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Cajun Cooking, Cuisine & Culture

Program Number: 14734RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/21/2014 - 4/26/2014; 4/6/2015 - 4/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Price starting at: $817.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Cajun cooking is renowned worldwide for its delectable flavors and distinctive spices. Learn to cook Cajun as you explore the history of this “country” cuisine and the culture that gave it birth. Participate in four cooking classes taught by local chefs/cooks at the University of Louisiana's fully-equipped A/C facilities (and possibly a local cooking school), learn to make classic Cajun dishes as well as updated dishes made with local ingredients. We’ll also take field trips to specialty markets and see how boudin, a favorite sausage, is made. We’ll dine out at area restaurants — rustic and refined — and enjoy authentic music. Sure to be a memorable highlight: an excursion into the exotic Louisiana swamp!




Highlights

• Participate in three cooking classes taught by local chefs and cooks as you learn to make classic Cajun dishes and updated versions made with local ingredients.
• Take field trips to specialty markets, see how boudin — a favorite local sausage — is made, and dine out at restaurants rustic and refined.
• Enjoy authentic music and even take an excursion into the exotic Louisiana swamp!



Activity Particulars

Standing up to several hours at a time with breaks during cooking classes; seats available if needed; sessions include time to enjoy foods prepared. Walking during field trips, mostly from bus to study sites; some standing to watch boudin making.



Coordinated by University of Louisiana at Lafayette.




Lafayette

Two hours west-northwest of New Orleans, Lafayette is vibrant with Cajun and Creole culture. The city hosts a number of arts, music and food festivals dedicated to preserving the Louisiana Acadian spirit, celebrated in the upbeat tempos of Cajun music.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with fitness center, outdoor pool and on-site restaurant. Complimentary airport shuttle service.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Lafayette
  Lafayette, LA 5 nights
 Hilton Lafayette
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of Cajun Country, set on the banks of the Vermilion River. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.
  Contact info: 1521 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503 USA
phone: 800-445-8667
web: www.Lafayette.Hilton.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 37" flat panel television, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, 24 hour fitness room, 24 hour business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $89 two double beds, $99 king Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $89 two double beds, $99 king Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. Call the Hilton Lafayette directly and ask to speak to the reservationist, who is available Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 Central time, and the number is not toll free. 337 235-6111. Tell them you are with Road Scholar.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30PM in the hotel meeting room for a welcome and orientation. You will be staying at Hilton Lafayette that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10:00. Depart after breakfast. You will be staying at Hilton Lafayette the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lafayette, LA
  Nearest highway: Lafayette is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49.
  Nearest airport:  Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) featuring service with American Eagle, Delta, and United Airlines.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lafayette, LA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lafayette

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

The Hilton has airport transportation available. Please include your flight arrival information on the Personal Information Form. Call the Hilton ahead of time at 337 235-6111 to arrange pickup. Should your flight be delayed or your schedule changed in some way, please call the hotel to notify them.

 

Lafayette

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

no charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

Please include expected arrival time on your Personal Information Form. Call for hotel shuttle (337) 235-6111. If arriving at an unexpected time and need taxi service, call City/Dixie Cab Service at 337-237-3333 or Quality Cab Service @ 337-235-8993. Cost approximately $10 at your expense.

 

Lafayette

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-235-6111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

Please put expected arrival time on the Personal Information Form. Call the Hilton at 337 235-6111 for shuttle service. Be prepared to use your own cell phone or may have to find a phone to use nearby. Amtrak does not have a phone at the station.

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 traveling from east (Baton Rouge, LA) or west (Houston, TX) From I-10: take the I49/Highway 90/SW Evangeline Thwy South exit. (Exit 103A) Head south for about 3.5 miles and turn right on Pinhook. Lafayette Hilton is 1.5 miles on your left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  From the airport If you've rented a car at Lafayette Regional Airport, you will exit the airport parking lot, turning left onto Blue Blvd., then left onto Surrey Street. Cross US Highway 90 (US-90) at the light. Surrey Street becomes University Avenue. Cross under railraod overpass. Turn left on Pinhook Road. The Hilton hotel is about 1.5 miles down Pinhook Rd., on the left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  I-49 traveling from north If you're coming in from north of Lafayette on I-49, I-49 becomes the Evangeline Thruway (and Hwy 90) once you are south of I-10. Stay on the Evangeline Thruway, about 3.5 miles, and turn right on Pinhook Road. Travel 1.5 miles down Pinhook, and the Hilton will be on the left. (1521 W. Pinhook Rd.)
  US 90 from the south If you are traveling from the south on US 90 (which is the future I-49 corridor), Hwy. 90 becomes Evangeline Thruway. Turn left on Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive about 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom and turn right on Pinhook Road. The Hilton is about 1/2 a mile on the right at 1521 W. Pinhook Rd, past the bridge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
(Monday, April 21)
   
