If you come to New Orleans for the food (and who doesn't?), but you don't have days to spend eating around, the Culinary Tours may be just what you are looking for.
New Orleans Culinary History ToursNew Orleans Culinary History Tours offers a walking tour of the French Quarter, past such landmarks as the St. Louis Cathedral and its environs. The area is important for the food culture here. In the nineteenth century, for example, enterprising ladies such as Madame Begue set up elaborate late breakfasts to serve to the churchgoers who had been fasting before Mass. These breakfast cafes often evolved into classic Creole restaurants, some of which still operate in the French Quarter. You will also pass the Napoleon House, where you might later return for one of their famous Pimm's Cup cocktails.
The 10:00 a.m. tour is the only one where you can actually eat, enjoying such favorites as Shrimp Arnaud from Arnaud's, Beef Brisket from Tujague's, and Bananas Foster from Brennan's. On the afternoon walking tour, you will visit important restaurants, learning the difference between Creole and Cajun cuisine. Along the way, you will discover the ethnic influences that have helped to shape the history of food in New Orleans. The 2:00 afternoon tour does not offer food.
Chef's Table Tours
Chef's Table Tours takes you behind the scenes at some great restaurants in the city, and pairs your meal with a wine tasting. Guests are seated at specially decorated VIP tables, and have the opportunity to meet and talk with the chefs. If your favorite restaurant is not on their list, a party of 10 or more can probably be booked for a Chef's table tour. They will also recommend a restaurant for you that may not be on their program.