Benefits of Cooking Classes: Beyond the Kitchen

Cooking offers a connection to those around us.

The ability to serve up a tasty treat in the kitchen can not only put your grumbling stomach at ease, but also your mind. Cooking involves experimentation, risk and great reward. The delicious meal created in the end is only the icing on the cake (figuratively and possibly literally.) The creative process involved with cooking can also improve your mental health. Recent psychological studies show that cooking may lead to an increase in feelings of happiness and well-being.

All senses – smell, touch, taste, sight, and sound – are put to full use during the act of cooking. The journey can be just as rewarding as the destination. Sizzling garlic, chopping onions, or breaking apart basil leaves can refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Not only are the senses sweetly satisfied, but the variety of possible dishes opens a world of creativity to the chef. If the creativity pays off in a succulent dish, not only are the taste buds given a boost, but also the chef’s confidence in his/her cooking skills.

Looking to add a new flavor to expand the creativity of your dishes? Learning how to cook New Orleans-style at Crescent City Cooks will easily add a few more dishes to your repertoire. It’s hard not to fall in love with the flavoring and spices that accompany those oh-so-delicious Creole dishes. They’re easy to learn and the tastes are impossible to forget.

So if you’re getting sick of the ol’ Lasagna Thursdays, come by to our Thursday class to master chicken & Andouille Gumbo, jambalaya, Bananas Foster, and pralines. Give your senses the night-out they deserve. We’re sure they’ll appreciate it, and your friends and family too!


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.


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.


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 or on Facebook and Twitter @RiverwalkNOLA


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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