enjoy a Roux cooking demonstration by a creole chef.
The food offerings and activities listed are a general guide, but are subject to change from tour to tour, but typically include:
- Seafood Gumbo
- Red Beans & Rice
- Beef Brisket with Creole Sauce
- Turtle Soup
- Shrimp Arnaud
Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through the rich culinary history of New Orleans.
What Is Not Included?
- Are advance purchase tickets required? Is cash accepted?
- Due to the advanced preparation for each tour, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, we recommend booking as far in advance as possible. Cash is not accepted.
- What is the maximum number per tour?
- In order to provide an intimate, personalized experience, the tour is limited to 16 people per tour guide.
- How much food is served on the tour? What sort of food will I be sampling?
- Though we start at 2pm, there is enough food served on the tour that most of our guests consider it a late lunch. We visit seven restaurants and shops and the foods we enjoy usually include Seafood Gumbo, Turtle Soup, Beef Brisket with Creole Sauce, Muffulettas and Gelato, Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp Arnaud and Pralines. (Please keep in mind that items are subject to change.)
- Are beverages provided?
- No, beverages are not included on the tour, but they are available for purchase. Water is always available at the restaurants.
- If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
- If you are bringing an infant, or a child below the age of 7, and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase your tickets.
- What about dietary restrictions?
- If you have specific dietary needs we will do our best to accommodate you if we know ahead of time; however, we cannot guarantee what the restaurants will have available. We strongly suggest you use your own best judgement, since you are the one who is most knowledgeable about any food sensitivities you may have.
- Do we just walk around and sample food?
- Absolutely not! New Orleans and the French Quarter have a wonderful rich history. Visitors learn the history of the city and learn about the many ethnic influences that shaped our unique cuisine. You also get to go behind the scenes in restaurants that few visitors get to experience.
- How much walking is included?
- Although the tour can take up to 3 hours, we actually spend more time standing than walking. Most of the establishments are located within a 4 block radius. We are able to sit at some locations.
- Are stairs involved?
- Yes, we do climb stairs at 2 locations.
- Is the tour wheelchair or stroller accessible?
- Generally the restaurants on the tour are accessible, but the sidewalks can be uneven and difficult to navigate. If you wish to bring strollers, we strongly suggest a small stroller, which is easy to fold and store. Please keep in mind that at some stops you will have to take your child out of the stroller and carry them, or have them walk.
- What if it rains?
- We do not cancel the tour for rain - only for extremely severe weather that has potential to cause injury (such as severe thunderstorms with lots of lightning and of course, hurricanes.) Refunds will be offered in the extremely rare event that the company cancels the tour, but in all other situations, no refunds will be provided.
- Can I bring my dog?
- Although we love animals, no. We actually go into a number of restaurants, and they do not allow pets.
- What does the tour offer to the native New Orleanian?
- We like to say "come be a tourist in your hometown!" The French Quarter is a wonderful and interesting neighborhood, and we visit restaurants that some consider for special occasion only. It also provides locals a chance to showcase our food and fascinating culinary history to visiting friends and relatives.
- Are gift certificates available for the French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour?
- Yes, gift certificates are available for the French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour, and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for the French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- How is my gift certificate delivered? Can I print it out now and give it to the recipient myself?
- Yes, you can! When you purchase your gift certificate online, you will be presented immediately with your gift certificate so that you can print it out and deliver it. If you buy it over the phone, a link to your gift certificate will be emailed to you as soon as your purchase is completed.
- What if I want the gift certificate emailed to the recipient instead?
- That's no problem, either! When you purchase your gift certificate, just select the option to have the certificate emailed directly to the recipient and provide their email address. You'll even be able to decide whether you want the email sent immediately or if you'd prefer to schedule it to be emailed on a future date. (For instance, if you want to buy it today so you don't forget, but you don't want it emailed to the recipient until their special day!)
- Are cameras allowed?
- Yes, visitors are allowed to take pictures at any of the establishments we visit.
- Are there travel agent discounts?
- Yes, we offer the standard 10%. To receive the discount, agents need to contact the seller in advance by clicking the "Contact Culinary" link and sending us an email.
- Are private tours available?
- Yes, we offer private tours. These are especially popular with visitors attending conferences or conventions or spouses tours. If you are interested in booking a private tour, contact the owner by clicking on the "Contact Culinary" link, and make sure to provide contact information.
- Is it customary to tip on a tour?
- Our guides work hard to ensure everyone is well cared for and have an enjoyable experience. If they have succeeded, won't you let them know by leaving a generous tip? They will certainly appreciate your appreciation!
New Orleans Culinary History Tours
The proprietor holds an M.A. in History and teaches in the history department of Xavier University. Her area is U.S. ethnicity and immigration and culinary history. The proprietor and all guides are licensed tour guides.
The company has been covered by numerous newspapers and magazines, including: the Times Picayune, Baton Rouge Advocate, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Beaumont Enterprise, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Charlotte Observer, Wine Buzz, Essence, Southern Living, and Cooking LIght. The culinary tasting tour has also been included as part of a prize package on "The Wheel of Fortune".
New Orleans Culinary History Tours is a member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Southern Foodways Alliance, and Southern Food and Beverage Museum.