Today, NEW ORLEANS – the Crescent City – shaped by the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain and “reclaimed” from the swamp, gives one the sense of lazy summer days with the sounds of jazz and the aroma of fine food in the air. With a multi-nation history and blended culture, the city is unique in all the U.S. The culture and creativity of the city come to life in the neighborhoods. From the historic French Quarter to the elegant Garden District to the music-filled Marigny, you’ll find great food, music, architecture and activities to be enjoyed. It is such a varied mix of experiences that you’ll soon learn to appreciate the longtime lure of this truly fascinating city.
Time in New Orleans isn’t kept in hours or days, but in meals. When dining in New Orleans, your culinary adventure will span a wide array of cuisines. From Cajun and Creole to Soul and Contemporary French, award-winning chefs create food for your taste buds and nourishment for your soul. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America’s Top 5 Restaurant cities. Start the day with a beignet drenched in powdered sugar and a steaming café au lait. Chow down on a fried shrimp po’boy or mountainous muffaletta for lunch. And end your day with gumbo, Shrimp Creole, and flaming Bananas Foster.
New Orleans cuisine isn’t the only thing spicing up the city. Music is where New Orleans’ first settlers found common ground, and no other city loves music more. Jazz, America’s only original art form, was born here, while Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the rich melting pot of their heritage.
Countless architectural gems await you in New Orleans. In fact, the city is home to more National Historic Landmarks than any other city in the United States. Venture to the Arts District, a vibrant community of galleries, and experience why it has been called the SoHo of the South. Then visit one of the oldest and most diverse districts in New Orleans, Magazine Street, an area filled with art exhibits, restaurants, shops and more. Finally, submerge yourself in the historic French Quarter by strolling down Royal and other famous French Quarter streets.
The 2017 IEEE NSREC welcomes you to New Orleans and to coin its now-famous phrase, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” . . . or “Let the good times roll!”