Clandestine – Luxury Event Planning and Experiential Marketing https://clandestine-events.com Luxury Events and Experiences Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Clandestine Events’ Tips for the New Orleans Jazz Fest https://clandestine-events.com/tips-for-the-new-orleans-jazz-fest/ https://clandestine-events.com/tips-for-the-new-orleans-jazz-fest/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:23:43 +0000 https://clandestine-events.com/?p=10289 The New Orleans Jazz Fest line-up for 2020 is out! And we couldn’t be more excited – with folks like The Who, Dead & Co, Lizzo and Lionel to name a few – it’s going to be yet another EPIC year. If you’d like someone to customize an exceptional one-of-a-kind Jazz Fest visit, contact us […]

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The New Orleans Jazz Fest line-up for 2020 is out! And we couldn’t be more excited – with folks like The Who, Dead & Co, Lizzo and Lionel to name a few – it’s going to be yet another EPIC year.

If you’d like someone to customize an exceptional one-of-a-kind Jazz Fest visit, contact us today and we will pull together something that is uniquely tailored to you.

If you’re just looking for some tips – read on…

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2020 Lineup

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2020 Lineup

First and foremost, make sure you bring the right gear – specifically rain gear. April/May is notoriously rainy in New Orleans and The Fairgrounds can get really muddy so you will need rain boots. We will wear rain boots and bring flip flops in a bag. When it’s hot, it can be a drag wearing rain boots all day. This way you can just put the boots on when you’re heading to a muddy area (like where the food tents are).

Be sure to map out who you really want to see ahead of time. Jazz Fest has an app, but we must admit, the old school “cubes” that are published in the newspaper is our favorite way to track who is playing when. Every year, Offbeat Magazine, a free local New Orleans publication, publishes the cubes in a convenient pocket size. Also, be sure to throw in a few unknowns into the mix. One of our favorite stages is the Jazz & Heritage Stage which is often filled with local New Orleans acts; if you have some spare time – stop by. The Gospel Tent is always inspirational.

Get there early and make a full day of it. The earlier you arrive, the more you get to take advantage of at the fairgrounds. Jazz Fest fills up as the hours go by during the day – when you arrive early, you get the pick of all the great food stands and great positioning near the front of any stage you choose. Plus, you can check out some of the more obscure performers who deserve a good crowd to support them – particularly the many acts that travel from far away. Everyone Jazz Fest’s a little differently.

Our pro tip is to camp out at a certain spot at the Fairgrounds. Take a look at which stage you will visit the most that day and establish a little area for yourself to come and go. BUT don’t leave you stuff without someone there and take up valuable real estate while you walk the fairgrounds for hours – that’s considered rude. We always have someone parked at our spot.

The food and the crafts are all just as top notch as the music – give yourself time to really take in all the great vendors who invest their time & energy into Jazz Fest. They come from far & wide. Plus, it’s always great to have a souvenir from the festival. We often travel to the fairgrounds with our friends as a group and thus, we pool our resources for beer runs. For those who have never been the Jazz Fest before, you can order a bunch of assorted beers along with a box and a nice big piece of ice which also comes in handy when it’s really hot out.

Speaking of the heat – DO NOT forget the sunscreen. There is very little shade at the fairgrounds. Another great reason to visit one of the tents – Blues, Gospel, etc. Also, pack those rain boots; they’ve come in very handy these past few years. If you forget them, stop at Walmart or one of the other local retailers to pick up some shrimp boots. They’re not too expensive and they’ll be critical if it’s muddy at the fairgrounds.

Bathroom tip! There are people pleasers (portable bathroom trailers) that are often times air conditioned and slightly more comfortable than using an actual port a potty. Especially if you’re at the fairgrounds with kids. Make note of where they are because we’ve also found that the lines are better for the most part. Also, make note of the headliners – the really big names; you’ll want to strategize the most ideal bathrooms based on where these big names are performing.

Lastly, parking yourself on the outside track for a big show is also considered impolite. Have fun and we will see you at this year’s Jazz Fest!

