Easy Easter Elegance: Savor a Special Easter Brunch at Criollo

Every family has Easter traditions, and we’re pleased to announce a new opportunity for guests craving an elegant Easter brunch. Our restaurant, Criollo, has put together an exclusive Easter brunch menu available on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Browse the menu below, and make your reservation online. We hope to see you there. Happy Easter! Appetizer (Choose one) Start off Easter Sunday with one of three entrees highlighting fresh spring ingredients like tomatoes and asparagus.  Shellfish Vol au Vent: Lobster, shrimp, and crabmeat served in puff pastry with champagne sauce Red & Yellow Tomato Carpaccio: Sweet, ripe tomatoes topped with avocado cream, basil oil, and pecan-crusted goat sheese with scallion bread White Asparagus Puree: Served with camembert au gratin Entree (Choose one) The main courses emphasize Easter brunch classics, with a twist: decadent ingredients like filet and crabmeat complement lighter flavors like herb-infused brioche and sweet carrot puree. Calling all brunch enthusiasts! #criollo has #easter #brunch Click To TweetLouisiana Crawfish and Sweet Potato Hash: Served with poached eggs and sweet basil hollandaise Petite Filet of Beef: Topped with bordelaise beurre rouge and an herb brioche crouton Grilled Black Grouper: Served with candied Brussels sprouts, pearl onion pirlou, and sweet carrot puree Shrimp and Crabmeat Stuffed Mirliton: Paired with roasted tomato and garlic concasse Dessert (Choose one) Chocolate Easter bunnies, beware: these indulgent desserts offer layers of flavors and textures to please the palate.  Almond Crusted Banana Brulee: Served in a pastry shell topped with Chantilly cream Warm Bing Cherry Clafoutis: Topped with vanilla gelato White Chocolate Bread Pudding: Drizzled with praline...

Make These Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes at Home

Our Carousel Bar & Lounge has shared some of their favorite spring cocktail recipes – learn how to make refreshing spring drinks like a Pimm’s Cup, Saintly Brees, and Tennessee Williams’ Brandy Alexander. OK, so that last drink doesn’t necessarily say “spring,” but with Tennessee Williams Literary Festival just around the corner, we think it’s one worth making at home!#cheers to spring! Make #cocktails at home with recipes from Carousel Bar & Lounge Click To Tweet Pimm’s Cup The Pimm’s Cup is a favorite in New Orleans, but the Carousel Bar & Lounge’s version gives the classic drink a little extra edge with the addition of seasonal fresh fruit. Try adding strawberries, cucumbers, limes, pineapples, or blueberries for a pop of color and flavor. Ingredients Pimm’s No. 1 Sprite or 7-Up Fresh lemon Juice Fruit of your choice (for garnish) Recipe Over ice, fill a highball glass with Pimms No. 1. Add Sprite or 7-Up and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste. Garnish with your choice of fresh fruit. Saintly Brees Named after our favorite quarterback and team, this drink doesn’t have to coincide with football season. In fact, we think it’s best suited to spring, when the mellow flavors of mandarin, orange, and pineapple are the perfect companion to warm temperatures. Ingredients 1 1/2 oz. Absolut New Orleans 1/4 oz. Absolut Mandarin 2 oz. orange juice 1 oz. pineapple juice Blackberries, for garnish Orange peel, for garnish Recipe Combine the ingredients and serve in a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with blackberries and orange peel. Tennessee Williams’ Brandy Alexander Spring is a great time to enjoy refreshing,...

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival: Read All About It

Beginning March 25, New Orleans will celebrate renowned author Tennessee Williams with its annual literary festival. As one of the major hosts of the festival (after all, Williams featured Hotel Monteleone as a symbol of New Orleans in one of his plays and often stayed at the hotel), we are honored to be a part of such a storied literary tradition. Read on for a detailed outline of this year’s Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The Speakers Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg, filmmaker and visual artist John Waters, author Dan Baum, creative writing professor Molly Antopol, and author and CNN contributor General Russel Honore are just a few of the incredible guest speakers at this year’s festival. View a complete list of speakers here. Get all the details on Tennessee Williams Festival! @TWFestNOLA Click To Tweet The Venues Of course, our hotel is one of the main venues of the festival, but several other area businesses are opening their doors to welcome Tennessee Williams Literary Festival participants. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center in the French Quarter, will host master classes for writers looking to improve their craft and presence.  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is presenting a special look into Tennessee Williams’ other creative endeavors – far from just a writer, Williams also dabbled in paintings, drawings, and mixed-media compositions. Other venues include the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, The Williams Research Center, and more. How to Participate You can purchase tickets for the literary festival online – choose from individual activities and panels, entire master class passes,...

