French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

New Orleans Culinary History Tours

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  • Immerse yourself in NOLA’s rich culture by taking our French Quarter Tasting Tour and a cooking class at New Orleans School of Cooking.

  • Sample classic, historic drinks & visit some of the oldest restaurants in the French Quarter on our Classic New Orleans Drinks Tour!

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Our popular tasting tour is available 7 days a week

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
  • Jambalaya
  • Muffalino (Muffalata Panini Style)
  • Gelato
  • Turtle Soup
  • Shrimp Arnaud                                                                                                                                                                               
In addition to the classic dishes, the tour also passes such notable landmarks as St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square in the historic French Quarter, home to beautiful architecture and fascinating history.

Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through the rich culinary history of New Orleans.

What Is Not Included?

Beverages and cocktails are not provided but are available for purchase.
Gratuity for tour guides is not included but is certainly appropriate and appreciated.

Meeting Location

In the heart of the French Quarter (New Orleans, LA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


1,922 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 4
Good experience!!!
Wed, Oct 7  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. I'm glad we were able to visit some of the older restaurants in the city and hear about their histories. I don't really have anything to complain about.
Rating: 3
Wed, Oct 7  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had gone to one restaurant that had a full open window to the kitchen. My husband and I had gone to watch the staff and check out the kitchen. That is when we saw the chef assembling our individual containers....with out gloves on. The man had wiped his face, pushed his glasses up his nose a few time before he looked over and saw us observing the kitchen, at that point he wiped his hands on a towel and put gloves on! We let the guide know about what we had seen and still had not prevented the others from eating what was brought out. She did make a phone call to the department that runs the tour, but should have stopped the others from eating the contaminated foods!
Rating: 4
Food awesome, guide ok
Mon, Oct 5  2:00 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
While knowledgeable, our tour guide was a little disjointed and disorganised. However, the food was excellent and I would recommend.
Rating: 5
Interesting, but hampered by too big group
Fri, Oct 2  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We gained interesting knowledge and access to the area. However, our guide did not manage her time well, and we had to cram last four stops in under an hour at the end. She also got way off track as the guide as demonstrated by providing inaccurate answers to questions, and steering personal life into conversation. This stressed the group a lot. 14 people is too large... 6-8 would be my preference for a maximum size.
Rating: 5
Sandy is the best! New Orleans is food haven!
Fri, Oct 2  2:00 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Cant recommend this tour enough! 3.5 hours of eating and meeting new people from all over the country! Had a blast! Sandy was super chill and explained a lot about NOLA food! MUST DO!
Rating: 5
The best tour to take while in New Orleans!
Fri, Oct 2  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Both Mike (FQ Culinary History & Tasting tour owner) and Naif (our superior tour guide) did everything to make our tour, THE New Orleans experience to which all other tours were compared to.

From our original booking experience with Mike - until we parted with Naif at the end of our tour - our questions were answered, needs accommodated, and expectations surpassed with each historical fact and tasty morsel delivered. It is all of the 'back stories' of each of the establishments we visited that gave our group a sense of the rich French, Spanish and English impact on New Orleans. Why Creole and Cajun are indeed separate & distinct entities. From Antoine's working on their 6th generation of same family ownership to Arnaud's and their eccentric family stories - no one would have known without experiencing this tour.

It certainly is Fabulous Food with Historical Flair.
Rating: 5
Great Historical Tasting of the Quarter!
Thu, Oct 1  2:00 PM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
This tour was a really great way to explore the quarter with a guide who was both well versed in the history of the area but also in the differences in Creole and Cajun cuisine! I highly recommend this tour as a way to learn where to go and how to navigate the quarter! I am a professional chef and the tour was educational and informative! Come hungry!
Rating: 5
Learned Alot, Ate Alot, Had Alot of Fun
Tue, Sep 29  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We learned so much behind the French Quarter's food scene. How creole and cajun food differ and how they came about. The entire was something to stimulate all the senses. Tasted many signature dishes. Saw old buildings. Heard jazz music. Was quite a trip. Well Worth the price. Our guide, Michael, seemed to know something about everything that we saw or heard of prior.
Rating: 5
Great tour for sampling local cuisine and customs
Mon, Sep 28  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our guide, Patricia Casey, was wonderfully informative of the history of New Orleans food. Learned a great deal about traditional dishes and preparation differences rooted in the culture of this great city. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you are a first time visitor. It will introduce you to the different ways in preparing the food as well as the history of Cajun and Creole dishes. Come hungry as there is a lot to sample. High praise for our guide and the lady that conducted the cooking demonstration. Very informative and delicious.
Rating: 5
Annette was fabulous. So much knowledge!
Sun, Sep 27  2:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were fortunate to have Annette as our tour guide this past Sunday afternoon. She made the tour well worth our while and well worth the cost. The coolest part of the tour was being able to access the parts of these hundred-year-old restaurants that are normally off limits to patrons and hear about the rich cultural history and things that went on with New Orleans society back in the day.
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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

New Orleans Culinary History Tours offers the only culinary history and food tasting tours of the French Quarter.

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.
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