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Note: Don’t let the publish date fool you, we update this list regularly. ~ The Management, 2020

Rainy days can happen from time to time, but that doesn’t mean your day is ruined. Here is a list of great spots to visit when it’s raining. Each of the places listed below are ideal for a leisurely visit. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

  • The Sazerac House (NEW), 101 Magazine Street (corner of Canal & Magazine) – This is a brand new “museum” dedicated to the Sazerac, it’s history, and it’s connection to New Orleans. Admission is free! Those 21 and over get to sample a few different cocktails and the museum itself is quite a high tech exploration into this libation.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres – what an amazing space this is to learn about the history of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the United States in general. The exhibit takes about 1 hour to view – there’s a lovely courtyard and the building itself is absolutely gorgeous. Check out the built-ins on the first floor!! The cherry on top is their museum gift shop, with lots of great gift options at all different price ranges. And the best part is that this exhibit is FREE.
  • Erin Rose, 811 Conti – Yes, lately we’ve been slightly obsessed with this great little bar in the Quarter. It’s on Conti, right off of Bourbon Street. You get a great mix of people who come in, the staff is really nice & friendly, and they’ve got Killer Poboys in the back which are some of the most inventive poboys in town.
  • The Aquarium, 1 Canal- Overlooking the river, the Aquarium is a great spot particularly if you’ve got kids. By the way, the Insectarium is definitely within walking distance. Grab an umbrella and hit them both!
  • The streetcar – Another great thing to do with your kids is just hop on the streetcar and take a nice ride. Maybe consider taking it downtown to the Insectarium>Aquarium.
  • NOMA – The New Orleans Museum of Art is out at City Park so you’ll enjoy the beautiful artwork on display at the museum and the icing on the cake are the sights and sounds of a gorgeous park.
  • Carousel Bar, 214 Royal – in the Hotel Monteleone. It’s a bit pricey for their cocktails, but they’re certainly delicious. Our favorite is a Pimm’s Cup.
  • Toups Meatery, 845 N Carrollton – Why not head to Toups and order their meat or cheese board (or both) with a glass of wine? It’s close to NOMA on Carrollton so you might want to hit up NOMA first and then Toups to finish up a perfect rainy day.
  • Finn McCools, 3701 Banks – This is a great locals bar in Mid City with plenty of televisions to broadcast your favorite sporting event. Saints games can get pretty exciting here, as well as international soccer. The added bonus is Bookoo BBQ in the back – so you can spend HOURS at Finn’s drinking and eating and cheering on your favorite team. Rumor has it, they have free wifi!!
  • Merchant, 800 Common – Downtown in the CBD it can be tough to find a nice comfortable space to spend some time. Merchant offers coffee, salads, sandwiches, crepes, pastries in a comfortable space ideal for a leisurely afternoon.
  • The Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania – This is New Orleans’ locally owned indie movie theatre on, where else, Prytania. On most days, they start showing movies at 12 noon. For a special treat – go to the Cheese Shop listed next, get a bite to eat; then visit Creole Creamery on the next block for some ice cream before heading to The Prytania.
  • St. James Cheese Shop, 5004 Prytania and now with a second location downtown at 641 Tchoupitoulas – For the cheese lover, this place is absolute heaven. Our favorites include the Smokey Blue Sandwich (blue cheese & roast beef with Worcestershire mayo), the Hooks Cheddar (cheddar & turkey with basil and avocado), and the Manchego Salad (baby arugula,   manchego, pears & almonds). Grab a bite at St. James and then to the Prytania Theatre for the latest indie hit.
  • The Chart Room, 300 Chartres – This nondescript bar is on Chartres in the Quarter. The cool thing is that it opens up to the street so you can sit at the bar or at a table and watch the rain pour down right in front of you. It’s great for people watching, the selection in the jukebox rocks, and we’ve seen a few friendly dogs here too so bring Fido if she’s good at chilling at your feet. **cash only**
  • Cafe du Monde, 800 Decatur – It’s already on your list, why not grab a table and sit there while it rains. Enjoy a few beignets and some delicious chickory coffee. Ignore the snarky service – you’d be snarky too if you were paid less than minimum wage and had a quota to meet.
  • Satsuma Cafe – If it’s raining and you’re hungry, looking for something relatively healthy & delicious AND you need wifi – head over to Satsuma. There are three; the one in the Bywater is at 3218 Dauphine, the Uptown location can be found  at 7901 Maple, and the Lower Garden District shop address is 1320 Magazine. We love this place – everything’s delish and kudos to the designers – each one is perfectly suited for their respective location.
  • Molly’s at the Market on Decatur Street (1107 Decatur) – why not grab a cocktail and spend some time getting know the locals who frequent this great little bar?
  • Cane & Table, also on Decatur (1113 Decatur) – a mashup between Company Burger & Cure produces this rising star in the Quarter.

