Creole Fine Home Dining

Specializing in intimate gourmet fine home dining. Chef Shawanda Marie  combines thoughtfully prepared Creole menus with warm personal service to provide an exclusive private dining experience at your table. Ideal  for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, a special date night in, or just because.

New Orleans Creole Cooking Party

Do you love New Orleans and its food? Are you looking for a unique and entertaining birthday celebration? How about an exciting corporate team event? New Orleans Creole Story Pot is the experience you've been looking for. In true NOLA fashion, we invite you to break out the music, wine and dance for an unforgettably festive soiree! New Orleans native, Shawanda Marie will bring the party to your venue and guide your group in the preparation of an authentic creole dish. You'll leave the party knowing how to cook your dish like a native of the Cresent City. Let's eat!

Chef Shawanda will consult with the event's host prior to the Creole Cooking Party and develop a lesson based on specific selections tailored to your palette. Whether your party guests consist of beginners or experienced cooks, your dish is guaranteed to be delicious, exquisite and memorable.

Full kitchen facilities and utensils are required for this experience. Chef Shawanda travels within Southwest Virginia's New River and Roanoke Valleys, some additional travel fees may apply.  Live outside the state of Virginia and would like to host a Creole Cooking experience? No problem! The chef will come to you--let's talk and plan it! Typically a Creole Cooking Party will last approximately 3 - 4 hours depending on the meal being prepared. Can accommodate from two to ten guests.

Shawanda's Creole Kitchen

An authentic dining experience at the chef's table! Be an exclusive guest of Chef Shawanda Marie for an intimate Creole brunch or dinner with interesting new friends or a small group of old friends for private dining. The menu is chef's choice!  Learn about the traditions and colorful history of your meal. These dining experiences are by invitation only. Creole food lovers may reserve a seat at the chef's table by contacting  Shawanda Marie and requesting to be added to the guest list. An invitation will be sent to you with additional dining  details once your table is open.  Following confirmation, your reservation will be set! 

​​Private Creole Cooking Class 

Want to learn the secret of making a lovely roux? Invite Chef Shawanda to your home for a fun, interactive experience to become skilled in the art of creole cooking like a New Orleans native--right in your own kitchen! Discover the rich history of the dish and how to pair it with other traditional creole delicacies for even more authenticity. Chef will guide you step-by-step to create a beautiful meal you'll be proud to share with your family and friends! Gift certificates are available.

*Pricing is quoted by event. Service includes menu and event planning process, shopping, foraging and food costs, and menu preparation. Pricing varies by market changes, menu selections, quantities and numbers of guests, and service and time required per event.

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