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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
 August 2010Fountain
Houmas House Plantation Offers an Unpretending and Elegant Affair
Sunday in the park 
At the turn of the 19th Century, picnics were becoming increasingly popular affairs.  Romantic sensibility influenced the trend of eating out of doors as a way to commune with nature.  Unlike picnics we are familiar with today, in the 19th Century they were quite an elaborate event. In Jane Austen's Emma she writes about the picnic at Box Hill:
 "Emma had never been to Box Hill; she wished to see what every body found so well worth seeing, and she and Mr. Weston had agreed to chuse some fine morning and drive thither.  Two or three more of the chosen only were to be admitted to join them, and it was to be done in a quiet, unpretending, elegant way, infinitely superior to the bustle and preparation, the regular eating and drinking, and picnic parade of the Eltons and the Sucklings."
You are invited to be of the "two or three of the chosen" by joining us at Box Hill in the Gardens of Houmas House.  Our quiet, unpretending, elegant and definitely superior picnic will feature delectables by acclaimed Latil's Landing Chef, Jeremy Langlois, tours of the plantation home and gardens, fountains, and follies that are a modern day rival to the long-lost gardens of Valcour Aime.
Date:  SUNDAY, October 24, 2010
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Attire:  Period dress encouraged, not required
Make Reservations:  Call 225.473.9380 before October 16
Secrets from Latil's Landing
Red Velvet Cheese Cake 
1 1/2  cups  chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/4  cup  butter, melted
1  tablespoon  granulated sugar
3  (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 1/2  cups  granulated sugar
4  large eggs, lightly beaten
3  tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa
1  cup  sour cream
1/2  cup  whole buttermilk
2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
1  teaspoon  distilled white vinegar
2  (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring

1  (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4  cup  butter, softened
2  cups  powdered sugar
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.
Bake at 325 for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.
Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan.
 Dine Like a Sugar Baron 
Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 1880's?  Imagine the lavish table settings, the carefully selected menu, and the elegant dining room.  Now visualize yourself sitting there reliving the past.
Houmas House presents the Sugar Baron's Dinner Package, available now.  This special package offers dinner for ten to twenty in the formal dining room at Houmas House Plantation.  Your experience will start with a private tour of the gardens and mansion with complimentary cocktails.  A carefully planned, seven course dinner will be prepared by our award winning Chef, Jeremy Langlois.   This is an experience to share with your best clients, to celebrate a special event, or to impress your friends.  To make a reservation, call 225-473-9380.

 To View a Sample Sugar Baron Menu, Click Here

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Monday, Tuesday 9 AM- 5 PM
Wednesday- Sunday 9 AM-7 PM 
Cafe' Burnside: 11 AM- 2 PM daily
Latil's Landing: Wednesday through Saturday 6 PM- 9 PM,
Sunday Brunch 2 PM- 8 PM; Reservations Required
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