Culture and Cuisine in Louisiana
Eating in Louisiana is a delicious culinary adventure. Spanning centuries, our food is our culture. Whether you're having pork boudin in Lafayette, savoury meat pies in Natchitoches, Oysters Rockefeller in the French Quarter— or a modern twist on the old world style from Chef John Besh—you are sampling the rich mix of Louisiana’s heritage.
Place the visits to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Shaw Centre for Performing Arts and the Sci-Port Museum in between hardy servings of gumbo, jambalaya and boiled crawfish and your day is as delightfully full as your stomach. In Louisiana our mélange of cultural influences surface with as much flavour in our art as in our food.
New Orleans' Southern Food and Beverage Museum has begun a 30,000 square foot expansion that will add a restaurant, a children's gallery and exhibits for 17 Southern states, expected to open in Spring 2013.
New Orleans' historic Joy Theatre has reopened as a 10,000-square-foot multipurpose centre on Canal Street, as renovations continue across the street on the city's Saenger Theatre. The Joy opened as a movie theatre in 1947. When the Saenger's $51 million restoration is complete, it will mark the addition of two key performance venues to the city's theatre district.