French Quarterly

Culture and Connections: The French Market's Enduring History

September 30, 2021
America’s oldest and best loved public market writes its’ own history every day. With each new sunrise on Decatur Street, history repeats itself in fresh and new ways. For over two hundred years, New Orleans residents have enjoyed “making groceries” at the old French Market in the Quarter.

Patrick Van Hoorebeek - Our Own Bon Vivant Extraordinaire

September 29, 2021
Patrick’s Bar Vin, located in the heart of the French Quarter at 730 Bienville St, takes sipping a glass of wine to a whole new level. The colorful, larger-than-life personality of Brussels-born Patrick Van Hoorebeek has gained him top posts for over 35 years. He even threw his hat in the ring to serve as Mayor of New Orleans with the slogan, “More Wine, Less Crime!” Always fashionably dressed, Patrick has been in the hospitality business most of his adult life and has worked locally in several famous hotels and renowned establishments.

Showtime: From Stage Favs to Living Legends

September 29, 2021
With the art season in full swing, there is no shortage of humorous, heartfelt, and emotionally charged shows to delight audiences. Although musical festivals are on hold, there are boundless world renowned, award-winning, and beloved local musicians ready to rock your world. From bodacious burlesque to great guitarists, you’re sure to find something to fit your entertainment bill.

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October 5 – Stone Temple Pilots and Bush with Special Guest Black Map

Celebrate New Orleans Voodoo

September 29, 2021
Voodoo came to New Orleans in the early 1700s through slaves brought from Africa’s western “slave coast.” Voodoo then infused with the city’s dominant religion, Catholicism, becoming a Voodoo-Catholicism hybrid sometimes referred to as New Orleans Voodoo.

Spring Flings in the French Market

January 29, 2020
On Fat Tuesday, people wear masks to go incognito and unleash their alter ego. The practice of disguising one's true identity behind a mask dates back to the European celebration of Carnival interlaced with customs of pagan Rome. In the beginning, donning masks during Mardi Gras allowed wearers to escape societal and class constraints. Masked carnival goers were free to be whomever they wanted to be and mingle with whatever class they desired. On Fat Tuesday, wearing masks adds to the enigma and debauchery of celebrations throughout the French Quarter.

All Hail, Krewe of Cork!

January 29, 2020
Patrick van Hoorebeek, a Belgium-born French Quarter bon vivant, is founder of the Krewe of Cork and serves as their King for Life. On February 14, he will lead fellow Corkians on their 20th annual wine-fueled Mardi Gras jaunt through the French Quarter. “We have an 11 am Bloody Mary block party in front of the Court of Two Sisters, followed by a ‘sparkling lunch’ where the champagne shall flow in the lush courtyard, culminating in the 3pm parade, explains the benevolent King.”We celebrate Wine! Food!

LUNA Fête returns for its sixth year to downtown New Orleans

November 01, 2019
LUNA Fête returns for its sixth year to downtown New Orleans December 12–15th from 6 to 10 pm nightly.

Free and open to the public, this light art festival is produced by the Arts Council New Orleans and features interactive installations, immersive projection mapping, and live performances from Lafayette Square to Fulton Street. Gallier Hall projection shows begin at the top of each hour.

New Orleans Restaurants Very Brightest Holiday Traditions

November 01, 2019
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the holiday season is all about traditions--something the 300-year old Crescent City has in spades. The dining rooms of century old restaurants get decked out in their holiday finest.

One of the most popular traditions during the month of December are the réveillon meals that emerge from restaurant kitchens. An old Creole tradition, originally réveillon (which comes from réveil, meaning waking) was a long meal hosted in a private home after midnight mass on Christmas Eve that lasted for hours and sometimes into the morning.

Indulge Yourself with a French Quarter Treat! Spotlight on Café Biegnet

November 01, 2019
Beignets (pronounced “BEN-yays”) are the official state doughnut of Louisiana, and for good reason! An iconic French Quarter breakfast or treat brought to Louisiana by the Acadians, locals and visitors love these French-inspired, perfectly-fried “fluffy little pillows” dusted with powdered sugar. Treat yourself special and order some with cafe au lait, which is equal parts strong coffee and warm milk.

A toast to the holidays with Patrick Van Hoorebeek

November 01, 2019
“In victory, you deserve Champagne; in defeat, you need it.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

You don’t have to be a diminutive French dictator to know that nothing says celebration - or consolation - like champagne. Beyond festive, an elegant glass of bubbles sets the stage for great things to come. When kicking off or celebrating the holiday season, take some advice from wine guru Patrick Van Hoorebeek, of the Patrick’s Bar Vin in the French Quarter, and do it up right.

Opening the bottle

Dirty Linen Night

July 30, 2019
August 10, 2019 marks the 19th annual Dirty Linen Night celebration on Royal Street. For the third year in a row, the event is being presented by The Royal Street Art District. The event will once again encompass the 300 – 900 blocks of Royal Street and as a highlight add the 1000 and 1100 blocks to the party.