IF YOU GO
Where to Stay
• The historic Hotel Monteleone, a landmark in the heart of the French Quarter, is known for its 63-year-old Carousel Bar and Lounge, which was recently renovated and expanded. An exciting addition to the hotel is the newly opened Criollo, a Creole restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Monteleone is within walking distance of many of the city's most popular shops, restaurants and attractions. 214 Royal St., New Orleans, (504) 523-3341or www.hotelmonteleone.com.
• The New Orleans School of Cooking offers demonstration classes on the basics of Louisiana cooking. 524 St. Louis St., New Orleans. (800) 237-4841or www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com.
Where to Eat
• Brennan's is known for its elaborate breakfast, but is also open for dinner. 417 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 525-9711or www.brennansneworleans.com
• Galatoire's is one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans and has won numerous awards over the years for its outstanding food and service. Open for lunch and dinner. 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans. (504) 525-2021 or www.galatoires.com.