Speakeasy Dinner to Celebrate the Prohbition Era

Arnaud’s Restaurant lets the good times roll with its Speakeasy Dinner, Thursday, May 16, beginning at 7 p.m. Legend has it that during the Prohibition Era, Arnaud’s and its patrons dodged enforcement on the ban of alcohol.

“Prohibition was fast on the heels of Arnaud’s opening in 1918,” said Katy Casbarian, co-owner of Arnaud’s. “So, our founder Arnaud Cazenave would serve bootleg liquor in coffee cups. It didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, he was arrested three times for doing so, but never spent a night in jail.”

The beloved event has become a tradition for guests who are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire and gain entry to the dinner only after learning the “secret knock.” Once granted access, guests will nosh on a menu featuring four courses of Creole cuisine, consistent with the food from the era, perfectly paired with a variety of French wines.

The menu will feature:

Hors d’oeuvres

Frog Legs, Steak Tartar and Arnaud’s signature Soufflé Potatoes

Table d‘Hôte

First Course

Crawfish & Mirliton Salad

Château de la Ragotière Muscadet Vieilles Vignes 2011

Second Course

Trout Marguery

Poached Fillet topped with Louisiana Shrimp, Crab Meat and Mushrooms with Sauce Marguery

Jean-Marc Boillot Montagny Premier Cru 2011

Third Course

Filet Perigueux

Filet Mignon topped with Foie Gras Mousse and Sauce Perigueux

Coudoulet de Beaucastle 2010


Classic Napoleon

Parigot & Richard Crémant de Bourgogne

Tickets are $100 per guest, inclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (504) 523-5433. Limited seating is available.

Arnaud’s Restaurant is located at 813 Bienville Street. For reservations and to view the entire menu, visit www.arnaudsrestaurant.com. The restaurant is open from 6 p.m. nightly. Sunday Jazz Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

About Arnaud’s
Located steps off of Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s offers classic Creole Cuisine and exemplary service in beautifully restored turn of the century dining rooms. Since its inception in 1918, Arnaud’s has remained true to its traditions and courtesies.

Offering live Dixieland Jazz in the Jazz Bistro, romantic dinners in the Main Dining Room, cocktails in the award winning French 75 Bar and an assortment of private French Quarter fine dining rooms, Arnaud’s offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience.

Press Release- Deveney Communication