Houmas House 




May 2013 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


Secrets from Latil's Landing

Red Snapper with Mushroom Ragout and Pinot Noir Butter Sauce


Yields 4

 Red Snapper

For Red Snapper

� cup olive oil

4 fillets of red snapper cut into 7oz. portions



� cup chopped fresh basil


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season sea fish with salt, pepper, and basil. Then, place the snapper in the skillet for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.   Set fish atop wild mushroom ragout, and drizzle with Pinot Noir Butter Sauce



For Wild Mushroom Ragout

2 tbs. butter

1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms

1 cup sliced oyster mushrooms

1 cup sliced baby portabella mushrooms

2 Cloves sliced Garlic

Salt to taste



Melt butter in a saut� pan over high heat. Add Shitake, oyster, baby portabella mushrooms and garlic and saut� for 5 minutes. Season to taste with Salt and pepper.


Pinot Noir Butter Sauce

1 cup Pinot Noir

1 cup heavy whipping cream

� lb. whole butter sliced

Salt to taste

White pepper to taste


Bring Pinot Noir and heavy whipping cream to a swimmer in a small sauce pan and reduce until it is a sauce like consistency or thick enough to coat a spoon. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in butter one slice at a time until all butter is incorporated. Season sauce to taste with salt and white pepper.


Mother's Day at Houmas House
Mother's Day is just around the corner and we have prepared another amazing menu for our Annual Mother's Day Buffet.  It's not too late to make a reservation!
Serving hours are 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM, $55 per adult, $25 per child. Seating is limited, call us at 225-473-9380. 


If  These Walls Could Speak
If you've taken the mansion tour at Houmas House you were probably overwhelmed by the vast amount of antique artwork, furniture, figurines, and china. It would be impossible for our guides to tell you about every single item in each room. 
The walls in this home have seen over 200 years of family dinners, political debates, birth, death, marriage, war, natural disasters, and the rise and fall of an empire.
Featured here is the original china to Houmas House.

The Houmas China, produced by Edouard Honore, was made for The Houmas in the 1830's. The set was extensive and included the Garniture Set along with dinner service for 24 people. Dinner Service included Large Dinner Plates, Fish Plates, Salad Plates, Dessert Plates, Soup Bowls, Fruit Bowls, Coffee cups & Saucers, Custard Cups, along with dozens of serving pieces, including soup tureens, vegetable tureens, gravy boats, berry dishes, pitchers, decanters, and much more.

The Houmas China was passed to John Burnside when he purchased "Houmas" from the Hamptons. Oliver Beirne inherited the Estate and china after the Death of John Burnside. The Miles Family inherited the china service and used it at Houmas until they moved to New Orleans in 1940.  


Today this china can be seen in the dining room of the mansion.

Ten Reasons to Celebrate at Houmas House
As seen by Princess Grace
We recently had a ghost whisperer visit Houmas House. She reported seeing the same little girl many of our guests have seen over the last 10 years.  She recounted their conversation and stated the little girl, May Preston, told her May 20th is her birthday and she would like birthday cake for the guests visiting Houmas House. This comes at the exact time we're celebrating our 10 year anniversary under the ownership of Kevin Kelly.  So, we thought it appropriate to celebrate all month long!  Here's the top ten reasons we are excited about May:
Grace with her cake
1. It's my birthday!
2. The Spring gardens are in full bloom.
3. Cafe Burnside has a new lunch special everyday.
4. It's Sugar Baby's birthday!
5. The Turtle Bar is open EVERY day.
6. The little girl ghost of Houmas House was born in May.
7.  Mother's Day Brunch.
8. The Inn at Houmas House will be completed soon.
9. We'll give cake to every person to visit for the whole month.
10. May 28 is the 10th anniversary under the ownership of Kevin Kelly!
I think these are all reasons May is a great month to visit my Sugar Palace. Which reason is your favorite? 


Princess Grace

Grace and Sugar with cake
Birthday Girls: Sugar Baby, 6; Princess Grace, 12; May Preston, 163
Celebrating 10 years
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Chef Jeremy Langlois Houmas House Cuisine Goes to Alaska
What could be more magical than an Alaskan cruise?  How about an Alaskan cruise with Celebrity Chef Jeremy Langlois, featuring his Creole fusion cuisine from Latil's Landing at Houmas House Plantation?

Sun poking through trees

Open  Daily     

Monday-Tuesday: 9 am-5 pm

Wednesday-Sunday: 9 am-7 pm

Cafe Burnside: 11 am-2 pm daily

Latil's Landing: Wed-Sat 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday Brunch: 11 am-3 pm


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