No matter what a holiday or celebration calls for, in New Orleans, rest assured that food will play a major role in the festivities. Whether that’s cooking at home for family and friends or learning how to cook from local masters, food always finds a way into the holiday fun.
Cooking demonstrations have become a popular travel activity, as visitors often love to take home a new set of recipes or cooking methods from the places they visit. Already known worldwide for its unique and timeless cuisine, New Orleans is a city rife with opportunities to bring a fresh cooking experience home for the holidays.
This year, as part of the holiday celebrations, The Market Stage at the French Market will host a series of holiday cooking demonstrations by local professional chefs. These demonstrations will give both locals and visitors a chance to see various dishes, prepared by the masters themselves, that they can bring home to their own holiday tables.
The demonstrations take place on Tuesdays through Fridays in December from Dec. 17th through 20th at 2pm, and they last about 30 minutes, plus samplings to follow. Admission is free for all, but seating is limited.
Dec. 17 — Chef Alfred Singleton of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse demonstrates Lobster, English Pea and Romano Risotto With Saffron Creme Fraiche.
Dec. 18 — Chef Guy Reinbolt of Broussard’s demonstrates Rabbit Rillettes With Marsala Fig Marmalade and Strawberry Balsamic Jam.
Dec. 19 — Pastry chef Sara Toth of Bourbon House demonstrates Louisiana Sweet Potato Spice Cake With Molten Eggnog Center and Bourbon Gelato.
Dec. 20 — Chef Jason Ameen of Palace Cafe demonstrates Grilled Gulf Fish Panzanella.
The French Market is located near the eastern end of the French Quarter, and you can reach it by taking the St. Charles streetcar (from Southern Comfort B&B) to Canal and then the Riverfront streetcar to French Market Station.