New Orleans Oyster Festival: What to Eat!

New Orleans Oyster Festival: What to Eat!

Although New Orleans has an endless variety of cuisines, oysters are the pearl. (See what we did there?) And, as oyster season draws to a close, the city celebrates these slurp-able mollusks with a full-blown festival: New Orleans Oyster Festival takes place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Woldenberg Park at the Mississippi Riverfront, next to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. As usual, our prime French Quarter location means you can walk to and from the venue in ease: our hotel is just about a five minute walk from the park. We also have a host of ways for you to cool down after the free, outdoor festival, whether splashing around at our rooftop pool or sipping a Pimm’s Cup at our iconic Carousel Bar. Read on for how to eat and dance your way through Oyster Fest: Aww, shucks! It's almost #oysterfest Click To Tweet What to Eat Whether you prefer your oysters raw on the half-shell, charbroiled, or fried, you will find a wide variety of oyster dishes at the festival. Oyster Rockefeller Pasta from Desire Oyster Bar is a delicious spin on the typical seafood and white wine variety, while Oyster Jambalaya from Don’s Seafood puts a tasty twist on the classic New Orleans dish. If it’s po-boys you seek, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with restaurants serving up everything from traditional Oyster Po-Boys (Acme Oyster House) to Oyster Rockefeller Po-Boys (Oceana Restaurant) to BBQ Oyster Po-Boys (Red Fish Grill). Tons of restaurants will be at the fest, so look out for French Quarter favorites like Antoine’s and Royal House plus incredible restaurants from elsewhere in...
Visit New Orleans for Memorial Day Weekend

Visit New Orleans for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans brings with it several opportunities to honor fallen military members or simply enjoy a long weekend in the city. As always, we’re centrally located so that you can walk or find easy transportation to all the best events happening in New Orleans. Take your pick below! Head to the National World War II Museum New Orleans is home to the country’s National World War II Museum, which will hold Memorial Day ceremonies all day long on Monday, May 30, 2016. In addition to showcasing artifacts, images and stories related to Memorial Day and fallen soldiers, the museum will host guest speakers, including Tom Tudor, who was the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, and Clay Bonnyman Evans, grandson of 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, a Medal of Honor recipient and one of 36 Marines killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. Evans will tell the story of an archaeological dig he took part in to find the remains of those men. The day’s events will also offer a special performance from the U.S. Marine Corps Brass Quintet, featuring their traditional military uniforms and meticulous rhythms. Get to the Greek Bayou St. John in Mid-City hosts the 43nd annual New Orleans Greek Festival May 27-29, 2016, featuring authentic Greek food, music, and cultural entertainment. The event is known for its live traditional Greek dancing and a huge assortment of homemade Greek desserts you can purchase to take home. Though the event isn’t walk-able from our hotel, ask our concierge for complete directions or to schedule a cab for you! If you plan to drive your...
NOWFE’s the Time: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

NOWFE’s the Time: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

The annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) is a literal and figurative feast for the senses. Comprised of several events that include everything from a stroll down Royal Street to a charitable component, NOWFE is a 21-and-up experience that showcases what the city of New Orleans does best: fine dining. We’re fortunate that many of NOWFE’s events take place in and around the French Quarter, May 23-29, 2016. Check out a few of the standout events below, and if you can’t make it to NOWFE, don’t worry! You can eat like you’re there at our restaurant, Criollo, one of NOWFE’s renowned participants. Vinola! Friday, May 27 at 2:00pm Sample rare, elite wines from around the world during NOWFE’s Vinola!, an event created especially for wine connoisseurs. The winemakers themselves will present many of the selections, which include wines from vineyards like Antica Napa Valley, Pernod Ricard, Jackson Family Wines, and more. Royal Street Stroll Friday, May 27 at 5:30pm Second line through the French Quarter down Royal Street during NOWFE’s annual Royal Street Stroll, happening rain or shine. The Krewe of Cork leads this parade-style stroll, with several elite winemakers serving as Grand Marshals. Royal Street is one of the city’s most iconic streets, featuring beautiful antique shops, historic architecture, and the sounds of live jazz. Wearing wine-inspired costumes to this event is highly encouraged. Be sure to check out @criollo_nola at #nowfe Yum! Click To Tweet Grand Tasting Saturday, May 28 at 6:00pm Pairing beautiful, full-bodied international wines with some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, Grand Tasting is a not-to-be-missed event at NOWFE. Restaurants like Kingfish, Shaya, and our very...
Don’t Miss These Summer Events in New Orleans!

Don’t Miss These Summer Events in New Orleans!

