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Departing on a New Orleans vacation? Planning a French Quarter trip, and want to find out about upcoming New Orleans events and fun things to do in New Orleans? Be sure to visit the Hotel Monteleone’s blog page, where we keep our New Orleans visitors up-to-date on festivals, live music, theater performances, sports events, and more. Hotel Monteleone is more than just a New Orleans hotel — we are the starting point for all things New Orleans.

Fall Festivals in New Orleans

Fall Festivals in New Orleans

It’s hard to beat fall in the Big Easy. The weather is gorgeous, the windows are open, and plenty of incredible festivals make their debut, making the wonderful fall weather even more enjoyable outdoors. In order to help you plan your fall visit to the Big Easy, here is preview of the upcoming fall festivals in New Orleans set for autumn 2014:

Fall Festivals in New Orleans – October 2014:

October 10-12

Louisiana Seafood Festival

This free New Orleans festival is a family-friendly event welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies! The event is held in City Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood, whether it’s oysters, crawfish, or shrimp – this is the festival for you.

October 17-19

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Just blocks away from the Hotel Monteleone, enjoy the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival at Lafayette Square in the CBD. Featuring two stages of incredible live music, delicious barbecue, and an entry price of $0 – this is an event worth bookmarking!

October 31-November 2

Voodoo Music & Arts Experience

Voodoo Festival is one of New Orleans’ most popular festivals (second only to Jazz Fest). The 2014 lineup headliners include popular contemporary artists such as Outkast, The Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and many more. Held over Halloween weekend, the festival motto is “Worship the Music.”

Fall Festivals in New Orleans – November 2014:

November 23

Po-Boy Festival

You can get this one-day-only event “dressed” with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and mayo! This festival celebrates one of New Orleans’ greatest creations: the Po-Boy. Celebrated on Oak Street near S. Carrollton, the Po-Boy Festival offers delicious sandwiches of all kinds and multiple stages of live music.

These are only just a few of our favorite festivals taking place this fall in New Orleans. Looking to book your trip to New Orleans this fall? Make your reservations at the Hotel Monteleone today! [...]

New Fall Menu Items at Criollo Restaurant

New Fall Menu Items at Criollo Restaurant

With seasonally fresh ingredients included in all Criollo Restaurant dining options, the menu is constantly changing! Criollo has kept some of your favorites, while still offering fresh and exciting new dishes to try, making it the perfect go-to restaurant for a fun and decadent day or evening spent inside the historic Hotel Monteleone.

This week, explore a few of our new menu items. Don’t be surprised if you are quick to make a reservation after.


Breakfast at Criollo
The new “Daily Benedict”

Each day, Criollo customizes a new version of the Eggs Benedict, including a Cajun Benedict, Gulf Benedict, Creole Benedict and more!


Lunch at Criollo
Muffaletta Panini
Capicola, Genoa Salami, Mortadella, Kalamata Olive, Giardiniera Vegetable, Provolone, Italian Sesame Loaf

Sauteed Gulf Red Fish
Garlic and Shrimp Mashed Potato, Covey Rise Seasonal Vegetable, Almandine or Menuiere Sauce

Portobello Burger
1/2 lb. Angus Beef, Portobello Mushroom, Sunny-Up Egg, Artisan French Bun (vegetarian option available)

Chicken Club Croissant
Tarragon Marinated Chicken, Avocado, Swiss, Creole Tomato, Smoked Bacon, Cucumber Mayonnaise

Chicken Scaloppine
Porcini Mushroom Linquine, Wild Mushroom, Creole Bordelaise

Dinner at Criollo
Porcini Crusted Beef Filet
Twice Baked Yukon Gold Potato, Summer Truffle Butter, Ox-Tail Ragout

Click here to view the full menu at Criollo Restaurant.

Fashioned with Louisiana and the Gulf South region’s abundant bounty of fresh, home grown products from the land and sea, Criollo’s ingredient-driven seasonal menu is designed to offer creative dishes inspired by culinary traditions and an appreciation of today’s contemporary tastes.

Criollo Restaurant is open 7 days a week. Visit us for breakfast from 6:30 am until 11 am; lunch from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm and dinner from 5:30 pm until close. Make a reservation here or call  (504) 681-4444 and join us today! [...]

Southern Decadence in New Orleans

Southern Decadence in New Orleans

New Orleans has pride for a lot of things, and one of those is Southern Decadence – the “Gay Mardi Gras” held in the French Quarter every Labor Day weekend. In 2014, the Southern Decadence festivities will start Wednesday, August 27 and go on until Monday, September 1.

Southern Decadence brings an around-the-clock [...]

Sister Hotel Bienville House To Open New Restaurant "Latitude 29"

Sister Hotel Bienville House To Open New Restaurant “Latitude 29″

One of the best parts about visiting the city of New Orleans is that every time you return, there is always a new restaurant to try! As the sister hotel to Bienville House, we are proud to announce the arrival of a new restaurant, Latitude 29, opening this fall in [...]

Hotel Monteleone To Break Bead Mosaic Guinness World Record

Hotel Monteleone To Break Bead Mosaic Guinness World Record

This week in the Queen Ann Ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone, local artist Stephan Wanger and the Hotel Monteleone revealed plans to break the Guinness World record for largest bead mosaic art piece ever created. Following the announcement, celebrity beaders including Councilmember Nadine Ramsey, Mark Romig, LeBron “LBJ” Joseph, LaTonya Norton and Randi Rousseau were among the first to add Mardi Gras beads to a massive bead art mosaic that, when complete, is projected to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bead art mosaic in summer 2015.

