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About New Orleans

General-Info_FeatureOne of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations, New Orleans is considered a unique melting pot of culture, cuisine, and music. You’ll find bowls filled to the rim with gumbo, late nights in jazz clubs, and strolls through historic neighborhoods. The Crescent City is the perfect venue for the 2017 Fall Meeting!

Cuisine

George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

Whether or not you agree with Mr. Shaw, it is an indisputable fact that no place loves its food quite as sincerely – or as indulgently – as New Orleans. Some people eat to live, but New Orleanians live to eat. As a result, the city offers one of the most incredible – and incredibly diverse – concentrations of exceptional dining and unforgettable cuisine in the world.

View a list of restaurants near the Convention Center

Arts and Culture

New Orleans’ Old World roots have created a strong foundation and long-standing appreciation for the arts. Early residents of the city often traveled back to Europe for musical instruction or training in the visual arts. And operatic performances took place in the city as early as 1796.

Today the scene thrives in countless galleries, performance spaces, and museums. But perhaps what sets the cultural institutions apart from other cities is their ability to embody the joie de vivre (joy of life) mentality so prevalent in New Orleans. So whether it is a Ralph Brennan restaurant in the New Orleans Museum of Art or Thursday night musical performances at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans’ unique culture and love of food, music, and fun blends perfectly with their vibrant arts scene creating experiences you can’t find anywhere else.

 

Music

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and a mecca for gospel, rhythm and blues, and ultimately, the rock and pop we love today.  Experience unbelievable live musical performances in venues from swank lounges to tiny honky tonks to mega concerts in places like the Smoothie King Center.