We invite you to experience early 19th-century urban cooking in the ONLY working open-hearth kitchen in New Orleans.

For nearly a century, meals were prepared for the Hermanns, the Grimas, their guests, enslaved workers, and hired domestics within the kitchen at 820 St. Louis Street. The open-air room contains a hearth, a baking oven, and potager (an early version of a stove range). Creole dishes were created by enslaved women using local game, seafood, and produce that were purchased from the municipal markets.

From November through April, volunteer culinary experts prepare seasonal dishes on select Thursdays (see calendar) using traditional recipes and techniques of the 19th century. Group tours may schedule open-hearth cooking demonstrations by appointment.