The massive art piece titled “Life in the French Quarter” is the latest project of local bead artist Stephan Wanger’s Bead Town initiative. The inspiration behind “Life in the French Quarter” is to translate everything that makes New Orleans great into art. Wanger’s vision of the piece features a background of iconic New Orleans scenery and a second line of famous local movers and shakers from the past and present including Lena and Louis Prima, Robin Barnes, Tennessee Williams and many more.

“It was a natural fit for Hotel Monteleone to partner with this project due to the hotel’s iconic significance in the heart of the French Quarter,” said Kent Wasmuth, Director of Marketing and Sales at Hotel Monteleone. “Hotel Monteleone’s status as ‘gateway to the French Quarter’ will forever live in Wanger’s ‘Life in the French Quarter.’”

The free standing 16-panel plywood canvas measures 96 feet wide by 8 feet tall and will be made entirely out of Mardi Gras Beads along with bottle caps and wine corks. Wanger started to prep the canvas by sketching out his vision for the piece in July 2014 and he projects it will take a year to add over four million Mardi Gras beads to complete the project by August 2015.

“This piece is a genuine reflection of what makes this city great. The prospect of it breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest bead mosaic is truly a testament to the innovative and unique things happening in New Orleans,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Since 2007, Wanger has been creating larger than life bead mosaic art pieces that embrace a photo-realistic style from recycled Mardi Gras beads and other recycled materials. In an effort to continue spreading a message about the sustainable use of resources through the display of beautiful Louisiana landmarks, he launched Bead Town in 2011. Once complete, “Life in the French Quarter” will be Bead Town’s largest piece to date, doubling both the length and amount of Mardi Gras beads on Wanger’s largest completed piece, which holds the current Guinness World Record for largest bead mosaic. Upon completion, “Life in the French Quarter” will be Wanger’s 4th Guinness World Record breaking artwork.

“My goal is simple, I am trying to get the beads off the streets, recycle them into amazing artworks, and leave a legacy doing something I love – while uniquely promoting New Orleans and all it has to offer,” said Stephan Wanger.

Over the next year, Wanger will be traveling with “Life in the French Quarter” to schools and community centers statewide to work with volunteers to place more than four million Mardi Gras beads on the artwork. Schools and community groups interested in setting up beading workshops are encouraged to contact throwmesomething@beadtown.org for more information.

For more information on Stephan Wanger and Bead Town, please visit Galeria Alegria. [...]

Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

Learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails from the legendary Carousel Bar at home with these cocktail recipes. Located inside the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, the Carousel Bar is the perfect place to start or end a day exploring the Big Easy. As it is said, [...]
COOLinary Returns to Criollo Restaurant

COOLinary Returns to Criollo Restaurant

Summer’s favorite feast is returning to New Orleans, with the arrival of COOLinary in August! Diners can enjoy a special 2-3 course lunch menu for $20 and 3 course dinner menus at $35 or less at more than 50 award winning restaurants throughout the Big Easy. Every year, the number [...]
Tales of the Cocktail Special Menu

Tales of the Cocktail Special Menu

Traveling to New Orleans for this year’s Tales of the Cocktail? Wise move! Hotel Monteleone is proud to be the host hotel for the 12th annual spirits industry event. Check out the cocktails below that will be pulled from the Carousel Bar treasury, for a special Tales of the Cocktail [...]
4th of July in New Orleans

4th of July in New Orleans

Celebrate the 4th of July in New Orleans!
4th of July is just around the corner, have you made your plans yet? Come celebrate our nation’s independence in one of the oldest cities in the U.S.! In New Orleans, we love to celebrate in style, and the Fourth of July is no [...]
Criollo Restaurant Digital Business Card Bowl

Criollo Restaurant Digital Business Card Bowl

Criollo Restaurant, located inside Hotel Monteleone, is introducing a whole new form of free lunch this summer. While many restaurants in the past have offered a glass bowl for business cards, choosing a free lunch winner from the cards in the bowl, Criollo has decided to get with the times, taking our business card bowl to the online world. Introducing: Criollo’s Digital Business Card Bowl, an electronic version of the classic tradition.

To enter, you’ll need to head to the Criollo Facebook page. Once there, you’ll be instructed to click on our digital business card bowl and enter your information. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll be entered to win a lunch for you and three guests at Criollo Restaurant. Every month a new winner will be selected. Enter Criollo’s Digital Business Card Bowl now.

Why lunch at Criollo Restaurant?

Criollo’s architectural design presents an atmosphere of approachable elegance, perfect for your next business meeting or New Orleans’ famous Friday Lunch. Smaller booths and table seating options offer a trendy, yet comfortable setting for a client meeting. The open kitchen area creates an air of excitement to “wow” your guests as they watch our chefs creating culinary masterpieces, while the availability of two private dining areas provides a more intimate experience.

Criollo Restaurant is open 7 days a week. Breakfast hours are 6:30am – 11:00am, lunch hours are 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner hours are 5:30pm – until. Make your reservation at Criollo Restaurant today! [...]

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