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We are so lucky to have a business with a broad array of event & experiential services – including our wedding planning services. It helps us push the boundaries of our creativity by leveraging the diversity of our client needs along with the je ne sais quoi of New Orleans event planning.

Case in point – Genna & Pat’s wedding this past November in the French Quarter. Our wedding clientele tend to be friends, or friends of friends – Genna & Pat are no exception. Genna’s parents are friends with dear college friends of mine. They are also fantastic people to work with and to know – everything about this wedding was a pleasure to pull together.

Photo by Hannah Pickle

I met with Genna + Pat a year prior to their wedding to look at venues – and after a bit of negotiating, they settled on Bevolo Lighting. A lovely little spot right in the Quarter that epitomizes old New Orleans charm. This company is known internationally for their handmade copper gas lanterns; as a result, the space if filled with lanterns that help light the way.

The space is a tiny bit challenging, simply because it is long and narrow – it’s not for everyone because it’s hard to get all your guests into one set space. However, if you absolutely love the look and feel, it’s easy to look beyond the space challenge. It encourages more movement & flow – and there’s a little outdoor courtyard that is perfect for a small ceremony. The bonus to this venue is that weather isn’t really a huge factor. Plus, it’s air conditioned!

Bevolo Lighting in the French Quarter

Genna & Pat were probably the most laid back bride & groom I’ve ever worked with. They weren’t worried about a lot of the typical wedding “rules”. Genna will probably kill me for saying this, but it felt quite zen. They really focused on enjoying the day to the fullest, without all the stresses associated with checking off wedding ‘box’ after wedding ‘box’.

Are you or someone you know planning to get married in New Orleans or Austin, soon? We’d love to help bring your vision to life.

Genna + Pat Vendors – 

GENNA + PATRICK

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January in New Orleans https://clandestine-events.com/january-in-new-orleans/ https://clandestine-events.com/january-in-new-orleans/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:00:06 +0000 https://clandestine-events.com/?p=10172 Here are a few of our favorite things to keep in mind that take place in New Orleans in January… January 1st – Every year, the Sugarbowl takes place in the Superdome on New Years Day. January 6th – Every year, marks the beginning of Carnival; the official start of Mardi Gras.  Also on January […]

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Here are a few of our favorite things to keep in mind that take place in New Orleans in January…

January 1st – Every year, the Sugarbowl takes place in the Superdome on New Years Day.

New Orleans King Cakes

New Orleans King Cakes

January 6th – Every year, marks the beginning of Carnival; the official start of Mardi Gras. 

Also on January 6th, the Phunny Phorty Phellows meet at the Willow Street Streetcar Barn where they hop on a streetcar with the Storyville Stompers and ride the line to Canal Street; celebrating with music & cocktails along the way.

King Cakes are officially in season – you can find a wide variety of types & flavors; don’t try just one and keep an eye out for the

Locals change out their holiday decor for Mardi Gras decor; have your camera out – especially at night.

THIS YEAR !! January 13th, 2020 will be a huge ‘event’ in the city – with Louisiana’s beloved LSU Tigers in the National College Football Championship.

Mardi Gras Indian

Mardi Gras Indian

For a bit of a history lesson, head to the Cabildo in Jackson Square On January 15th, 2020 where a number of Mardi Gras Indian chiefs will share their songs and artistry.

Keep an eye out for Mardi Gras floats, which you’ll randomly see traveling around the city as they’re transported from storage to their local den location.

Mardi Gras float

Mardi Gras float

Also in January, many of the Mardi Gras krewes host their formal balls and coronation events.