 Afternoon: We will meet promptly at 4:30 for the program orientation. We will go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, and have a general Q&A session. Individuals will introduce themselves to the group. It's a lively beginning to the program that is not to be missed!
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cooking Class
(Tuesday, April 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We will have our first cooking class, usually at Hamilton Hall, a university facility, and instruction will be from a university instructor. The morning class includes instruction, lunch, and clean-up.
 Lunch: Our lunch will be the meal we've created in class that day.
 Afternoon: We'll see a documentary film, "Against the Tide: The Story of the Cajun People of Louisiana."
 Dinner: Dinner at a local Cajun restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cooking Class; Martin Accordions
(Wednesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: More cooking in Cajun country!
 Lunch: We will again dine on the meal we've created that day.
 Afternoon: We will visit a couple of specialty food and meat markets to see where the locals shop and what they have to choose from. We will be treated to a boudin making demonstration, as well as a tasting. Boudin is a well-loved Cajun delicacy. There is a possibility that we will also be able to watch cracklins being made. Both of these local favorites are quite a taste treat!
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cooking Class
(Thursday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A local chef will be the cooking instructor for the day. The session includes instruction, lunch, and clean-up.
 Lunch: We will dine on the meal we have prepared in class that day.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Martin Accordions for a fabulous jam session with the Martin Family Band. A treat for all involved!
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant TBA.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dinner at a Cajun restaurant/dance hall!
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A fun food related outing!
 Lunch: Local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Weather permitting, we will take a boat ride through beautiful Lake Martin, which has picturesque swamps and fascinating wildlife.
 Dinner: Dinner & Live Music: Our farewell dinner will be at a well known local restaurant/dance hall.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure after breakfast, which is served from 6:30 - 10:00.
(Saturday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: You are free to depart before or after breakfast, which is available from 6:30 - 10:00. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lafayette, LA Acadian Village
Museum of authentic Acadian homes. Located on the grounds of Acadian Village are eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to 1800. There is a recreation of a General Store that was the main gathering place for the community. Onsite is a replica of a Chapel, the floor of the Chapel was made with long leaf pine that is over 200 years old. The reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop was built with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The shop is complete with original tools used by the blacksmith years ago. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed for major holidays. For additional information, visit www.acadianvillage.org
  Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium
The Museum exists to encourage the discovery and understanding of the natural world, the universe, and the role of humans within them. Hours of Operation Monday - Closed Tuesday thru Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission Charges Adults - $5.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $3.00 Children - $2.00 For additional information, visit www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org
  University Art Museum
The University Art Museum's Permanent Collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday - 9:00 to Noon Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday and Monday - Closed. Ticket prices: Adult $5. Senior Citizens $4. For additional information, visit www.museum.louisiana.edu
  Zoo of Acadiana
Hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, January to November. (Closed major holidays) Winter Hours: December Only 9:00 - 4:00 Safari of Lights: 5:00 - 9:00 *weather permitting* Admission cost: $9.25* for adults $8.25* for senior citizens 55 and older *plus tax. For additional information, visit www.zooofacadiana.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Cajun Country


Author: Barry Ancelet, Glen Pitre, Jay Edwards


Description: An insightful study of the people of south Louisiana. It examines their traditional culture and its impact on modern ways.



Inherit the Atchafalaya


Author: Greg Guirard & Ray Brassieur


Description: Greg Guirard's stunning photographs, fascinating text by Ray Brassieur, woven together to tell the rich history of the Acadians.



Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine


Author: Marcelle Bienvenu, Carl A. Brasseaux and Ryan Brasseaux




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