Get To Know the Owner: Nita Duhe!

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To say that Nita Duhe lives and breathes New Orleans would be an understatement. Nita exudes what it means to be a New Orleanian by sharing her passion for local food, music, and culture with everyone she meets. The one way she educates and inspires people on the unique and beautiful charm of New Orleans is through what she does best: cooking.

Having grown up in New Orleans all of her life, and stemming from a long line of Louisiana ancestry, Nita shows no other place to call home. “Being from Nola means good food, good music and good times. That’s what we are all about here and that is soaked up in me and that is what exudes from my soul,” says Nita. Her grandmother was a large influence on her love for New Orleans, taking her to eat at Camellia Grill, grabbing beignets at Café Du Monde, or feeing pigeons in Jackson Square.

Nita started The Crescent City Cooking School a few years after Hurricane Katrina with the encouragement of her friends and family. She admits that she never had the opportunity to be classically trained in cooking like many local “celebrity chefs”, but her experience cooking with her family has given her enough to last a lifetime. “I was classically trained on the streets on Nola, where just about everyone is friendly and loves to talk about food, music and fun,” says Nita.

While her friends wonder how she manages to still provide great meals for her family with such a busy schedule, Nita states it’s because cooking is her passion and a big priority for her and her family. “After Katrina, when everything and everybody was just hanging on, I realized life is too short and I want to do what I love and I love to cook.”

Come visit Nita and soak up her knowledge and experience at one of her very own cooking classes – Or just stop by the shop to say hi and check out the shop! http://www.crescentcitycooks.com/classes.asp

Riverwalk MarketPlace, the home of our New Orleans’ Cooking School, Crescent City Cooks!

Today we are going to talk about where Crescent City Cooks is located: Riverwalk MarketPlace.

History:

Riverwalk Marketplace is a mall located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is connected to the adjacent Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. We have a perfect view of the Mississippi River waterfront that stretches from the base of Canal Street upriver to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The mall is well located and provides customers with something to look at!

This three-block-long shopping center contains several retail chains, local specialty shops and a food court. Plaques along the river walkway relate bits of the Mississippi River‘s history and folklore. Various cruise ships leave from the Julia Street Wharf slightly upriver; you can often see them from the front of the Riverwalk. (And my cooking studio!)

This area along the riverfront was always used for shipping. By the start of the 1980s, increased use of containers in shipping made some of the older riverfront wharfs less useful, so the Poydras Street Wharf and the Julia Street Wharf were demolished, and the land was used as part of the 1984 World’s Fair. After the fair, this area was redeveloped into the “Riverwalk,”an upscale mall intended to attract both tourists and locals.

The Riverwalk closed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 due to extensive wind and looting damage. It reopened in early December of that year in hopes that Christmas Season shopping would jump-start the area’s recovery. Only a small number of shops were able to open at first. Additional businesses have gradually been reopening since.

Riverwalk is home to more than 100 retail stores like our culinary boutique and cooking school Crescent City Cooks, eateries and attractions including the brand new Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

Info:

Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans on the Mississippi River.
500 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130.

You can find the Riverwalk MarketPlace website http://www.riverwalkmarketplace.com or on Facebook and Twitter @RiverwalkNOLA

Directions:

Riverwalk is located on the downtown New Orleans riverfront at the foot of Canal, Poydras and Julia Streets, between the Convention Center and the Aquarium, adjacent to the Hilton Hotel. Take I-10 East or West to the Poydras Street exit and follow Poydras to the river. Or take Highway 90 to the Camp Street exit and Camp Street to Poydras. A right onto Poydras Street will bring you to Riverwalk’s entrance.

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