Need assistance creating an epic event or experience while you’re visiting New Orleans? Visit our Experiences page to learn more about our curated services or Contact Us today and we will reach out to you directly.

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The ART of Hospitality Part I https://clandestine-events.com/the-art-of-hospitality/ https://clandestine-events.com/the-art-of-hospitality/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 22:12:42 +0000 https://clandestine-events.com/?p=10005 It takes a lot of work to perfect the ART of Hospitality. Lately I have noticed we are getting more and more particular about what our expectations are for great service. This past year we have traveled more than ever and we have stayed in a large number of hotels. Because we travel so much, […]

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It takes a lot of work to perfect the ART of Hospitality. Lately I have noticed we are getting more and more particular about what our expectations are for great service. This past year we have traveled more than ever and we have stayed in a large number of hotels.

Because we travel so much, we have the ability to really observe and compare hospitality at various properties.   Our services for our own clients are highly customized and as such, we get all sorts of crazy requests. I am not one to take no for an answer. I will approach a challenge from as many angles as possible to get to yes. I consider it my job – as my clients representative to find a way to yes. And I can say with confidence that – giving your client a flat out NO is a surefire way to lose that client – or guest.  

Based on our travels as well as our own services, it appears great hospitality may be a thing of the past. 

I am writing this post on my way back from Europe to our homebase in Austin, Texas. We stayed in 3 different hotels while in Europe. Two in Madrid, and one in Vigo which is on the northwest coast of Spain. Our first hotel in Madrid, The VP Plaza Espana, was lovely on it’s face – the valet and bellhop was quite cordial and hospitable. The swanky rooftop restaurant/bar was a completely other experience. Every person that worked upstairs at the rooftop bar was a reflection of how not to be hospitable.  The service was slow to begin with – our first order took around 15 minutes to arrive. However, what really upset us was the fact that once we finished our first round of drinks, we were never serviced again. We had intended to get another round but for some reason our server chose to service the tables on either side of us quite attentively while our glasses remained empty for another 20 minutes. We finally had to ask someone else for the check.  This same experience happened to us 3 more times – either they ignored us altogether or they barely phoned in our service. It was incredibly disappointing and truth be told, I took it very personally. I ended up looking the place up online to see their reviews and found solace in knowing my opinion was shared with a number of others.  

Fast forward to our visit to Vigo. In Vigo, we stayed at the Gran Nagari Hotel.

The Art of Hospitality

A lovely hotel with pleasant accommodations and a pretty tasty restaurant. Yet again, the service was satisfactory on it’s surface – but we had multiple instances where they gave us a flat out no answer on questions that I believe would have been fairly easy to get some form of a yes. For example, our room had not been serviced that day and we had consumed the wine that was in our fridge. When we returned late from a day of site seeing in Portugal, we requested a glass of wine from the bar, the answer I received was ‘No, we are closed. Talk to the front desk’. When I spoke to the front desk and explained we were interested in a bottle of wine, I was told to go to the bar. When I explained that the bar was closed and our room hadn’t been turned – I asked if we could have one of the mini bar bottles. I was also told ‘No’ – with no alternative suggestion. There is a bar next door to the hotel. There are a couple of bars across the street. It would be EASY to suggest that we visit one of the bars that the front desk attendant recommends. But that was not the case and we were left to figure it out.  The icing on the cake for us was the laundry service. We had been traveling for 5 days at that point and sent a number of our clothes to be laundered. When we checked out, our bill for the laundry service alone was over $200!  

I do need to give these hotels some credit – their buffet breakfast was always delicious. Something that has really fallen out of favor, here in the U.S. I will truly miss the breakfast buffet – but I will continue our quest for the best hospitality service just as I continue to find ways to increase our own level of perfect service to our clients.  Stay tuned for Part II, when we give the Four Seasons Orlando a visit. 

 

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A STEM Activation in our Nation’s Capital https://clandestine-events.com/destination-event-planners/ https://clandestine-events.com/destination-event-planners/#respond Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:26:19 +0000 https://clandestine-events.com/?p=9995 Being Destination Event Planners, we get to visit many places! This time, a corporate event in DC provided us with an opportunity to visit the nation’s capital and explore an area that had previously been fairly undeveloped.     Our hotel location for this visit was the Intercontinental on the Wharf in D.C. Which overlooks […]

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Being Destination Event Planners, we get to visit many places! This time, a corporate event in DC provided us with an opportunity to visit the nation’s capital and explore an area that had previously been fairly undeveloped.

