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Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:28 PM
Book Your Room at the Monteleone Now!

For us, one of the joys of going to the New Orleans Roadfood Festival is staying at the legendary Monteleone Hotel. A stunning Beaux-Arts edifice built in 1886, it has been home to the likes of such literary luminaries as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemmingway. Truman Capote claimed he was born there! It's a true taste of classic New Orleans, and it has offered a special deal on rooms during the festival: $199, including internet. Visit the Accommodations Page at the festival website to book your room. We've also got a deal at the nearby Bienville Hotel, which is less expensive. You can click through to that from the Accommodations page also. See you at the Carousel Bar (which has been newly renovated for 2012). [READ MORE]

Friday Night Party

Now also is the time to make plans to attend the festival's Friday night kickoff party on March 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel -- the weekend's only ticketed event. In addition to drinks and eats, the evening will include book-signings, an opportunity to meet visiting chefs, presentation of the Roadfood Blue Plate Award to Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's Encased Meat Emporium and a special on-stage show titled Louisiana Eats Goes Behind the Scenes at the Splendid Table, hosted by Poppy Tooker and featuring Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Jane & Michael Stern, as well as a "Stump the Cook" Cook-Off between Lynne and Frank Brigtsen. Follow this link to get your tickets. (The price goes up in March!) [READ MORE]

Eastern Shore Surf & Turf

If by chance you are planning to drive from the Northeast to New Orleans for the festival, we highly recommend detouring along Virginia's Eastern Shore and checking out some of the recommendations included in Jane & Michael's story in the March issue of Saveur magazine. Among them are the classic Exmore Diner, the counter of which is pictured above, and a visit to Becca's for Smith Island Cake and sweet potato biscuits, the latter pictured here:


I wish I could join you in New Orleans! I stayed at the Monteleone in September; it's a terrific hotel in a wonderful location.
Posted by rumaki on Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 3:12 AM

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