New Orleans, Louisiana is without a doubt a true definition of Cajun and Créole cuisine, jazz, African American, Spanish and French culture. This unforgettable city, which in my opinion never has a dull moment, was founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish and bought by the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. This colorful environment known to many as NOLA, though struck with a devastating hurricane in 2005 named Katrina, has been in full recovery mode every since. As my husband and I participated in the annual Essence Festival events the weekend of June 30th through July 2nd, we could see that though construction was an inconvenience on Bourbon street, the day and night life of this historic city was as vibrant as ever.
The Essence Festival has been held annually in New Orleans since 1994, only having to relocate once to Houston in 2006 due to the destruction of the Superdome during hurricane Katrina. The Essence festival is a place where iconic music artists come together for 1 weekend and perform their individual hits for the masses. It is also a place for African American artists, culinary artists, and business people to showcase and sell their goods and services. The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, holds the arts and crafts of African American culture, artist demonstrations, jewelry, paintings, clothing, dolls, and life changing seminars during this event.
As a caterer and a lover of food and music, New Orleans is the perfect get away to indulge yourself in these fine arts. You are surrounded by the sounds of the trombone and tuba being played in the middle of the street, the elaborate individuals on every corner and the flavorful, savory, enticement of Cajun cuisine. From the fluffy, sugary beignets to the salty fried shrimp, soft shell crabs, fried oysters and of course the spicy jambalaya, this place really has it all!! And when you have run out of energy and sleep comes in to take you away, I do highly recommend The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection on Canal. The Saint Hotel is clean, unique and in the perfect location, with Bourbon street only a couple of blocks away and the Riverwalk just a short walk from the Hotel. So for your next girl’s trip, weekend getaway or weekend date with that significant other, go ahead and try New Orleans, anytime you choose to go will be an experience that you won’t soon forget!!!