Travel with Doc Culinary Insights Tour to New Orleans

March 29 – April 2, 2017


Join Dr. John Sconzo and Travel Directions, Inc. on a culinary exploration and insider experience of the Crescent City, New Orelans, and the bayou.
This is a unique opportunity to join food experts on a trip to Louisiana to meet with and learn from influential chefs in the region.  Each day will be spent with different chefs and experts in the culinary scene of New Orleans.
During this 4-night tour, you will be treated to an intimate experience at some of the best restaurants and cocktail bars in New Orleans and the area.
The trip will consist of 4 nights in New Orleans at The Pontchartrain Hotel.
Restaurants include MOPHO, Angeline, Brigtsen’s, and other special meals.


Trip Information

Planned Highlights:

  • Join MOPHO Chef Michael Gulotta, a 2016 Food & Wine Best New Chef, on an exploration of New Orleans and the Vietnamese influences in its cuisine
  • Half day visit to an oyster farm outside of New Orleans with Chef Alex Harrell from Angeline followed by a meal at his restaurant later that evening
  • A traditional Cajun boucherie day experience
  • Visit the Museum of the American Cocktail and have a cocktail workshop from its co-founder, “the” bartender Chris McMillian
  • Enjoy an afternoon cocktail crawl to some of New Orleans’ most distinctive cocktail establishments both in and out of the French Quarter
  • A music tour and evening music experience on Frenchman Street
  • Culminate with a classic Creole dinner at Brigtsen’s Restaurant near the Riverbend

PRICE: $2595.00 per person based on double occupancy, Single Supplement $425.00 (deposit of $595 required to save a spot on the trip) LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE


  • 4 overnights in New Orleans at The Pontchartrain Hotel
  • Trip Leaders: Dr. John Sconzo and Charles Grabitzky
  • Chef Co-Leaders: Alex Harrell and Michael Gulotta
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Meals and beverages as specified in the itinerary
  • Visits to local markets and neighborhoods
  • Dining at MOPHO, Angeline, Brigtsen’s and others
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including all admissions
  • All taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare before or after trip
  • Drinks with some meals
  • Tips to the driver
  • Trip insurance – highly recommended


Recommended for:

If you are passionate about fine dining and experiential culinary visits, traveling with Doc Sconz and Travel Directions is for you. 

This special, once-in-a-lifetime experience will bring you to the finest of New Orleans’ dining locales as well as visits with culinary experts and sights.  

Your Trip Leaders

Trip leaders are Dr. John Sconzo, a leading food writer and photographer, and Charles Grabitzky from Travel Directions, who leads small groups around the world.

Dr. John Sconzo

Dr. John Sconzo is the author of His passions include food, dining and photography and he has journeyed around the globe developing relationships with chefs and other denizens of the delicious world of food and drink.  John is located in Glens Falls, NY.

Charles Grabitzky, Travel Directions

Charles Grabitzky has been providing guided tours with Travel Directions throughout the world over the past twenty years. Travel Directions is located in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Trip Details

Itinerary Summary
Wednesday, March 29 Day 1, Arrive in New Orleans for four nights, cocktail reception at the Pontchartrain Hotel, Dinner at MOPHO (D)
Thursday, March 30 Day 2, New Orleans—Morning Tour of Oyster Farm with chef Alex Harrell, Lunch adventure with chef Michael Gulotta, cocktail workshop with Chris McMillian, Dinner at Angeline (B,L,D)
Friday, March 31 Day 3, New Orleans—Cajun traditional boucherie experience, live jazz on Frenchman Street (B,L,D)
Saturday, April 1 Day 4, New Orleans—Morning music tour of New Orleans, Lunch at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Afternoon cocktail crawl, Dinner at Brigtsen’s (B,L,D)
Sunday, April 2 Day 5, Depart New Orleans, End of Trip (B)
Breakfast (B) – 4 Lunch (L) – 3 Dinner (D) – 4

The hotel for this culinary journey was picked for its excellence in both quality and location.

The Pontchartrain Hotel:  

Located in the Garden District of New Orleans, adjacent to its charming streetcar route, the Pontchartrain Hotel is a one-of-a-kind full service luxury New Orleans hotel.  This historic circa-1927, 14-story architectural gem, provides modern luxurious amenities, minutes away convenience, and old school home away from home attention to all your needs.

Included with the stay is WiFi and access to breakfast (if needed).

New Orleans Cuisine:

New Orleans cuisine is a combination of foods from New Orleans, Louisiana and the United States.  Some dishes do originate in New Orleans, and others are common and popular in the city and surrounding areas in the Delta and southern Louisiana.

The cuisine is influenced from creole cuisine, cajun cuisine and soul food.  Seafood is also an important ingredient.

New Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.  Named after the Duke of Orleans, it was established by French colonists and influenced by their European culture.  Today, New Orleans continues to be a top culinary destination in the United States.

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” – Mark Twain

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