 

 

Our hotel location for this visit was the Intercontinental on the Wharf in D.C. Which overlooks the Washington Channel, directly off of the Potomac River. The Wharf  is a vibrant area, filled with restaurants as well as a few shops. It is home to the Capital Yacht Club – where a myriad of yachts, large and small are housed. The weather was quite perfect while we were there and the location was accessible to many parts of town. All in all, I was quite happy with our accommodations. Waking up with the ability to walk  outside and immediately gaze upon the water was really quite lovely – and they do a great job maintaining the area. It is very clean, well kept, and the overall design of the space both architecturally as well as from a landscaping perspective is perfect.

 

We dined at a few different spots. Because the Wharf area is a bit touristy, it was pretty expensive there. All the restaurants in that area were pricey and appeared to be smaller chain restaurants. The Blue Bottle coffee was a welcomed pick me up in the morning. Other spots we visited included Hank’s Oyster Bar, where we had a few seafood items like oysters, clams, and lobster deviled eggs. The oysters were great – nice and cold and tasty; but the space is not very inviting and it smelled like a dirty dish towel. In addition to that, the staff was less than helpful. Overall, our experience was unappealing.

 Next we stopped at Lupo Marino for some late night pizza and a glass of wine. This was a much better experience, and our bartender was friendly and cordial. We didn’t feel like an inconvenience which we always appreciate.

 The following morning, it was time to go to work at DC United Audi Stadium. What a great stadium. The entire staff was fun and a pleasure to work with. Our assignment was to engage with students interested in STEM educational activities. Our client, Group1001 asked us to assist with booth set up and management. Group1001 are huge supporters of STEM. Particularly as it relates to athletics – from soccer to car racing; another passion of the Group1001 organization. As such, our STEM activation includes a VR experience that features Indy race car phenom Zach Veach. The kids at the event absolutely loved the VR – it was a fun day for everyone and we hardly call this kind of event work! We also found a spot to sneak away for some wings and other Asian fare. What a welcome surprise. Just a few blocks away we found this tasty treasure. By the way, if you’re wondering how we find so many great restaurants – it’s simple, I do one of two things – either I check Eater.com or I google best restaurants near me; or both.

 On our final full day, I got up early and went for a walk along the water. It was gorgeous outside – I found a comfy chair overlooking the water and watched planes take off and land at Ronald Reagan airport, which is a stones throw away. Later that day, we played tourist a bit. The Wharf is also home to a number of seafood vendors who all sling a variety of seafood including crabs, of course. So we bought ourselves an ungodly amount of crab and seafood to eat but quickly learned there aren’t really places to eat the food at the Wharf. We ended up having to bring everything to our room and we never did find the tools needed to eat the crab so we had to improvise with knives and a cork screw that doubled as a crab ‘cracker’. That was a downer – it would be nice for the Wharf area to have something set up for consumption on the water. 

 

On our final night, we met up with wedding clients who we worked with in Sonoma in 2017. We had reservations at Tail Up Goat – a Michelin restaurant near Adams Morgan. This was my first Michelin restaurant that I’ve ever dined at and I loved it. Our waitress was lovely, the service was impeccable; their cocktail program is on point, and every single item we ate was spectacular. After dinner, we headed over to Jack Rose where they have one of the largest selection of whisky in the country.  Yet again – it was well worth the visit. The joint was jumpin’ and these folks know their whisky’s. 

 

So that was our quick trip to DC. One of the many reasons that we love being destination event planners is that we get to explore this beautiful world that we live in! We will be back again and we will definitely stay at the Intercontinental. 

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What is a Milestone Anniversary Party you ask? Well, what do you do to show your undying adoration for your partner of 10 years? Throw a soiree!!

