Criollo Announces Menu for Reveillon Christmas Dinners

Observed around the world in places like Portugal, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, and France, the Reveillon dinner is mostly a forgotten meal in the United States – except in New Orleans. This celebratory meal leading up to Christmas is a treasured New Orleans tradition. The Hotel Monteleone holds Reveillon dinners especially close: our restaurant, Criollo, offers five-course Reveillon dinners (with a chic and contemporary twist) nightly from Dec. 1 through Dec. 25, 2015. New Orleans City Business took notice of our decadent meal and Criollo’s “brilliant new dining room.” Placing Criollo fourth in a recent top ten list of Reveillon dinners around the city, restaurant writer Tom Fitzmorris especially loved our bouche de Noel — we are one of only two restaurants offering the traditional dessert as part of the Reveillon meal. Make a reservation online or by calling (504) 681-4444. The prix fixe menu ($75 per person) includes a set soup and salad courses along with your choice of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Take a look at the incredibly decadent options our chefs are preparing: First Course: Appetizers (Choose one) Cured Lamb Belly & Scallops with Turnip Greens & Red Beet Puree Smoked Quail Risotto with Caramelized Cranberries & Sunny–up Quail Eggs Fricassee of Rabbit with Sweet Breads, Wild Mushrooms & Hunter Sauce Second Course: Soup Butternut squash soup with baked brie, white truffle butter, and toasted brioche Third Course: Salad Heirloom Beet Salad of Beet Root & Leaves, Pecan Tuile, Grapefruit & Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette Fourth Course: Entrée (Choose one) Muscovy Duck Breast with Caramelized Clementines, Wild Grains & Marsala Gastrique Coriander-Crusted Lamb Chops with Foie Gras, Chestnuts & Port...

Where to Do Your Holiday Shopping in New Orleans

Why not minimize your Christmas to-do list by working in some holiday shopping in New Orleans? Take a look at our guide to finding the best gifts during your stay. No matter which part of the city you choose, you’ll find a mix of local shops and national brands – usually in the same spot! Holiday Shopping in New Orleans by Neighborhood Downtown Our location in the French Quarter provides our guests with prime access to incredible holiday shopping opportunities. On foot, you’ll be able to visit several of the most sought-after shops in the city, all while admiring the beautiful architecture and festive holiday décor of the French Quarter. Head to H&M for clothing and accessories for men, women, and children plus housewares. Looking for an incredible deal? Check out United Apparel Liquidators (UAL) on Chartres Street for brand-new designer pieces at unbelievable discounts, or head to The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk to browse outlets from Gap, Coach, Neiman Marcus, and more. Downtown also houses The Shops at Canal Place. You’ll find a mix of national stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, J.Crew, and Anthropologie alongside local New Orleans shops like Mignon Faget and Jean Therapy. The shops also feature a movie theater with in-seat meal service — who needs dinner and a movie when you can have dinner in a movie? Uptown Magazine Street in Uptown gives visitors the chance to stroll leisurely as they pop in to shops like Fleurty Girl and Mimi. In addition to clothing, you’ll find plenty of shops for house and home, from West Elm and Discoveries to Perch and Magazine Antique Mall. Replenish...

All the Details on Our Unbeatable Papa Noel Rates

Year after year, New Orleans pulls out all the stops to make Christmas a magical winter wonderland, and Hotel Monteleone joins in the exceptional holiday cheer that fills this already cheerful city. We love providing our guests with a little wiggle room during the holidays, which is why we’re pleased to share with you all the details on our 2015 Papa Noel Rates. Read on for all the information you need (plus how to book) in addition to a few of our favorite holiday happenings in the city. Ho-ho-hope to see you soon! Papa Noel Rate Information Our generous Papa Noel rates allow you to enjoy our beautiful hotel and uncompromising staff for as low as $129 per night. The Papa Noel rates are 15% off of our normal prices, ranging from $129 on weekdays to $189 on weekends, plus any applicable taxes. Any stay between November 22, 2015 and December 29, 2015 is eligible for the Papa Noel rate (select blackout dates apply). Book now using this link! A Few Favorites from Christmas in New Orleans Caroling in Jackson Square This decades-old New Orleans tradition is a can’t miss. Watch as locals and visitors fill Jackson Square with candle-lit faces and the sweet sounds of the season. With the St. Louis Cathedral as your backdrop, this is a holiday Kodak moment you won’t ever forget. Free and open to the public. Celebration in the Oaks Can’t get enough of beautiful and glimmering holiday lighting? Then this Christmas in New Orleans event is perfect for you. Tour the City Park grounds by foot, car, horse-drawn carriage or even by...

