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March/April 2015 Issue

Travel Talk series set for spring

With more than 230 trips around the world, Trafalgar offers nearly every destination or type of vacation imaginable, and you can learn which one might be for you at four upcoming Trafalgar Talks.

These evening presentations, which are free to attend, will showcase what sets Trafalgar apart with their guided tours that offer an insider’s look at the local culture and history of each destination.

Please RSVP for the following Trafalgar events:

  • 5:30 p.m., April 20, at the Jackson, Miss., office; (601) 957-8484, Ext. 0
  • 6 p.m., April 21, at the Metairie, La., office; (504) 838-7500, Ext. 0
  • 5:30 p.m., April 22, at the Slidell, La., office; (985) 781-7068, Ext. 0
  • 5:30 p.m., April 23, at the Baton Rouge, La., office; (225) 293-1200, Ext. 0.



New Orleans restaurant turns 175

In New Orleans, where food is celebrated like nowhere else in the South–maybe in the country–the iconic restaurant, Antoine’s, is observing its 175th anniversary this year. The French Quarter landmark is the oldest continually operating restaurant in the country.

Countless celebrities and world leaders have dined at Antoine’s, including Pope John Paul II, who visited New Orleans in 1987. Chef Michael Regua, who has been at the helm of Antoine’s for 42 years, was chosen as one of the local chefs to prepare a meal for the pontiff.

Antoine Alciatore left France for America in 1822 and opened a boarding house/restaurant known as Antoine’s in 1840. Ill health necessitated his return to France in 1874, where he died. However, his wife and son, Jules, continued in the business, offering the finest French Creole cuisine. It was Jules who invented Oysters Rockefeller, named after Standard Oil’s John D. Rockefeller, for the richness of the sauce. While it remains a favorite on the menu, don’t ask for the recipe; it’s a closely guarded secret.

The restaurant’s 14 dining rooms are of themselves repositories of New Orleans history. And the wine cellar, which has been lovingly restocked since 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ruined the entire inventory, can accommodate up to 25,000 bottles.

“Surviving 175 years is significant for any business, and we hope the city and its visitors take this opportunity to celebrate New Orleans’ unique culture,” said Rick Blount, fifth-generation proprietor. “We are honored to be a part of this great American city and to represent our restaurants and the city’s culinary heritage.”

Antoine’s is located at 713 St. Louis St. in the French Quarter. For reservations, call (504) 581-4422 or visit


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