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Phasing into Celebrations


New Orleans’ city leaders announced the transition into phase 3.3 of reopening the city amid coronavirus pandemic restrictions. As the city reopens, more options are becoming available to engaged couples and the local venues and vendors that offer services to them.


This week, the Higgins Hotel New Orleans announced, “Suite Dining with a French Chef.” This experience features a personal, curated meal with French Chef Virgile Brandel, head of the hotel’s Café Normandie and Rosie’s on the Roof, in the Presidential Suite on the penthouse level of the hotel. The suite dining is an opportunity for you and seven of your friends or family to enjoy a gourmet meal. Additionally, the suite’s parlor area can be used for cocktail hour for you and your guests before the meal. The Higgins Hotel also offers a “Fish & Dine” option. Do you like to fish and would like to make a day of it by chartering a boat before your meal? Guests that choose the “Fish & Dine” option can bring their fresh catch for Chef Virgile to prepare either broiled, sauteed or fried with added sides, salad and dessert for up to 10 guests. This dining option allows you to enjoy your catch with friends in a semi-private, socially distant environment in Café Normandie. Visit the hotel’s website for more information on each dining experience.

Cafe Normandie Rosies Roof

New Orleans’ famous Commander’s Palace is reintroducing its options for rehearsal dinners and bridal brunches, accepting private parties of up to 50 people (COVID restrictions allowing at the time of the event). For brunch, invite your bridesmaids to the restaurant’s Jazz Brunch, ending with a Creole bread pudding souffle. For a rehearsal dinner, Commander’s party planner can help any couple create a full dining experience for their rehearsal or wedding event. To contact Commander’s for your private event, visit the website here.

Credit: Commander’s Palace


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