Comforting Fall Menu Items at Criollo

One of the best parts of a new season is the new flavors it brings — especially in New Orleans, where (in case you didn’t know) we’re pretty big on food. Our restaurant, Criollo, has harvested a new crop of fall menu items that reflect the tastes of the season: festive, comforting, rich, and flavorful. Need proof? Take a peek at some of our favorite dishes available now… they taste even better than they look! Fall Menu Spotlight at Criollo Chargrilled Oysters The chargrilled oysters appetizer takes full advantage of oyster season, when cooler waters produce bigger, more succulent oysters. Topped with garlic and herb butter, the oysters are grilled with a Parmesan crust for even more piquant, subtly smoky flavor. Crawfish Vol Au Vent Topped with fresh and flavorful crawfish, as well as a decadent Sherry Cream Sauce, our Crawfish Vol Au Vent is the perfect addition to any entree item you choose.   Pancetta-Wrapped Shrimp A classic combination, Criollo’s pancetta wrapped shrimp features a modern update for the season: pomegranate mostarda. Providing beautiful color, flavor, and texture, the unique dipping sauce takes this appetizer to a whole new level. Day Boat Scallops Scallops get an earthy feel with the addition of grilled vegetables and saba reduction. Delicious! Berkshire Pork Porterhouse Sometimes a fresh cut of meat is the perfect star to your meal. Criollo serves the Berkshire Pork Porterhouse with potatoes, Andouille gremolata, and Hussarde...

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Few things satisfy the palate more than a bowl of steaming-hot, spicy-hot Creole gumbo, and nowhere is there a better place to celebrate it than in Treme, on of the oldest neighborhoods not only in New Orleans but also the United States. And what better experience than a festival to bring it all together? Treme Creole Gumbo Festival does just that. The festival is held in Congo Square and Louis Armstrong Park, in the neighborhood now widely known from the HBO hit series “Treme.” Hosted by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest is a celebration of all things that make New Orleans unique: its food, its music, its art and its ambiance that draws millions of visitors from all over the world every year. And the best part? Admission to this two-day New Orleans festival is free. The highlight of the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, in addition to the gumbo of its theme, is the great traditional New Orleans jazz performed by its world-renowned New Orleans brass bands. Ten of them will be performing over the two days of the festival, five on each day. The schedule is as follows: 2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Performance Schedule Saturday, Nov. 14 11:00 am to 12:15 pm    Lagniappe Brass Band 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm     Treme Brass Band 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm       Original Pinettes Brass Band 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm       Onward Brass Band 4:15 pm to 5:20 pm       To Be Continued Brass Band 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    Shamarr Allen & DJ Chicken 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm       Hot 8 Brass Band Sunday,...

The Haunted Tale of Maurice Begere

Candy and costumes are top of mind this time of year, but Halloween means one more thing: ghost stories. As we ponder what to wear (while snacking on candy corn) we can’t help but think of one of our most haunted happenings at Hotel Monteleone. Turn down the lights and read by the glow of your screen – this is the story of Maurice Begere, a child who tragically died in our hotel… and who still haunts it to this day. The ghost of Maurice appeared to his mother one night years later. He told her, “Mommy, don’t cry. I’m fine.” During the late 1800s, the wealthy Begere family stayed at the Hotel Monteleone often. Jacques and his wife Josephine loved attending the French Opera House on Bourbon Street, but the lengthy operas were no place for their young son, Maurice. Entrusted in a nanny’s care, Maurice – who was just a toddler at the time – developed a fever one evening while his parents were at the opera. Although he received care, it was not enough. Maurice had a convulsion and died in his room. The grief his parents felt upon their return is hard to comprehend. Josephine Begere could not bear to leave her son behind. She and Jacques returned to the hotel year in and year out in hopes that the spirit of Maurice might visit them. Eventually, he did. On the fourteenth floor (which is really the thirteenth floor), Maurice appeared to his mother near the room where he died. In a striped shirt typical for children of that era, Maurice told his mother, “Mommy, don’t...