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Meanwhile, Back in Natchez.... with Preserve Louisiana January 27 - 29, 2017

posted Dec 19, 2016, 6:56 PM by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 6:57 PM ]

Preserve Louisiana’s first Cultural & Architectural Tour will travel to Natchez, MS with host, creator and author of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories about Food, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, on January 27 - January 29, 2017.

Sweeney-McDonald, in partnership with Preserve Louisiana, will explore the culture and history of Natchez and neighboring cities.

“These trips are more than a cultural and architectural tour as we will be mingling and dining with local Natchez personalities and hearing their personal and touching stories around their culture and food,” Sweeney McDonald said. “It will truly be a tasty journey of ‘Meanwhile, back in’ Natchez.”

The tour will visit the Rosalie Plantation, Stanton Hall Plantation and downtown Natchez, which includes the Court House and the Thomas H. and John W. Gandy Photograph Collection. Attendees will also enjoy delicious cuisine at the Carriage House by Mississippi Celebrity Chef Bingo Starr; a barbeque lunch at the Pig Out Inn; a tasting tour of the award winning Charboneau Rum Distillery; and dinner at Dunleith Plantation with the Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… show. The tour also includes dinner and wine at the Twin Oaks Plantation, the private home of best-selling cookbook author, Chef Regina Charboneau.

Sweeney- McDonald will emcee the show with notable local foodies, including Chef Charboneau; owner of Darby’s Famous Fudge, Darby Ward Short; editor of Country Roads Magazine, James Fox-Smith; and Dunleith’s popular mixologist Mark Brockway.

 Director of Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, Lynn Beach Smith, will also be in attendance.

“Natchez hosts groups from all over the world, but we are so excited to host Preserve Louisiana,” Smith exclaimed. “We will make this trip a culinary, historical, and cultural experience not to be missed.”

Preserve Louisiana’s Cultural & Historical Tour includes transportation, a two-night stay at the Grand Hotel set on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, meals, tours, and the Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… show.

For more information and booking, please call Peggy Sweeney-McDonald at (310) 709-2851 or

Preserve Louisiana is Baton Rouge’s premiere historic preservation organization committed to the safeguarding of our state’s cultural and architectural heritage for generations to come. The Foundation, a member-based group, also provides technical preservation assistance on a fee for service basis.  For more information: