Cooking Demonstration by Toni Norman Haynes

Thursday, June 16, 2011

at

The Caldwell House

105 East Vermilion Street

Abbeville, Louisiana

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

$60 per person

Registration by phone  – 337-909-0050

Email registration:  events@thecaldwell.com

 

The Caldwell House in Abbeville, La. is proud to welcome cookbook author, cooking instructor and chef, Toni Norman Haynes to demonstrate her cooking skills at The Caldwell House. Chef Toni is a fourth generation Abbeville native.

Chef Toni Haynes has over 35 years experience in the culinary arts field.  She has been the owner and operator of her own catering company, serving high-end functions in 4 different states.  Since 1976, she has devoted some of her time to passing her culinary knowledge on through teaching and has taught cooking classes in Florida, Connecticut, Denver, Long Island and Wisconsin.  Regularly, for the past 7 years she has been an instructor at the renouned Food and Wine magazine’s annual Culinary Festival.  She is also the author of two cookbooks that feature her favorite recipes from her catering years.  You can look forward to having this seasoned chef as your Culinary Guide!

Guests will taste her culinary creations as she demonstrates how to make them, and enjoy a delightful evening of food and fun.

Soft drinks and water are included.

Call Mae at 337-909-0050 now to reserve your space.

Limited space available.

Watch for more cooking demonstrations by other chefs from Acadiana.

For directions or more information to The Caldwell House, click here.

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Cooking Demonstration by Chef Carlos Russo

Thursday, April 28, 2011

at

The Caldwell House

105 East Vermilion Street

Abbeville, Louisiana

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

$60 per person

Registration by phone  – 337-909-0050

Email registration:  events@thecaldwell.com

 

The Caldwell House in Abbeville, La. is proud to welcome Chef Carlos Russo of the Accidental Chef Cooking School in Lafayette, La. to demonstrate his cooking skills at The Caldwell House.  Chef Carlos will demonstrate how to make Chicken Cacciatore and other delicious dishes.  Guests will taste his culinary creations as they enjoy a delightful evening of food and fun.

Soft drinks and water are included.  Wine sold by the glass.

Call Mae at 337-909-0090 now to reserve your space.

Limited space available.

Watch for more cooking demonstrations by other chefs from Acadiana.

For directions or more information to The Caldwell House, click here.

Bed and Breakfast or Hotel?

While hotels may be the best choice for business travelers because of the predictability of the rooms and amenities offered, a bed & breakfast may offer a unique and personalized environment for guests.  This alone makes a bed & breakfast a good choice for family vacations.  Hotels generally offer a sterile environment, while a bed & breakfast provides a more intimate atmosphere.

In a hotel, the only staff person you may come into contact with is the person who checks you in.  After that, you are just a number – “guests in Room 203”.  No one knows your name – no one cares to know you.  For bed & breakfast owners, however, their number one priority is taking care of their guests and getting to know them.  They realize that the experience they provide at their B&B is what will make guests want to return again and again.  Many B&B’s are family-owned and offer personalized service, available only in upscale hotels.

Unlike chain hotels, each and every bed & breakfast is unique in many respects.  In the same town, on the same street, each bed & breakfast will have a personality of its own.  They are unique depending on the location as well as the  personality of the innkeeper or owner. They are often located in historic homes, near landmarks or museums.  Getting to know the owner or innkeeper is an important part of the B&B experience and, oftentimes, this is what keeps guests coming again and again.

The many advantages of staying in a B&B include a friendly atmosphere in a home-type environment.  Most B&B’s offer guests a quiet parlor for enjoying conversation and front porches with rockers or swings for reading and relaxing.  Typical amenities offered by a B&B for no additional charge (unlike most hotels) are free wireless internet, free drinks and snacks, freshly baked items, luxury bathrobes, etc.

Breakfast is one of the most delightful experiences for choosing a bed & breakfast over a hotel.  A hotel may offer a large breakfast buffet, but these foods will normally be relatively the same from one hotel to another; the main difference will be in the amount of selection guests have.  Additionally, the cost of a hotel breakfast is usually not included in the price of the room.  Breakfast is included with the room rental of a bed & breakfast and it is a very important part of the experience – after all, it is half the name!  In a bed & breakfast, food is usually served plated, and in a leisurely and relaxed manner.  Guests can meet other guests and, oftentimes, breakfast can last an hour or more as guests share their experiences and get to know each other.

