My family and I arrived a few days early in New Orleans on our way to catch a cruise ship that was leaving from there. We've all been to NOLA before and we were looking for a new experience. My son in law found a place on the internet (www.crescentcitycooks.com) that gives a 3 hour cooking class, so he signed up 4 of us for the class. The class was held in the Riverwalk Marketplace which is a very large building that houses 140 retail shops and restaurants, and is located in downtown New Orleans next to the Mississippi River.
Upon arriving we were met by the owner Nita who took us into a classroom with a wall of glass that overlooked the Mississippi River. I'm over 70 years old I've been in many, many classrooms in my lifetime, but this was by far the most scenic one I've ever been in. And the best part is there was a modern kitchen located at the front of the classroom.
Nita, and her assistant Jamie, proceeded to show about 20 of us students just how to properly cook 3 different dishes. She made a File Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish/ Shrimp Etouffee, and a Bread Pudding with a Bourbon or Rum Sauce. During the preparation of the three dishes she answered any questions we may have had, and allowed us to gather around her and see close up just how she was doing it.
And then after completing each of the dishes she gave us a large sample of the finished product. It was perhaps the best Gumbo, Etouffee, and Bread Pudding I've ever eaten. And since the class only cost $30.00
I figure that after eating all that wonderful food, I got the cooking class for free.
Thank you Nita and Jamie......And I will be back the next time I visit NOLA.
Bob and Wally,Georgia and Savannah...
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