Interior view showing a sommelier stocking the wine celler at Antoine's.

Antoine's Restaurant, Wine Cellar; between 1940 and 1949; The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.325.4664

November 2, 2019
Doors: 9 a.m. | Sessions: 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Reception and wine tasting: 12:45–2:30 p.m.
Symposium: Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
Reception and wine tasting: 533 Royal Street
Registration opens Thursday, September 19.
Admission is $60 per person, $50 for THNOC members, students, and teachers
Register now

Join us for the sixth edition of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s culinary symposium series, where we will explore the history of wine drinking in New Orleans. Acclaimed culinary historian and author Jessica Harris will moderate the program, which will follow the history of wine from the late 18th century to the present, to show how New Orleanians have imported, served, and imbibed through the centuries. After the talks, participants are invited to enjoy a light reception and a sampling of wines provided by the Bordeaux Wine Council, which sponsored the event.

Be sure to sign up for the "Uncorked!" wine dinner at Tableau on Sunday, November 3, which will feature a five-course meal of French flavors and wine pairings. Symposium registrants get $15 off their tickets. See the menu.

Make this recipe for wine jelly, and receive a discount on your symposium admission.


Symposium Schedule

9–10 a.m. Sign-in and coffee
10–10:20 a.m.

Welcome remarks
Daniel Hammer, President/CEO, The Historic New Orleans Collection
Jessica B. Harris, moderator

10:20–11 a.m.

"One shouldn't drink spirits at this time of night”: A Brief History of Fortified Wine
Jane Levi, King’s College London

11–11:15 a.m.


11:15–11:45 a.m.

Red, White, Green, Yellow, or Brown; Tippling and the Tasteful Table in Stylish Old New Orleans 
Patrick Dunne, Decorations Lucullus

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Serving Wine: Then and Now
  • Katy Casbarian, Arnaud’s Restaurant
  • Lisa Blount, Antoine’s Restaurant
  • Braithe Tidwell, Brennan’s Restaurant
  • Katherine Lang, Galatoire's Restaurant & Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak
  • Tim McNally, "The Wine Show" on WGSO
12:30–12:45 p.m. Closing remarks
Jessica B. Harris
12:45–2:30 p.m. Reception and wine tasting at THNOC’s Counting House, 533 Royal Street


The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2019 culinary symposium is presented with support from the Bordeaux Wine Council.