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A private party at Muriel's offers a provocative sensory experience that exceeds the thrill of traditional dining. Guests will be immersed in a world of refinement and revelry that reflects the rich historical, cultural, and culinary character of the Crescent City.
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Have you ever noticed the floating door in our Cathedral Room? The people we purchased this architectural gem from claimed that it was salvaged from the Louisiana governor's mansion. And to make the story even more interesting, it was purportedly in the mansion when one of the Long's was in office. If doors could talk...
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After Jean Baptiste Destrehan's stint as owner of building, the wealthiest man in Louisiana purchased our property as a city home. Pierre Phillippe de Marigny owned a plantation home where Elysian Fields meets the river in addition to a large tract of land now known as the Marigny neighborhood. Pierre Phillippe de Marigny married Jeanne Destrehan who was the sister of Jean Baptiste Destrehan. Pierre Phillippe de Marigny was baptized and buried in the Saint Louis Cathedral.
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As we continue telling the history of our building we move to the mid 1700's when Jean Baptiste Destrehan purchased the property from Claude Trepagnier. Destrehan was the Colonial Treasurer of France. He tore down the cottage that Trepagnier had built and in its place erected a New Orleans home that was so grand it was second only to the governor's mansion. At the time the governor's residence was located next door where the Presbytere is now located. The town of Destrehan as well as the famous Destrehan Plantation are both named after Jean Baptiste Destrehan.
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Tonight we begin our Lenten history promotion with some amazing historical facts about the property on which our building is located: This plot of land was once owned by Claude Trepagnier who came to the New World with Iberville and Bienville on the Renommee. Trepagnier helped to establish forts along the Mississippi River and Mobile which became the first Capitol of the Louisiana Territory. After living in Mobile, Claude and the family moved in 1719 to New Orleans where he had a trading post. His family home was located on the corner of Charters and St. Ann St. (our location). As a resident of New Orleans, Trepagnier assisted his friend Bienville with trade and exchanging food with the Indians around the city. Claude Trepagnier died in 1724 and his estate, which included our corner of the city, was valued at 27,104 livres.
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“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ― Mark Twain
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May the sun shine all day long,
Everything go right and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
And may all the wishes you wish come true!
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Mardi Gras is well behind us and Lent and crawfish season are here. As part of our Lenten promotion we take time to reflect on many of the characters and historic stories that have made, and continue to make, our city and restaurant interesting. Did you know that Pierre Philippe de Marigny as well as Julien Poydras and Jean Baptiste Destrehan were all once deed holders to this very property? And even more relevant to today, have you heard that crawfish are back on our menu? We have tales to tell as well as tails to pinch. We look forward to sharing our rich history and seasonal bounty with you.
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With the end of Mardi Gras comes the beginning of Lent and this means meatless Fridays for many New Orleans Catholics. Fret not, there is solace: "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it."
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Mardi Gras 2017 is in the books. This is our final album from today. Happy Mardi Gras!
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2/28/17
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