• Positively French Through and Through

     
    POSTED November 10, 2022
     
  • Positively French Through and Through

     
    POSTED November 10, 2022
     
  • Positively French Through and Through

     
    POSTED November 10, 2022
     
  • Positively French Through and Through

     
    POSTED November 10, 2022
     

Sitting at the corner of Chartres Street and St. Louis Street, the Napoleon House exudes and exhibits French history in a way that “suspends you in time,” says Executive Chef Chris Montero. The historic building’s first occupant was New Orleans Mayor Nicholas Girod from 1812 to 1815, notably offering refuge to Napoleon Bonaparte, from whom the building gets its name, during his exile. Though he never arrived, the name stuck. 

The Impastato family later took ownership of the house in 1914, honoring its history by maintaining the original walls, uneven tile floors, and weathered wooden bar. Come 2015, Ralph Brennan purchased the house and has been overseeing its continuance since. 

Over the many years, the Napoleon House has played host to numerous films, artists, photographers, painters, and classical musicians—the latter of which is remnant of past classical masters throughout Europe and France.

“The European oasis feels like a quintessential corner pied-à-terre and bistro in Paris,” says Montero, noting the building’s large, French colonial townhouse design with a hipped roof, dormers, segmental pediments, an octagonal cupola with views of the Mississippi River, shallow balconies, and elliptical windows. With so much history to explore, the Napoleon House offers a one-of-a-kind haven for meetings and events. 

Three rooms, a courtyard, and the building’s restaurant are all available for event rental and buyouts. The Rosa Room can seat 30, or host 40 reception style. The Pietro Room can accommodate 70 seated and up to 135 guests reception style. The Emperor Room can seat 30 comfortably, or 40-45 reception style. Outside in the classic New Orleans-style courtyard, 70 guests can be seated for events, and the restaurant can host up to 250. Catering and dining services, along with a Sonos sound system, are also available for any event. 

The Napoleon House “… exudes European charm that begets a memorable eating and drinking experience,” says Montero, and has plenty of options for guests to connect with the rich French history in the ever-bustling New Orleans French Quarter. 

We’re well past the halfway mark when it comes to business travel returning to pre-pandemic levels and the recovery will continue to gain strength in 2023. Those are the findings from a recent survey by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), a leading organization serving the business travel industry. 

 

The numbers are in for the 11th edition of IMEX America held Oct. 10-13 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. While last year’s show was a reunion of sorts for the meetings and events industry, this year it was a business-fueled gathering. 

About 12,000 people participated in IMEX America, including over 4,000 buyers. The 2022 show was 45% bigger than last year, due to an easing of travel restrictions along with 40% of returning exhibitors signing up for more booth space. 

 

It’s been six years since SearchWide Global partnered with Destinations International and the International Association of Venue Managers to create a 600-hour apprenticeship program that would seed a pipeline of diverse talent for the tourism and events industry. With today’s shortage of workers and increasing emphasis on diversity and inclusion, the effort is more relevant than ever.