Classes at the New Orleans Cooking Experience begin at $150 for a single session. Accommodations at the House on Bayou Road are not included; there is a discount rate for students. For classes, schedules, chef biographies, and other details, visit neworleanscookingexperience.com.
The House on Bayou Road was built in 1798 as an indigo plantation by the head surgeon of the Spanish Army. The house remained in private hands until 35 years ago, when it became a first-class bed and breakfast. Traditional colonial architecture and airy rooms are welcoming and hospitable. Visit houseonbayouroad.com for details.
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