February 2014 

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens


 Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.


Valentine's Day is only a week away! Last year consumers spent $18.6 billion dollars on Valentine paraphernalia. That's billions of dollars in flowers, candy and cards that will ultimately be thrown away or quickly consumed and forgotten.  There's a better way to spend your money for Valentine's Day this year. Why not celebrate with a memorable experience that will last for years to come?


With the addition of our new Inn at Houmas House, a romantic evening doesn't have to end after champagne and delectable desserts at Latil's Landing.  We invite you to spice it up with a stay in a luxurious room just walking distance from the historic mansion.  Our new Inn boasts lavish rooms with old world furnishings, spa-like bathrooms, private porches, and incredible views of the surrounding gardens.  This year could mark the best Valentine's Day ever! 


Dinner reservations can be made by calling 225-473-9380.


Our Special Menu Can Be Viewed Here


You May Book Your Room Here



Spreading the Love  

As Seen by Princess Grace


In all my years of being the Princess of the Sugar Palace,  I have seen many expressions of love throughout the mansion and gardens. From proposals to weddings to anniversary parties, each one reminds me how wonderful it is to be in love. 


I remember my wedding day so well.  It was quite a grand affair.  I hosted two thousand guests, media from across the country, and close friends and family from New Orleans. Getting married at Houmas House was positively the most magical moment of my life.

This Valentine's Day I will miss my late husband, King Sam, more than ever.    But I will relive my favorite day with each wedding I watch from my private royal chambers.  


In honor of our wedding, we'll have a special Valentine's Day menu just for you.  I would recommend making reservations soon.  So many couples spend the most romantic time of year with us.  I can't blame them.  I did.


How will you celebrate Valentine's Day this year? I want to hear your story. 




Princess Grace


Love At Houmas House
LOVE, By Judy Davis



In light of the season of LOVE, our singing tour guide, Judy Davis, helps you "get in the mood" for the most romantic holiday of the year.  Enjoy!




Signature Entrees from Latil's Landing Restaurant
Red Velvet Bread Pudding
  Serves 12

Red Velvet Cake:

2 cups sugar

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

2 eggs

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 ounces red food coloring

2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon vinegar


Bread Pudding Mix:

3 cups half-and-half

3 large eggs

1 large egg yolk

Pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9 by 13 by 2-inch sheet pan.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla.


In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Pour batter into the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool completely. When the cake is cooled, cut into 1-inch cubes.


Place cubes onto 11 by 17-inch cookie sheet. Place in oven for 10 minutes.


Bread Pudding Mix:

Combine the half-and-half, eggs, egg yolk, salt, and vanilla in a medium bowl. With an electric hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the half-and-half mixture.

Place the red velvet cubes in a large baking dish or 8 individual ramekins. Add the pudding mixture to the dish. Make sure the cake cubes are completely covered. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the pudding is set.




Upcoming Event
February 13 and 14:  
The Los Angeles designer Magid Bernard is bringing a trunk show to Houmas House!
The MAGID BERNARD label is known for its exquisite European fabrics and hand-craftsmanship as well as its modern interpretation of classic feminine beauty. Central to the collection are clean, fluid designs that allow Magid and Michele to focus on the way clothing relates to a woman's body. Timeless pieces such as their signature French lace unlined jackets, exquisite open jackets embroidered in Barcelona, and their astonishingly engineered bias cut dresses are favorites among an international clientele that includes political figures, business leaders, celebrities, and social doyennes.
Chef Langlois Chosen for James Beard Event
Chef Jeremy Langlois  
The James Beard Foundation promotes the continued education, creativity, and culture of food enthusiasts.  It holds events and dinners monthly, highlighting the most acclaimed chefs throughout the nation. In February 2014, our very own Chef Jeremy Langlois will travel to New York and have the distinguished honor of sharing our South Louisiana culture and cuisine.  We are delighted he has been chosen and look forward to sharing more details with you in the upcoming months. Stay tuned! And Congratulations, Jeremy! 
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Sunday-Saturday: 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

The Carriage House Restaurant:

    Breakfast- 8 am-10 am

    Afternoon Tea- 2 pm- 4:30 pm

    Dinner- 5 pm- 9 pm


 Directions to Houmas House Here


** Please note- as of September 1st our adult ticket price to tour the mansion and gardens will be $24.00 per adult. Our child rate will remain the same.