 
               Our 10 year anniversary client is a local to New Orleans — they’re active on the social circuit (a VERY active circuit in New Orleans, as you might imagine). And boy do they know how to throw a party!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quite honestly, this was a dream client for us. They were so incredibly receptive to our ideas and were all about ‘upping the ante’ on what we provided at the party. Our location was downtown in the French Quarter at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum: one of our favorite courtyards to rent in the Quarter.
 
We transformed it into a beautiful boho-chic, enchanted courtyard – with lots of lounge furniture from Lovegood Rentals! The furniture pulled this rustic fairy tale look off perfectly!
 
 
What’s a soiree without flowers? We had the opportunity to have absolutely stunning decor from our favorite floral artist, Kim Starr Wise!
 
 
A great event is breathtaking from the first moment. How can we forget the amazing balloon installation from Desiree and team at Badass Balloons?
Milestone Anniversary Party
 
 
New Orleans is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. Luckily, we had the culinary wizards at Black Pearl Catering to provide an unforgettable food experience.
 
Milestone Anniversary Party
 
Along with food, New Orleans is no stranger to the best cocktails! Our favorite mixologists at Cocktail + Co kept the party going!
 
Milestone Anniversary Party
 
But how will people dance when there is no music? For our entertainment purposes, we had DJ Carmine P Filthy mixing it up and getting people out on the dance floor.
 
Milestone Anniversary Party
 
Last but not least,  Element Rentals really were lifesavers! They dealt with our umpteen calls for more space heaters because of the weather, outside in late January. But hey! At least it didn’t rain! That’s all we could ask for.
 

If you have a vision, we can make your dreams come true! Even if it is not a Milestone Anniversary Party, If you have a special day approaching, Clandestine will make it the most memorable experience of your life!

 
 

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5 Reasons to Celebrate Your Birthday at Jazz Fest https://clandestine-events.com/5-reasons-jazz-fest/ https://clandestine-events.com/5-reasons-jazz-fest/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 02:19:57 +0000 https://clandestine-events.com/?p=9922 Many people try to avoid getting older. However, there’s something about New Orleans that is reminiscent of Never-never land. Here at Clandestine, we believe that every moment should be celebrated and pride ourselves on being one of New Orleans’ best event planners. Recently, we put-together one of the most unforgettable birthday celebrations in the Crescent […]

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Many people try to avoid getting older. However, there’s something about New Orleans that is reminiscent of Never-never land. Here at Clandestine, we believe that every moment should be celebrated and pride ourselves on being one of New Orleans’ best event planners. Recently, we put-together one of the most unforgettable birthday celebrations in the Crescent City, during Jazz Fest 2019.

Need an excuse to host your milestone birthday party at Jazz Fest in New Orlean? We’ve got you covered; here are five.

Private Dinner in New Orleans

Private Dining Experience – New Orleans Jazz Fest

1. There’s no other city that knows how to party like New Orleans.

New Orleans likes to stay up late: often all night – and unlike some cities, there’s not a lot of side eyes if that’s your choice. Since this city is known as the birthplace of jazz and cocktails and hosts Mardi Gras every year: There’s no time for rest (our favorite phrase here at Clandestine is “We’ll sleep when we’re dead”)! 

2. The food & beverage is superlative

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation puts as much time & attention into the food they serve as they do who is performing. As a result, there is a vast offering of foods to sample and enjoy. Our pro tip for newbies: go where the crowds are. There’s a reason why there are 5 line options for that Cochon de Lait poboy. As for our services, we can assist with all your reservations & recommendations. We love to pair our clients with the perfect private chef/caterer/restaurant based on your taste.

Second Line Parade

Second Line Parade

3. You can have your own parade!

Second lines are a part of our daily life in New Orleans, and you don’t have to be dead or famous to get a second line parade. Organizing requires some advance planning, and that’s where we step in!  Some things, like acquiring police escort or a permit from the City of New Orleans, are not optional. Of course, throwing beads or twirling parasols while you dance are optional, but we suggest you should. 

4. The talent here is endless 

From trad jazz to brass band to bounce; from burlesque to circus freak to haunted historian.Since music is the local language any time of the day or night,  when the sun goes down in New Orleans, opportunities to listen and dance to live music and catch cabaret shows are in every nook and cranny. 