With long, warm days in NOLA on the horizon and special summer room rates in effect, we wanted to provide a snapshot of the many great events offering summer fun in New Orleans during the next few months. Spend your days basking in the sun near our rooftop pool, with poolside drink and food service available at Acqua Bella. Then head down to relax and rejuvenate at Spa Aria, a cozy retreat tucked within the exquisite Hotel Monteleone. If you really must head outside of the Hotel Monteleone doors, then we recommend the following events coming to the Big Easy this summer: May 2016 Two favorite festivals among locals happen in May along the banks of beautiful Bayou St. John. Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival (May 20-22), now in its 11th year, offers free admission and features 4 stages of live music, plus local artisans, food booths and other activities. Greek Fest (May 27-29) is a celebration of Hellenic culture, with live music and traditional dance performances, plus plenty traditional Greek food, wine and desserts. The 23rd New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 26-29) takes place during Memorial Day weekend. This culinary event is a foodie’s dream, with hands-on educational activities, seminars and tasting events galore. June 2016 Festival season stretches into summer as New Orleanians host celebrations of favorite Southern foods like fresh Gulf oysters and Creole tomatoes. The New Orleans Oyster Festival (June 4-5) and French Market Creole Tomato Festival (June 11-12) are free and open to the public, with plenty of delicious food available for purchase. The fun continues the following weekend at Louis Armstrong Park as the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 18-19) offers...
Time to Dream Easy with Our Summer Vacation Rates

Time to Dream Easy with Our Summer Vacation Rates

Summer vacations just aren’t as fun when you’re worried if you’ve spent a little too much. That’s why we’re here to help: with special summer rates at Hotel Monteleone, you can stay in the heart of New Orleans, explore popular summer events and enjoy all the amenities of our luxury French Quarter hotel at a fraction of the usual price: Rooms start as low as $129 per night! Like summer itself, though, these seasonal deals can’t last forever. Dream easy with our summer vacation rates and book your summer stay with us now. Here are just a few of the things you’ll enjoy while you’re a guest at Hotel Monteleone: Top New Orleans Attractions, Just Steps Away… Our location in the heart of the French Quarter is just steps away from many top New Orleans attractions. When you stay with us, you’ll be in walking distance of Bourbon Street entertainment, shopping on Royal Street, and the world-famous beignets and café au lait of Cafe Du Monde. New Orleans offers plenty of modes of transportation, so no matter what’s on your itinerary, it’s easy to get around. Live Jazz Music No need to seek out a separate events space or concert while you’re here. Simply head downstairs from your room to the Carousel Bar & Lounge, where you can hear live music from prominent local jazz musicians. Nayo Jones, Robin Barnes, and Lena Prima all perform regularly… music to our ears. A Rooftop Pool Our roof-top pool is open year-round, but it’s especially enticing in summer, when you can soak up the sun and enjoy a cold cocktail (we have special pool menus...
Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant and Spa Aria!

Celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant and Spa Aria!

Want to make your mother feel special this Mother’s Day weekend? Treat her to a delicious Mother’s Day lunch in New Orleans at Criollo Restaurant, followed by an indulgent spa day at Spa Aria! Create new memories with your family in the heart of the Big Easy at Hotel Monteleone. Mother’s Day Lunch at Criollo Restaurant Criollo is the perfect destination for Mother’s Day, where you can treat mom to our delicious lunch menu items from 11:30am-2:30pm. This year, Criollo will be offering a prix fixe Mother’s Day menu for $42 per person. Your choice of appetizers: Shellfish Vol Au Vent with Lobster, Shrimp and Crabmeat Served in a Puff Pastry White Asparagus Puree with Camembert Au Gratin Red and Yellow Tomato Carpaccio with Avocado Cream, Basil Oil, Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese and Scallion Bread Your choice of entree: Louisiana Crawfish and Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Sweet Basil Hollandaise Petite Filet of Beef with Herb Brioche Crouton and Bordelaise Beurre Rouge Grilled Louisiana Cobia with Pearl Onion Pirlou, Candied Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Carrot Puree Shrimp and Crabmeat Stuffed Mirliton with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Concasse Your choice of dessert: Almond Crusted Banana Brulee served in a Pastry Shell with Chantilly Cream Warm Bing Cherry Clafoutis with Vanilla Gelato Take a peek at some of our other favorite lunch menu items: Seafood-loving moms will love our Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with white truffle risotto and red onion marmalade. The Grilled Faroe Island Salmon with lentils, shallot confit and grilled asparagus is another fan favorite. If mom is the carnivorous type, treat her to our Hot Pulled Pork Sandwich, dressed with marinated...