Houmas House Plantation



July  2015

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Calling All Brides

As Seen by Queen Grace



Weddings seem to be in the news a lot lately.  So, I can't help but share our news with the world. 

This month, the readers of 225 Magazine voted Houmas House Plantation as Best Wedding Reception Venue in the Baton Rouge area.   I am beyond excited to win this title.

I will hang this award right next to our 2011Top Wedding Venue in New Orleans from TheKnot.com.

Since we are so perfectly situated between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, my Sugar Palace is the perfect place for brides looking for the perfect fairytale plantation wedding. 

I'm sure the news of my extravagant wedding in 2003 with a mere 1,800 guests put us on the map for plantation weddings. 

As you can see, Houmas House can accommodate weddings in any season and any size. With several ballrooms to choose from, brides can stay cool in the summer and warm all winter.  I should mention, our gardens are colorful all year too.

It's no wonder brides continuously pick Houmas House for their wedding.


I hope to see your wedding here soon!


Much  Love,
Queen Grace


Secrets from The Carriage House Restaurant

Blueberry Salad

1/4 c. blueberries
1/16 c. red onion sliced thin
To taste red wine vinegar
To taste olive oil
1/4 c. fresh young Camembert sliced thin/ lightly crumbled
As needed Fresh mixed greens
To taste sea salt
To taste freshly cracked black pepper

Place the blueberries in a bowl with red onions.
Using a spoon lightly mash the blueberries just until they lose some of their juice.
Lightly salt the blueberries
Add a dash of red wine vinegar to create a note of acidity.
In a separate bowl place greens.
Lightly oil the side of the bowl, we do this so the greens do not become over dressed or mushy.
Carefully work the greens around the edge of the bowl to dress.
Place the greens on a plate
Use a spoon to dress the greens with the blueberries, onions and natural juice,
place shave Camembert as desired.



Buffets and Tastings and Farm Fresh.....Oh My!

Like us on FacebookHoumas House embarks on a new direction for its restaurants- Caf? Burnside, Latil's Landing Restaurant and The Carriage House Restaurant.  Beginning July 13th, each restaurant is changing its approach to create varied menus, and changing them more frequently.  Chef Joseph Dicapo will become Executive Chef of the Carriage House Restaurant and Chef Anderson Foster will become Executive Chef of Latil's Landing Restaurant.  Both Foster and Dicapo will share responsibilities for Caf? Burnside.  Former Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Rachel Whitesides, will become Houmas House Food and Beverage Manager. 


Like us on FacebookLatil's Landing, the fine dining restaurant located in the original 1770's house, will maintain its refined, sophisticated style but will offer tasting menus only.  The five and seven course tastings offered will reflect seasonal availability of herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the Houmas House gardens.  The seafood offered will be local and also aligned with the current season.   For nearly two and a half centuries the Sugar Barons of Houmas House have entertained their guests with the finest of food and beverage. It is in that spirit that Chef Anderson Foster allows his guests the opportunity to personalize their dining experience.  His tasting menu allows for his guests to choose amongst several choices for the ultimate customization of their menu.   



Cafe Burnside will begin offering a buffet for lunch daily. This addition to the regular lunch menu will help serve guests more efficiently and still provide them with a large selection of Louisiana cuisine.


Like us on FacebookThe Carriage House Restaurant was established in 2012 to serve the overnight guests staying in the new Inn at Houmas House. The elegant dining room is most noted for the forty foot long table that stretches nearly the length of the ballroom and for the handmade plaster moldings and medallions along the ceiling. The menu in this restaurant is a contemporary progressive approach to Louisiana cuisine offering traditional Louisiana dishes with a twist.

Chef Dicapo leads the culinary team in the Carriage House.  


Meet the Chefs of Houmas House

Chef Anderson Foster is native to Louisiana and grew up in White Castle, LA. His love for cooking came from his two grandmothers and mother.  After graduating high school, Chef Foster enrolled in the Culinary Arts Institution of Baton Rouge. His instructors took interest in him and were impressed by his work ethic and creativity.  His first job out of culinary school was with Sodexo where he served as grill cook for three years.  He joined the Houmas House team in 2004 and in the past nearly 11 years has worked his way up from grill cook, to sous chef, to running the two busiest restaurants at Houmas House.


"In the last few years we've seen a 400% increase in our daily lunch crowd at Caf? Burnside.  This growth has encouraged us to change the way we serve lunch daily. On Monday, July 13th, we'll start offering a daily buffet along with our regular menu. This will help us serve our guests more efficiently and will broaden our selection of Louisiana specialties." Says Chef Foster.


"My favorite part of working at Houmas House is the ability to use fresh ingredients from our very own gardens and given the freedom to be creative. It's so rewarding to talk to guests from New York to Europe and hear them say this is the best meal they've had while in Louisiana. My hope for the future is for Houmas House to be known as much as a culinary destination as it is a historical tourist attraction."


Chef Dicapo leads the culinary team in the Carriage House. A Baton Rouge native, Dicapo discovered his love for cooking while in high school. Working in various restaurants and butcher shops over a decade, he focused his interest on the farm to table concept. After completing the culinary program at Johnson and Wales in Denver, Colorado he returned to Baton Rouge and joined the culinary team at Houmas House in 2010.

With the opening of the Carriage House Restaurant, Dicapo developed a menu reflective of the season and using fresh ingredients from the Houmas House gardens and buying from local farmers. "My style is simple, straightforward and inspired by the season and the plantation and grounds." Says Dicapo.


"This property is an endless source of inspiration."  Dicapo uses his skills learned from the butcher shop to fabricate his own meats and makes weekly trips to local dairy farmers, gardens and farmers markets for other ingredients not grown on the property. "Guests will enjoy seasonal menus in this restaurant and can always expect something new to try." Says Dicapo.



There  Are  Many  Ways  to Visit  Houmas   House

Sometimes traveling can be overwhelming when planning excursions, hotels and meals. And the options are endless for tours available. Plantation touring is a favorite option for those visiting Louisiana.  Here are several ways to purchase tickets and transportation to visit us.

If you're driving to Houmas House on your own and wish to see more than one historic home, here are two options:

If you are staying in New Orleans and need transportation, here are two options:

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 Open  Daily      

Sunday-Saturday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm

The Carriage House Restaurant:

    Breakfast- 8 am-10 am

    Afternoon Tea- 2 pm- 4:30 pm

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


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** Please note-  As of November 1, 2014, ticket price for self-guided garden tour has increased to $15.00.  


Houmas House Plantation | 40136 Hwy 942 (River Road) | Darrow, LA | 70725

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