COOLinary Takes Over for the Month of August

The menus and participating restaurants might differ, but year after year, COOLinary New Orleans offers up the same delicious idea: for the whole month of August, diners can enjoy generous two- and three-course meals for unbeatable prix fixe prices all over the city. Whether you choose a two-course lunch option or a three-course brunch or dinner option, you’ll indulge in some of the best food in New Orleans at a fraction of the normal price. You can find the whole list of restaurants here. Need help deciding on where to start? Take a look at some of our recommendations for COOLinary, outlined by meal. Lunch Don't forget @criollo_NOLA is part of #COOLinary this year. Here's what else to try! Click To TweetMidday hunger comes on strong, but usually we combat it with fast food, protein bars, or other fast eats.  Criollo: This Creole-fusion restaurant is located right inside of our hotel. The lunch meal includes two courses for just $20; choose from appetizers like compressed watermelon with feta and flavorful entrees like grilled swordfish skewers with rosemary. Unlike many COOLinary lunch offerings, this one includes dessert, too! We’re partial to the Mile High Parfait with raspberry sauce.  Grand Isle: Utilizing fresh Gulf seafood and seasonal ingredients, Grand Isle in the Central Business District is just blocks from our hotel and is another solid option. Try the stuffed boudin balls and the chili butter baked fish salad… although the marinated flank steak with bruleed lemon is equally delicious. Commander’s Palace: The martinis at lunch are just 25 cents. Need we say more?  Dinner For $39, you can eat like a COOLinary...

August at a Glance: 4 Must-Do Events

Think August is slow? Think again. In New Orleans, higher temperatures and longer days don’t discourage us from our usual festivities. In fact, August features several events worth penciling into your calendar. Here’s the scoop: White Linen Night On Saturday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m., Julia Street in the Warehouse District becomes a catwalk for patrons wearing all white. White Linen Night is when New Orleanians (and visitors) stroll along Julia Street and admire works of art from local galleries while dressed in all white. A pure-white outfit isn’t required, but dressing the part is definitely encouraged. There will also be food, drinks, and live entertainment on hand to give the evening a festive feel.  Dirty Linen Night  The following weekend, Dirty Linen Night takes over in the French Quarter on Saturday, Aug. 8 at  6 p.m. This arts event is similar to White Linen Night, but patrons are encouraged to wear the same white linen from the previous weekend now that it’s dirty. Shopkeepers often give away themed food and drink like dirty rice and dirty martinis, but if you can’t find a drink, no problem: head to the Carousel Bar & Lounge where a bartender will make you a dirty martini to your exact specifications. So many #august events happening in #nola! Click To Tweet Red Dress Run Before Dirty Linen Night gets started, you can enjoy another NOLA tradition: Red Dress Run. Open to men and women alike, Red Dress Run does require participants to dress up (in a red dress, of course). Registration is $70 online, and proceeds benefit dozens of charities in the city.  COOLinary...

Satchmo SummerFest Honors Louis Armstrong

We have our share of famous folks with a New Orleans connection. William Faulkner, Stephen Ambrose, Harry Connick Jr., Tennessee Williams Reese Witherspoon: they all have NOLA roots in one way or another (and some of them have roots that intertwine with our very own hotel). But our most famous son is Louis Armstrong, the iconic musician, actor, and lasting cultural icon who was born and raised in New Orleans. And is it any surprise we have a whole festival dedicated to Louis, aka Satchmo? Satchmo SummerFest happens from July 31 -Aug. 2 with plenty of events going on near our hotel.  Music More than 100 artists on two stages will perform, with a focus on local brass bands as well as jazz performers both contemporary and traditional. There’s also an educational component: you can learn to swing dance for free with twice-daily lessons at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  On Friday, July 31, you can see bands and performers like Ellis Marsalis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Preservation Hall Brass Band, Deacon John, and Donald Harrison’s All Star Louis Armstrong Tribute. On Saturday, August 1, listen for the sounds of The Ella and Louis Tribute Band, Treme Brass Band, Charmaine Neville, and Bill Summers, among many others. Sunday, August 2, marks the last day of the festival, when our very own songbird Robin Barnes (she performs at the Carousel Bar & Lounge) takes the stage, as does local favorite Kermit Ruffins.   FoodChow down on a variety of options that showcase the best of New Orleans festival food....

