Experience Emeril’s New Orleans!
Wednesday, May 15th
5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The recognition and awards chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse has garnered have made him known to food-loving Americans everywhere. His restaurants consistently win critical praise and top ratings.

We have reserved a limited number of tables for our group to dine at Emeril’s with three different seating times available: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00. We will be able to order directly off the menu and enjoy signature dishes such as New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp, Andouille Crusted Redfish and Banana Cream Pie. Click here to view the menu – this is an event your tastebuds will not want to miss! Experience true New Orleans flavor and join us for this very exclusive dining experience. 

No fee to sign up. Meals, drinks and gratuity will be paid for by each participant. 

Thursday Afternoon Activity Options


New Orleans School of Cooking 
Thursday, May 16th
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cook & eat an authentic Louisiana meal! In this highly interactive class, groups actually cut, season and saute a complete dinner with one of the expert chefs, and afterwards you will be able to sit down and enjoy the meal you have just created.This class is not limited to foodies - all skill levels are welcome to join in on the fun! $150 per person. 

Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour
Thursday, May 16th
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a high speed Airboat Ride and Louisiana swamp tour.  You’ll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You will be immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you go through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your nearly two-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes hawks, owls and bald eagles. $80 per person.

Mardi Gras World Tour
Thursday, May 16th 
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This tour gives you the opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Walk through the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event when you tour Blaine Kern Studios, an operating workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947. On the tour, you’ll be paired up with a knowledgeable guide who takes the mask off of Mardi Gras. This all-access opportunity winds you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the REAL Mardi Gras. This New Orleans tour is an experience you’ll want to document. There are so many photo opportunities in front of floats, with props, or wearing a traditional Mardi Gras costume, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And bring your appetite, too: every tour comes with a slice of King Cake (which is a real delicacy, as it’s hard to find out of season!). $25 per person.

Dinner Jazz Cruise
Thursday, May 16th
5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline on the dinner jazz cruise aboard the Creole Queen. 

$79 per person, includes dinner, cash bar available

Plantation Mansion Tour (taking place on Friday, May 17th)

11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a narrated journey with a professional historian. Hear of a land of Creoles, pirates, and voodoo. View Evergreen, Whitney, Felicite' Columbia and St Joseph as you travel the Old River Road to visit Laura, a Creole plantation whose charm is as rich as her history.

Afterward, tour the treasure of the Old South, the magnificent antebellum Oak Alley mansion. With 28 three century old oak trees lining its entrance, Oak Alley is an exquisite reminder of an bygone era, an era now "Gone With The Wind."

The cost is $100 per person. Note that lunch is not provided; however, there is a snack and gift shop at Oak Alley where you can purchase refreshments. 

Many other activity suggestions can be found on the Hotel Information page under Things to Do.