Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Published Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hires Elizabeth Nelson, Restaurant R’evolution Promotes Lauren Ward

NEW ORLEANS—Royal Sonesta New Orleans has hired Elizabeth Nelson as its director of catering and conference services with Restaurant R’evolution promoting Lauren Ward to general manager.

Nelson has over 14 years of progressive experience in catering and event management within the hospitality industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations/English from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  In her new role, she will manage the staff, services and logistics for groups and organizations that hold meetings, conventions and conferences at the iconic hotel’s meeting and event space.

Ward has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry including 12 years in fine dining, is an alum of Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and attended Delgado Community College and Louisiana State University for undergraduate studies.  Before her promotion, she held the position of beverage manager for Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel.  In her new role, Ward will manage the daily operations of Restaurant R’evolution including selection, development and performance management of staff; inventory and ordering of all food, beverages and supplies; and ensuring the highest level of guest satisfaction with each dining experience.

About Royal Sonesta New Orleans:

Located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter and steps away from some of the city’s finest shopping and visitor attractions, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a hub of authentic jazz, vibrant nightlife and refined southern design. The hotel is home to several dining and entertainment venues, including Restaurant R’evolution, Bar R’evolution, The Jazz Playhouse, Desire Oyster Bar, Le Booze and PJ’s Coffee Café. In addition to world-class amenities, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers 20,000 square feet

of meeting and special event space. With 483 freshly appointed rooms, including 36 suites, the luxurious hotel is one of over 260 Sonesta properties in the U.S. and nearly 300 Sonesta properties worldwide. For more information, visit or call 504-586-0300.

About Restaurant R’evolution

Restaurant R’evolution is the first joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, offering modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Located inside the iconic Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, Restaurant R’evolution’s menu reflects a melding of the chefs’ distinct culinary styles. Steeped in the diverse historic and cultural influences of Louisiana, the menu features not only the chefs’ interpretations of New Orleans classics such as gumbo, po’ boys, and beignets, but also new creations highlighting ingredients from what Chef Folse refers to as “the swamp floor pantry.” Tableside service components play an important role in the dining experience, promoting guest engagement about the history and evolution of the food they are enjoying.

For more information, private events or to set reservations immediately, contact Restaurant R’evolution at or visit