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simply the best: seafood restaurant
Pêche won James Beard top honors
in 2014.

aBa MeMBer news
in the CresCent City
the National WWii museum. A $325
million expansion is set to quadruple its
size, and a pedestrian bridge will soon
link the original building with its new
campus. www.nationalww2museum.org
Audubon Nature institute. the aquarium
at this world-class facility just celebrated
its 25th birthday. Plus, its zoo is home to
two white alligators, two spot and Antoine Blanc. www.auduboninstitute.org

Just the FaCts

mardi Gras World. Love the fantastical
floats in the Mardi Gras parades? here's
where many are built not only for Mardi
Gras but also for parades around the
world. www.mardigrasworld.com

New orleans today is a
smaller city, yet safer, better
educated, and more business
friendly than it was before
hurricane katrina, according
to Forbes.
tourist spending: $6.8 billion in
2014 (vs. $4.9 billion in 2004)
Number of tourists: 9.5
million in 2014 (vs. 10 million
in 2004)
population: 1.25 million, 90%
of pre-storm level
redevelopment Funding:
$135 billion
Number of Jobs in the region:
91% of pre-katrina levels
entrepreneurship rate: 64%
higher than national average

Jazzy airport
Plans for a new terminal complex at
the Louis Armstrong New orleans
International Airport have taken off. As
part of the $650 million project, there
will be a new ground transportation
area for buses, shuttles, limos, and
taxis. the 650,000-square-foot facility
will have 30 gates on two concourses
and 2,000 parking spaces. Work is expected to be complete in May 2018, in
time for the city's 300th anniversary. 

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Tourists aren't the only ones impressed by New orleans' recovery. "A
new spirit of civic engagement [has]
primed the city for a new era of greatness," says The New York Times. "Katrina
infused the city's DNA with resilience,"
Fortune magazine concludes, and cNN
agrees, saying that today New orleans
is "tougher, feistier, and cooler 10 years
after Katrina."
The biggest misconception New
orleans faces? "People still think there's
damage," says the cvb's Sonnier, who
acknowledges, "Yes, there is when you
get beyond the metro area, but if you are
coming to New orleans to experience
all the attractions and tourist amenities
and have a comfortable cultural vacation
experience that has never been better,
that part of the city is back and better
than ever."

600 New restaurants

Tourism is the backbone of the city's
economy, and no sector is stronger than
the big easy's dining industry. It's not just

that there are 600 new restaurants since
Hurricane Katrina, according to the cvb,
it's the types of restaurants.
"New chefs are taking the foundations
of New orleans cooking and pushing
them to new limits," Sonnier explains.
"For example, we've got award-winning
chefs opening restaurants that serve
Israeli cuisine. It's a new energy and a new
attitude that says New orleans doesn't
have to remain what it was pre-Katrina."
The old standbys serving creole
classics, such as Antoine's, Galatoire's,
broussard's, and commander's Palace,
are going strong, as are AbA members
court of Two Sisters and Tujague's.
Newer super-hot eateries include Shaya,
serving modern Israeli cuisine; the classically French Patois, whose chef was
crowned "King of Louisiana Seafood"
in 2014; Pêche Seafood Grill, winner
of the James beard Foundation's 2014
best New restaurant award; and red's
chinese, which one reviewer describes
as "an intentionally inauthentic chinese
restaurant" that "invites gluttony."

courtesy of Pêche (2).

New orleans school of Cooking. have a
group of 25 or more? you can schedule a
private demo class. even better, groups
of just eight or more can try private,
hands-on cooking classes.
www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com


http://www.nationalww2museum.org http://www.auduboninstitute.org http://www.mardigrasworld.com http://www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com

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