Criollo Joins Tales of the Cocktail Restaurant Week

Tales of the Cocktail’s special restaurant week pairs incredible meals with beautiful craft cocktails at a fixed price. We’re pleased our on-site restaurant, Criollo, is participating in this year’s restaurant week, showcasing a variety of lunch and dinner options specially designed to pair with Rujero Singani, a Bolivian brandy liqueur. Even better? You can walk through the restaurant over to Carousel Bar & Lounge for an after-dinner drink! Here’s what’s on the menu for Criollo during Tales Restaurant Week (July 13 – 20). Who's ready for @totc restaurant week at @Criollo_NOLA ? Click To Tweet Lunch Menu$35 Rujero Coctel: Rujero Signani, Peche, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Agave Chopped Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Feta Cheese, Radish, Sunflower Seeds, and Lemon-Mint Dressingpaired withRujero Sigto 20: Rujero Singani, Creme de Cacao, Vermouth, Lemon, Agave Grilled Picante Chicken with Roasted Petite Potatoes, Summer Peas, and Natural Juspaired withMilla Altal Coctel: Rujero Singani, Luxardo, Lime, La Poire Creamy Caramel Flan with Macerated Peaches and Almond Brittlepaired withRujero Ponche de Leche: Rujero Singani, Creme de Cacao, Agave, Cream Dinner Menu$65 Pan-seared Divers Scallop with Hearts of Palm and Dulce de Lechepaired withRujero Coctel: Rujero Signani, Peche, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Agave Blistered Corn Salad with Petite Lettuce, Grilled Eggplant, Goat Cheese,  and Cucumberpaired withRujero Sigto 20: Rujero Singani, Creme de Cacao, Vermouth, Lemon, Agave Grilled SwordfishBlack Bean & Quinoa Salad, Mango Salsita, Avocado Cremapaired withMilla Altal Coctel: Rujero Singani, Luxardo, Lime, La Poire Chispa Concepcion Bodega: Rujero Singani, Ginger, Orange Bitters, Pineapple, Prosecco Creamy Caramel Flan with Macerated Peaches and Almond Brittlepaired withRujero Ponche de Leche: Rujero Singani, Creme de Cacao, Agave, Cream A Special Additional Cocktail Chufly...

Hotel Monteleone and Tales of the Cocktail: A Spirited Duo

Cocktails are the reward at the end of a long day, the delicious icebreaker for a memorable date night, or the cherry on top of a well-deserved vacation. Cocktails, we think, tell a story. Which is why Tales of the Cocktail, a festival-meets-convention, is the perfect way to celebrate our favorite kind of drink. Tales runs from July 15-19… check out what’s happening! You can also stay at Hotel Monteleone for up-close access to this delicious event.  Tales Restaurant Week Leading up to and during the event, Tales of the Cocktail hosts its own, spirited version of a restaurant week. This means you can check out a host of restaurants around town for specific types of liquors and liqueurs: try El Dorado Rum at Cane and Table, Cruz Tequila at Johnny Sanchez, or many other kinds. Our own Carousel Bar & Lounge is somewhat of the de facto home base for Tales, so be sure to stop in and pay homage to the cocktail with appropriate savoir-faire. Get your drink on with @totc happening in #nola Click To Tweet Spirited Seminars Educating people about the cocktail is the first and foremost goal of Tales. How? Through tons fo speakers, panels, seminars, and tasting events, of course. The “Meet the Maker” series, for example, gives people a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to make a specific spirit. There are also specific panels on sustainable agave practices, how to provide stylish and memorable service, and taking a closer look at a new crop of indie spirits.  Intriguing, educational, and delicious panels are at the core of Tales o the Cocktail.  The Best...

Foodie Photos: New Pictures of Criollo’s Lunch Menu

A picture is worth 1,000 words, which is why we’re letting the food do the talking this time around. Take a look at some gorgeous shots from Criollo, our on-site restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We always look forward to lunch in particular: we can’t wait to try these new lunch options featuring seasonal ingredients and the signature elegance from Criollo chefs. Who’s hungry?  New lunch options from @criollonola ... who's #hungry? Click To...