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The Royal Sonesta’s Round Table Luncheon Celebrates Spring Festival Season

There’s nothing quite like springtime in New Orleans. With the arrival of perfect weather conditions, the city comes alive with a virtual floral explosion of color setting the stage for the onset of festival season. At the Royal Sonesta’s Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday April 16th at 12 Noon, you’ll enjoy a sneak peek inside three different festivals on tap this season. Hosted by Margarita Bergen in the hotel’s elegant Fleur de Lis Suite, guests will enjoy three dynamic speakers, live entertainment, delicious cuisine and plenty of champagne, darlings!

Kia Robinson, the Programs, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, will share updates and insiders tips for the ten-day cultural extravaganza that draws over 400,000 visitors annually to the Crescent City. Headlined by such international all-stars as Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Christina Aguilera, fest-goers can look forward to another year of unforgettable music, authentic cuisine and artisan crafts from around the world.

Then Laila Morcos Zissis will provide a close up look at the New Orleans Greek Festival. The 41st celebration takes place May 23rd through 25th along the banks of scenic Bayou St. John at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Embrace all things Pan-Hellenic at this family-friendly cultural fest that presents traditional Greek food, music, pastries and plenty of exciting games and prizes that will have you shouting Opa!

Jamie Peckenpaugh, Executive Director of The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, will update guests on the May 21st through 24th festival that showcases local flavors and innovative culinary creations. Now in it’s 22nd year, gourmands from across the nation will converge on New Orleans to attend tasting seminars, groove to live music, and sample special pre-fix menus with wine pairings from over two dozen New Orleans restaurants.

If that’s enough to entice to attend the Round Table, then perhaps a live performance by the locally renowned entertainer and singer Marshall Harris with resident pianist Jim Walpole will motivate you to join us. Guests will enjoy an elegant three-course menu that begins with a Blackened Snapper, Saffron, and Shrimp Ciopinno. The entrée duet features Crispy Duck Leg Confit with Grand Marnier and Blueberry Gastrique, paired with Tarragon Brown Butter Seared Lobster Mousse Medallions with Herb Roasted Fingerling Hassleback Potatoes, and Garlic Spiked Swiss Chard. For dessert, enjoy Executive Pastry Chef Solandie Exantus’ Chocolate Doberge with Carmelized Peach Ice Cream. Simply delicious!

The Royal Sonesta Hotel’s Round Table Luncheon is $50 inclusive with advance reservations or $55 at the door. Parking is complimentary in the hotel’s parking garage. For reservations, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or
The 500-room Royal Sonesta Hotel is located in the heart of the fabulous French Quarter, just steps from world-famous restaurants, antique shops, jazz clubs and premier tourist attractions. Its atmosphere reflects a strong European influence and Southern charm. The hotel surrounds a tropical courtyard, just off an elegant marble lobby. The guestrooms offer views of the beautifully landscaped pool, secluded patios or French Quarter life. The hotel boasts over 20,000 square feet of functional meeting space as well as a brand new, luxurious Board Room equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. For hotel or restaurant reservations or more information, call your travel agent, 1-800-SONESTA, or visit their website at
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