Culinary Insitute of New Orleans

Gourmet Cuisine by the Culinary Institute of New Orleans

2100 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, La. 70130

Cast back into time; experience the tastes and ambiance of a supper club, aloft in the heights of the Garden District on historic oak tree lined St. Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans. The Cricket Club offers a romantic atrium setting with gourmet cuisines prepared by the Culinary Institute of New Orleans.

Originally a part of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, the structure is of historical significance. Some thirty years ago, this magnificent wonder of the world developed structural fractures in the steel. Engineers were called in to determine how to preserve the French landmark. Many solutions were discussed; however, the general consensus was the monument could not appear to be altered. Physical modifications would destroy the architectural design and the accepted passionate sense of wonder. So the engineers decided to lighten the structure by removing the restaurant located on the third level. A group of investors from New Orleans meticulously dissembled, labeled, shipped and reassembled the facility on the present location and opened as the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. The enormous cost incurred doomed the venture. After twenty-five years of neglect the Cricket Club will now carry the French torch forward.

The new name is fitting. As one gazes upon the location, the skeletal steel structure is reminiscent of a cage. The Chinese developed a Cricket culture 2000 years ago depicting a sign of good luck and good fortune for those who preserve and honor the soothing songs of crickets in cages. The theme is advanced through the memory of the 1920’s-40’s supper clubs throughout the US.

Gourmet foods will be prepared on site by the Culinary Institute of New Orleans and students will train to be professional chefs in the kitchens. Tourists and other gourmet enthusiasts may join the cooking fun in the form of demonstration classes or hands-on classes. Banquets, weddings, and receptions will breathe life into the Cricket Club by reviving memories of times past.

Direct Phone: (504) 586-6642
Phone: (504) 525-CHEF (2433)Ext. 6642
Fax: (504) 525-2466
Banquets: 7 days, 24 hours
Catering: 7 days, 24 hours
Deli: Advance Orders
Dress: Casual/Formal
Food: New Orleans and International Cuisines. Gourmet foods prepared by the Culinary Institute of New Orleans

Specialty Dishes:

Hors D'Oeuvres:
Shrimp Mousse Cones; Wasabi Soft Shell Crab Legs; New Orleans Sushi; Paté Horns; Crab Glacé; Oyster Cups; Oyster Spoon; Crawfish Pie; Oyster Patties; Paté Squares; Salmon Flowers; Sweet Pepper Poppers; Beef Tip Pirogue.

Trout Almandine; Sauteed Chicken Breast Provencal with Spinach, Artichokes, Roma Tomato, Olives, Garlic and Basil; Filet of Beef stuffed with Boursin Cheese in a Wild Mushroom Crust; Salmon Mouseline.

Trout Meuniere; Braised Beef Brisket with Sour Cream Horseradish Puree; Southern Chicken Salad; Shrimp Salad; Crabmeat Ravigote.

Eggs Benedict; Veal Grillades and Grits; Eggs Lafitte; Eggs Sardou; Eggs Plaquemine; Eggs Mediterranean; Eggs Pontchartrain.

Signature Desserts:
Praline Cheesecake; Crème Brulee; Flourless Chocolate Cake; White Chocolate French Custard Bread Pudding; Apple Tart with Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream.

Signature Beverages:
Exotic combinations have been designed for our guest’s enjoyment
such as: Specialty Coffee Drinks, Frozen Cocktails, Cajun Fireball Martini, Creole Creamsicle,
Swamp Fever, Blue Moon Margaritas and other New Orleans Favorites

Credit Cards:
Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, Discover

Banquet Rooms :
Banquets (75-180 guests)
Receptions (200-500 guests)
Exhibitions, Special Events, Deli (prepared foods)
Cooking Classes
On-site bakery

Piano Bar, Gift Shoppe, Bakery, Complimentary Valet Parking, Security Guards

Louisiana Restaurant Association, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau,
St. Charles Avenue Business Association, Better Business Bureau and the Chamber New Orleans
and the River Region
, Hospitality Education Networking Association, Louisiana Attractions Association, Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, National Tour Association, American Bus Association, Louisiana Society of Account Executives