If you’re celebrating an important event, a bed & breakfast is the perfect choice.  Many innkeepers of  bed & breakfasts offer personalized service to help create a memorable experience for a guest.  Some bed & breakfasts offer “packages” which allow guests to add special items to their room rentals, such as cheese platters and chocolate-covered strawberries, gift certificates to a restaurant, flowers, etc.  Most innkeepers are happy to go out of their way to create these packages for guests.  Innkeepers know it is in helping to create these special events that assure guests a memorable experience that may make them want to return again and again.

Room rates vary significantly depending on the style of the bed & breakfast, the location, and the size of the B&B.  To find a bed & breakfast in an area where you intend to visit, you can go online and research bed & breakfasts, and oftentimes states have associations of bed & breakfasts listed with descriptions, pictures and rates.  Local chambers of commerce and tourist centers can also give you this information.

Try staying in a bed & breakfast on your next vacation, and you may discover it can be your “home away from home”.

The Caldwell House Difference

As the types and styles of bed and breakfasts vary greatly, so too do the services and amenities they provide.  These services and amenities, along with treatment of guests, are crucial in how a guest will feel about a particular B&B and, oftentimes, what they will write in a review of the property once they leave.  The Caldwell House is proud to have a 5-star rating, which is the highest in the industry, in over 60 reviews on TripAdvisor.com, BedandBreakfast.com, and other websites which promote rental of properties.

There are many things which set The Caldwell House apart from its competition, not only local completion, but competition from all over the area and state.  The absolute beauty and luxury of the home contributes to the satisfaction of any guest arriving for the first time.  They are welcomed by our staff in a friendly and casual manner, and often they are given a short tour of the home before taking them to their room.  Once in the room, they are shown the features of the room which will make them comfortable throughout their stay, such as large-screen TV, luxury robes and bath products, and extremely comfortable beds.  The Caldwell House also has free wireless internet all throughout the house and even on the porches.  For those who need recommendations on restaurants or place to visit, The Caldwell House staff is pleased to offer this assistance.

For those who order packages in addition to their room rentals, The Caldwell staff is very attentive to their needs.  If the guest ordered a cheese platter for their room upon arrival, we make sure the cheeses are there when they are taken to their room.  If they order chocolate-covered strawberries, we make sure that while the guests are at dinner, it is put in their room for when they return.  If flowers are ordered, again, they are put in the room at the proper time.

Breakfasts at The Caldwell House are always a delight.  The food is gourmet-quality and is served on our fine gold-banded china with gold chargers.  Goldware is set out along with crystal juice and water glasses.  Fruit is served in champagne coupe glasses and topped with various whipped toppings.

We cater to each and every guest and do all we can to make sure that their stay is a pleasant one.  That’s why our motto is:  Affordable Excellence…..Extravagant Value!

Baked Eggs Evangeline

Ingredients:

2 eggs per person
1 tablespoon grated cheese
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Cajun Seasoning
Paprika
Parsley flakes
½ slice of cooked crumbled bacon per egg

Spray small muffin tin with non-stick spray.  Scramble egg slightly and put in muffin tin, one egg per cup.  Sprinkle cooked crumbled bacon over egg.  Add Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning.  Top with grated cheese, and then sprinkle lightly with paprika and parsley flakes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until center is not runny.

Serve hot with Hollandaise sauce on top, sprinkled with paprika or parsley for garnishing.

My Kind of B and B

Review of The Caldwell House posted on bedandbreakfast.com

The Caldwell has a five star rating and it is well deserved. Our stay there, two nights, was most enjoyable and we will go there again at first opportunity. The house is quiet, extremely well kept, and the staff very congenial and conscientious. It is located only two blocks from town center, yet no traffic noise. Parking is ample, private and close to entry. Food is outstanding and superbly served. Couldn’t ask for more – and the price is very reasonable.