Upcoming Trips

New Orleans Culinary Classics Trip
Southern Charm and Gumbo, too!
February 20-24, 2014

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Do you love food, friends, writing, exploring and New Orleans as much as we do? If you do, sign up today for our Culinary Insiders' Trip to the Big Easy--beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana, the European culinary capital of the United States. Whether you're just a foodie who loves a good trip with like-minded friends, or an aspiring food and travel writer or photographer, this TryTravelWriting long-weekend workshop is for you. And because we understand the breadth of this trip's appeal, we are offering two options, one that includes both food research and our standard travel writing instruction and a second that lets your guest, or anyone interested in culinary exploration, join the cuisine-only portions of the trip. If you are interested in that, go to the Culinary-only Track page.


There is perhaps no American city more richly steeped in myth and story than New Orleans. Mystery and history steam up from the streets of the romantic New Orleans French Quarter, commingling with the scent of azaleas and gumbo and the sound of Dixieland jazz. On this adventure, our focus will largely be on the food for which New Orleans is famous. Although food writing is an art all its own, travel writing often merges into culinary zones, so we’ll address how that works. Our primary focus will still be on travel writing, but we’ll get an insider’s view of the culinary culture of New Orleans, as well as a brief introduction to food writing and some tips from food writers and editors in the area.


Here in the Crescent City, a place that has been home to some of America’s best-loved writers, from William Faulkner to Tennessee Williams, Anne Rice to Truman Capote, you can call yourself a writer, too. A shimmering port city, The Big Easy has seen its share of travelers disembark from steamers, cruise liners, paddle-wheel riverboats, canoes and kayaks, railroad cars, horses, mules, and autos, so it’s the perfect destination for poets, artists, actors, musicians, chefs, foodies and travelers to find inspiration.


Within steps of bawdy Bourbon Street, we’ll enjoy the more civilized pursuits of writing and photography in a quiet courtyard in America’s most unique and European neighborhood, the historic French Quarter. Established by the French and Spanish, and then French again before Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson cut a sweet little deal called the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, New Orleans has long been America’s favorite city. 


The Big Easy is all about arresting architecture, great music and good food, and you’ll find plenty of all three in this city that is an often named among the top travel destinations in America.  So whether you want to write about Cajun and Creole cuisine, wrought-iron lace balconies, jazz hideaways, voodoo shops, or above-ground cemeteries, there’s something sure to inspire your travel narrative.


During our trip, you’ll enjoy a cooking class and special dinners, meet local experts on the area's food and its food culture and get helpful tips on how to take better food photography from an expert.  We'll catch an early Mardi Gras parade. And optional add-on activities might include a visit to a historic plantation, a cemetery tour or a literary or  jazz and heritage tour. Everyone will have free time to take a ferry across the Mississippi, photograph the spires of a historic cathedral, befriend street musicians and sidewalk artists in Jackson Square or listen to Dixieland at Preservation Hall.


New Orleans has the magical ability to become any city you want—a charming Southern citadel of culture and art, or a wild and reckless Mecca of jazz and liquor. It can be a place of courtyards, flowers and cool mint juleps, backyards with vats of crawfish and jambalaya, or simply a beloved American city proud to rise again after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As a traveler and writer, you get to decide which New Orleans you want to see.


Our writing and photography seminars will take place in the historic and romantic Vieux Carre or French Quarter, as it's commonly called. Registration to the three-day, three-night workshop and travel adventure is $850 per person. That amount increases to $950 for late registration (after midnight on December 15).


The registration price of $850 features…

  • A cocktail welcome reception at the French 75 Bar, one of New Orleans most elegant cocktail destinatsions, along with a cocktail making demonstation by Chris Hannah, the mixologist who has been lauded by GQ magazine, Esquire, Men's Health and more.
  • A guided insider culinary walking tour in which you can explore culinary destinations in New Orleans' historic neighborhoods with professional culinary tour guides.
  • A multi-course fine dining experience at Arnaud's Restaurant (www.arnaudsrestaurant.com), one of the oldest, most elegant and best-loved restaurants in the French Quarter. The main dining room’s dinner menu is renowned for its range and excellence. The multi-course meal includes a variety of tastes to suit virtually every discerning palate. Each menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. The well-stocked wine cellar offers abundant domestic and imported choices. The sommelier will gladly suggest the right wine to accompany your meal. Each evening following dinner, flaming Cafe Brulot and banana's Foster may be prepared at table. A traditional Southern charm translates to the preferred attire: coats/jackets for gentlemen, and dress or pantsuits for ladies. No denim, please.
  • A cooking class and meal at Langlois Culinary Crossroads (www.langloisnola.com) where you can learn the fundamentals of classic and contemporary Cajun and Creole cuisine. At Langlois Culinary Crossroads, you get more than just recipes and a cooking class: Guests are treated to an entertaining and interactive culinary experience that ends with a restaurant quality meal and recipes you can easily create at home. For a moment in time, you'll get to live and eat like a real New Orleans local. From Creole to Cajun classics to modern interpretations of our favorite dishes, you'll take home an authentic taste of the Big Easy. Classes last 2-3 hours, depending on menu and participants.
  • A po-boy lunch with an editor who'll talk about the storied history of the humble (and delicious sandwich).
  • A Mardi Gras parade and the chance to learn the traditions behind it.
  • An elaborate Jazz Brunch buffet at The Court of the Two Sisters, named one of the best breakfast/brunch spots by Southern Living Magazine (2008), #1 Best Breakfast or Brunch in the city by New Orleans magazine (2009) and the "Best Outdoor Dining Spot" in AAA Southern Traveler Magazine's 2013 Best of The South issue. (www.courtoftwosisters.com)
  • Interesting and informative travel and food writing workshops led by former university professor instructors who are both full-time professional travel writers with decades of experience in food and travel writing.
  • One-on-one time with professional travel writers, food writers, and local editors.
  • Photography workshop and field work, along with one-on-one time available with a professional photographer/photography instructor.
  • Notebook and TryTravelWriting press trip kits.


This price does NOT include…

  • Transportation to/from New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Hotel lodging (We will be happy to recommend a variety of affordable local options to fit your budget and have arranged for special group rates);
  • Some breakfasts

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Upcoming Trips

New Orleans Culinary Classics

February 20-24, 2014


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