Houmas House Plantation



October  2015

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Passing of the Torch

On September 20, 2015 Queen Grace passed away peacefully in her sleep. The Houmas House family misses her everyday.
In 2003 the wedding of Grace and Sam served as the grand opening of Houmas House Plantation under the new ownership of Kevin Kelly.  It was this wedding that attracted over 1800 guests and media outlets from across the country.  From that moment on, Princess Grace has been a permanent fixture at the plantation.  She spent her days wandering through the gardens, riding the golf cart and frequently popping into the gift shop.  
Her sweet personality was noticed by all who met her.  She loved greeting guests visiting the plantation and had a way of giving comfort when she was around.  Grace was calm, loving and a true joy to have around.
She was always a good sport when it came to dressing up and being photographed.  Her collection of hats, glasses and collars always reflected the season or upcoming event. She even met Miss USA who crowned her Queen Grace!  
She left big s hoes to fill.  Following in her footsteps is Princess Magnolia or "Maggie".   Maggie has watched and mimicked Grace for two years, shadowing her every move.  Today, you'll see Maggie waiting outside the gift shop for the next golf cart ride, playing fetch or swimming in the pond. 
Like Grace, Maggie is sweet and friendly and hopes to eventually be deemed Queen of the Sugar Palace.   
Thank you for all of your comments, love and prayers with the passing of Grace.  She lived a wonderful life and loved all the attention from you.

Much Love,
Kevin Kelly and the Houmas House staff

Latil's Landing Restaurant

The new tasting menu at Latil's Landing has been a success! You can make a reservation by  clicking here.  With two tasting menus to choose from, you'll have a tough time picking your favorite course. Here's a glimpse of the 9 course menu. 

Nine Course Tasting Menu
$120 per person
Enhance your experience with a Wine Pairing
for an additional $75 per person for the Chef's Nine Course Tasting.
Each course will be perfectly matched with a unique Wine
~Amuse Bouche~
Scallop and Foie Gras Sandwich
Seared foie gras between two rosemary scallops, with smoked corn coulis
Classic Turtle Soup
~Poisson Entree~  
Tuna Grace
Pan seared fresh tuna, with spinach risotto and soft shell crawfish,
With a basil cream sauce
Arugula and Cucumber Salad
Arugula lettuce tossed in champagne vinaigrette
With cucumbers, toasted walnuts, and shaved Manchego cheese
~Cosmopolitan Sorbet~

~Viande Entree~
Veal Steak
Veal steak cooked in a black cast iron skillet
Topped with a potato leek sauce, with garlic roasted carrots
A selection of Local Cheeses
Chocolate Bourbon Cake
With coffee bourbon syrup, toasted hazelnuts
and Port Wine ice cream
Executive Chef Anderson Foster, Jr.

Secrets from Latil's Landing Restaurant
Bisque of Curried Pumpkin, Crawfish and Corn
Yields 12 6oz. servings
1 Cup olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped bell peppers
1cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped garlic
1 cup flour
1 cup Steen's cane syrup
¼ cup curry powder
2 quarts crawfish stock
1 14 oz. can of unsweetened pumpkin
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 lb. peeled Louisiana crawfish tails 
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
In a large pot heat olive oil over medium high heat, add onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic.  Cook until translucent or for 10 minutes.  Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes.  Then, stir in cane syrup, curry powder, crawfish stock, corn kernels and Louisiana crawfish tails.  Whisk in can pumpkin and bring soup to a boil, then swimmer for 30 minutes.  Add heavy whipping cream and season soup with salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy.   

The Ghost of Houmas House 

When Houmas House was undergoing renovations in 2003, a worker from the electrician's crew was the first to report that he had seen a young girl descending the freestanding stairway, and later in the large central hall. His concern expressed to co-workers: the house was a construction zone and unsafe for children, especially a girl of 7-10 
Working into the evening hours, two others in the crew saw the little girl in the blue dress with dark eyes and brunette hair. But before they could confront her, she was gone.
A cursory check of the legion of workers who came and went each day produced no identity for the little girl, or any claim to her. As work wound to a conclusion, no other sightings occurred. In the brief interim between the completion of reconstruction and work on the grounds to prepare the property for the arrival of tourists, the house was quiet again for a few weeks.


Book  One  of  Several  Options  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

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


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

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