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
  • Canolli
  • 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.)


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Rating: 5
Great food tour
Mon, Apr 25  2:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was a great tour. Enjoyed seeing inside some restaurants, plenty of varied food samples and some great local tips. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5
Safe with Naif
Thu, Apr 21  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Thank you so much to Naif for providing a truly wonderful experience. With all the bad press New Orleans gets, there wasn't a moment that I didn't feel safe. We got to see and taste so many delicious treats I would highly recommend this tour to anybody from chefs to novice food explorers. Thank you Naif for the depth of history you shared to the friendliness you open up to my family.

Rating: 5
A foodie's delight
Sun, Apr 17  2:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Recommend doing this tour before making French quarter dining decisions.
Rating: 5
Naif was amazing
Fri, Apr 15  2:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Naif was our tour guide, he was full of knowledge. We could tell he was very passionate about his job and the history of new Orleans. with a great sense of humor and very knowledgeable remarks and was able to answer all questions
Rating: 4
Excellent tour
Wed, Apr 13  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Learned a lot of history regarding food in New Orleans.
Rating: 3
Good info, not terribly entertaining
Wed, Apr 13  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The information was good, but the tour was too long. We left after about 3 1/2 hours and it was still going. And the tour leader was good, but not terribly entertaining. It was an average tour.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Wed, Apr 13  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We enjoyed a great culinary tour. Our tour guide, Annette, did a great job explaining area history and the origin of the food. The stops on the tour offered a variety of great food and deserts. Well worth the time and money. Would definitely take this tour again
Rating: 5
Rose Was Excellent - Mix of History & Food
Tue, Apr 12  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour was fabulous and we learned a lot about New Orleans history. Our guide, Rose, was very knowledgeable and knew a ton of the local history as well as cultural information which was interspersed with tastings at a variety of places. We loved the behind the scenes access to some of the restaurants. I would mention, however, that as a frequent "food tourist," there was not as much food (quantity -wise) as there are on other food tours. The majority of it comes towards the end of the tour. I still highly advise going on this tour but I would eat a snack before hand! Loved it!
Rating: 3
Good food and info, poor timing
Mon, Apr 11  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had 8 tastings over 3 hours. I enjoyed the local history and background on the different foods we tried. The brisket at Tujagues was the suprise hit for me! It was also cool to get tours of Antione's and Arnaud's. The timing dragged out, though. When there was a lag between arrival and food being ready the guide ran out of things to say. It would behoove the guide to do a little ice breaking before the tour since it is so long and the group is relatively small. (Ours was 10 people.) Overall I enjoyed this tour, but there are some tweaks to be made for improvement.
Rating: 5
Annette is the best!
Sun, Apr 10  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Annette was the best guide. She was knowledge and had great personality!
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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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