Criollo, Carousel Bar, and Lark in the Park: A Tasty Tradition

On Friday, March 13, Friends of City Park will hold its annual Lark in the Park Gala. A few months before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, City Park officials launched an ambitious plan to revamp the park in time for the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018. Of course, no one could have imagined the hurricane’s devastating impact on the city and surrounding areas, not to mention City Park. Amazingly, City Park’s transformation remains in effect thanks to the support of individuals, organizations, and charitable events like Lark in the Park. This year, our restaurant, Criollo, is participating in the gala, preparing sumptuous short ribs sure to delight guests. Carousel Bar will also bring along its Flying Horses cocktail. If you can’t make it to the gala, our hotel offers a similar experience – we’ve got live jazz in our Carousel Bar & Lounge, not to mention Criollo favorites like crawfish bisque and grilled filet of beef Rossini. We also recommend journeying to City Park to experience acres upon acres of sprawling green space, a world-class art museum, and even a mini theme park! Check out our favorite things to do at City Park below:Enjoy #criollo + #carouselbar al fresco! They're serving treats in #citypark Click To Tweet Explore New Orleans Museum of Art & Besthoff Sculpture Garden Founded in 1911, this museum, known as NOMA, is one of the premier art museums in the country. You’ll find an impressive permanent collection plus rotating exhibits from artists like Edward Degas. Visitors can also enjoy the “Friday Nights at NOMA” series featuring live music entertainment (it’s free with the price of admission)....

Spring into Festival Season with Hotel Monteleone

Mardi Gras may be but a few weeks behind us, but we’re already looking ahead to the slew of springtime festivals happening in New Orleans! As always, our hotel is a great option in terms of proximity to all the action – we’re even hosting one of the most popular springtime events, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. Read on for details about this festival plus a few other noteworthy springtime happenings. Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival For more than 25 years, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival has paid homage to its eponymous author through lectures, tributes, a book fair, performances, and much more. This year’s festival takes place from March 25 – 29 (coinciding with what would have been Williams’ 104th birthday on March 26). Though there are several venues helping to host the Festival, we think Hotel Monteleone is the most fitting – after all, Williams featured our hotel in his play, The Rose Tattoo, and often stayed here when he was in town. Hotel Monteleone will host several portions of the festival, including a literary walking tour that starts in our lobby, a birthday bash, and a special book fair in partnership with Garden District Book Shop. St. Patrick’s Day Irish heritage is one of many cultures represented in New Orleans, and you’ll find several ways to celebrate on and around St. Patrick’s Day. Uptown, the Irish Channel neighborhood hosts parades and parties with live music, but the French Quarter will feature several parades as well. On Friday, March 13, you can enjoy Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade. You’ll catch throws...

Au Revoir, Mardi Gras: A Recap of Our Favorite Moments

We had an incredible time celebrating Mardi Gras at Hotel Monteleone. Year after year, our location in the French Quarter combines the history of the Carnival season with incredible proximity to all the action, and 2015 was especially successful. Because the last weekend of Mardi Gras also corresponded with Valentine’s Day this year, we were booked to capacity several nights and our restaurant, Criollo, served romantic dinners to a packed house on Saturday night. Criollo also filled up on Fat Tuesday – it’s one of the few restaurants open that day where visitors can get a hearty meal to start the day (we suggest their breakfast). Hotel Monteleone also was part of a joint effort on behalf of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and tourism leaders within the city to fund additional state police details during Mardi Gras – in fact, these extra details will remain in place through May to provide residents and visitors with added safety during festival season. It’s hard to capture the essence of Mardi Gras in a single photo (which is why we always recommend coming for a visit!), but we snapped a few pictures that help sum up the joy of the season. Take a look at these photos of our hotel, all taken during Mardi Gras: At the Hotel     In the Carousel Bar & Lounge Remember, as one of the most popular times of year in the Crescent City, Mardi Gras ensures that hotels like ours fill up fast! We’re already taking reservations for Mardi Gras 2016 – start planning your trip now! Carnival, as always, begins on...