A Milestone Birthday Celebration during Jazz Fest

5. New Orleans’ true essence is a rich delicious gumbo of unique creativity.

As such, it is a wonderful backdrop for a birthday celebration that is perfectly designed to suit your vision.

These are just the first five reasons that came to mind. There are plenty of others. If you need tips for your upcoming Jazz Fest trip, check out our recommendations here.

Got a birthday coming up soon? Care to join us?

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Here is our list of consistently reliable favorites day by day…

Atchafalaya for Jazz Brunch – they’re now serving brunch every day except Tuesday (closed on Tuesday); but the best day to go is Sunday. It is a pretty tough reservation to get so book it early. This place has really nailed the experience – the food, the music, the ambiance are all perfect. And their Bloody Mary bar is delicious – try the green tomato juice if they have it. Our favorite dishes are Grits & Grillades, Shrimp & Grits, The Boudreaux, and Cochon Du L’Eggs.

Sunday – Tipitina’s offers 2 recurring activities on every other Sunday that are really pretty neat. The first is something for the kids called the Sunday Youth Music Workshop from 1pm – 3pm. It involves a revolving list of well known artists from New Orleans who come in and play with any kid that shows up with an instrument and a willingness to get on stage. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to come with an instrument – vocal cords and the ability to play the tambourine or triangle. The second option is the Cajun Fais Do-Do, featuring The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, which starts at 5:30 on Sundays and costs $10 at the door. You get to experience cajun/zydeco music and dancing along with a variety of local fans.

Monday – Monday is pretty mellow here in New Orleans, our recommendation is to grab a bicycle for the day and explore the various neighborhoods – particularly the Garden District and the Marigny/Bywater. Head to the Marigny for lunch, where you can visit Bacchanal – a local favorite for it’s laid back courtyard and live music 7 days a week, including during lunch.

Tuesday – Here in New Orleans, Tuesday’s are known on the music scene as the day to see Rebirth. Head Uptown to the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. Get Uptown early enough to wait for a table at Jacques Imos (If you’re a party of 5 or more, you can call for a reservation!). Enjoy some delicious food at this casual spot, not to mention some strong drinks – then you can leisurely saunter over to “The Leaf” to see Rebirth Brass Band at their standing, Tuesday night gig. It’s a must.

Wednesday – In the Spring & Fall, Wednesday night is host to Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square in the Central Business District. It’s a free outdoor concert (weather permitting) that has food booths & a wide variety of drinks. Bring a festival chair and a few of your closest friends or family and enjoy some of our amazingly talented local musicians.

Thursday – Stop by The Ogden Museum for their weekly Ogden After Hours series. They reopen the museum at 5:30 and have live music from 6-8pm along with a local food option and bars on the first floor and the 4th floor. They’ve also got a kids table, with an assortment of arts & craft activities for the kids to choose from. For late night music, swing by Le Bon Temps (or as we like to call it, The Shame Spiral) for The Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Friday – The only place you should make a point to be on Friday is at Galatoire’s for lunch. This is one of those experiences that can only truly happen in New Orleans. Clear your calendar for the entire day, get yourself gussied in your finest duds, and head down to Galatoire’s with your funnest friends. You’ll spend hours drinking, and eating, and laughing, and drinking some more. Finish the afternoon at the Chart Room; a perfect segue after Galatoire’s – bring cash and quarters for the jukebox.

Saturday – Now that you’ve got a raging hangover, make a quick stop at The Remedy Room for an IV drip that is sure to clear out some of the bad toxins in your body. That way you can keep drinking!! Once you’ve visited the Remedy Room, we suggest you make brunch at Elizabeth’s in the Marigny and then get right back to the Quarter. Our favorite early day drinking spot is The Golden Lantern.

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We got to work assisting their promotional team in driving people to RSVP on their website with a secret code; leveraging our e-newsletter, social media presence, and word-of-mouth through a select group of key contacts.

By creating a buzz on a more intimate level, we drew the second largest number of guests among 2,000 attendees on each night (aka 4,000 people total)! Everyone won that night, especially the crowds that partied to underground talent that can only be found in New Orleans (special shout out to Mirrorball for knocking it out of the park)!

The moral of the story? Clandestine can plan your next major event AND bring the masses to you. Just ask

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