Krewe de Caldwell Mardi Gras Ball 2011

Another successful event at The Caldwell House took place on Saturday, February 26, 2011 when the Krewe de Caldwell Mardi Gras Ball was held.  Guests arrived in formal attire and as they entered The Caldwell, their pictures were taken by Shane Falgout of Studio 2640, with the backdrop being the fireplace in the Evangeline Master Suite.  (pictures in this article were taken by Shane Falgout)

In the parlor, the Mardi Gras tree, beautifully decorated by Carolyn Sagrera of The Caldwell staff, was quite an attraction.  In fact the entire downstairs of the home was tastefully decorated with Mardi Gras beads and ornaments, primarily the banisters on the stairs, all the fireplace mantles, and the table arrangements.

When guests entered the West Garden Pavilion, the site was magical.  Tables were draped in royal purple, with flickering candle lights and beads.  This was the first time the newly constructed pavilion was used for an event and it was the place to be.  Neil Trahan, DJ, provided the music, and the guests danced for hours in the main area of the pavilion to Mardi Gras and various types of music.  A “second line” procession was formed to the tune of Mardi Gras Mambo and guests, twirling white tissue in the air, paraded in a line throughout the downstairs of The Caldwell and around the pavilion, ending with everyone finishing the dance in the main pavilion area.

A delicious dinner was provided by Don’s Custom Catering (brisket, rice dressing, sweet potato casserole and more).  Yum!

Trent Roy with Marcello’s catered the cash bar, which was set up on the porch and was the most popular spot, particularly because of the chocolate martini’s and cosmopolitans!

It was a fun night for all guests and the staff of The Caldwell House.  Everyone is looking forward to next year’s Second Annual Krewe de Caldwell Mardi Gras Ball on February 11, 2012.  Save the date!


The Caldwell House Class Reunion

Many of you have been to class reunions over the years.  If you have been to several reunions, perhaps for yourself or as a guest of a class member, ask youself this:  Can you remember where they were held?  Or do you just remember that the room was large and full of people.  Most likely in that room was the food, the DJ or band, the dance floor, and perhaps a bar setup.  Do you remember anything special about that location?  Probably not.

If the class reunion had been held at The Caldwell House, it would be a reunion you would never forget!  The Caldwell’s interior offers the gracious design elements that distinguish this home from ordinary banquet halls. Your event would have an ever-changing ambiance as guests move through its varied spaces throughout the evening.

Guests would mingle under 14-foot high pressed tin ceilings. Intimate conversation would find a home in the comfortable parlor. Delicious, elegantly-served dinner buffets or hor d’oeurves would be set out in the large dining room, while guests roam to the study for a drink at the magnificent brass and wood bar.

Upon exiting the home from the side porch, guests would be amazed at the magical scene before them – a garden pavilion, lush with landscaping throughout, a domed brick circle, elegant tables with flickering candles, and a large dance floor to dance the night away.  So many beautiful spaces to enjoy – so many photo opportunities!

If you’ve ever attended a class reunion where you had to help decorate, serve guests, and endure the dreaded clean-up, you would appreciate The Caldwell House.  Our staff handles the setup of the house, pavilion, food and bar; we assist the guests throughout the evening; and when the reunion is over, we take care of all of the cleanup.  In this way, everyone can enjoy the reunion and being with old friends.

The Caldwell House offers all of this, and more.  For more information or to inquire about availability, call 337-909-0050 or email

The Caldwell House Lemon Chiffon Pancakes

These pancakes are light, fluffy and delicious!

(Serves 3-4)

3 Eggs, separated
2 T. Vegetable Oil
½ tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 cup Cottage Cheese
1 T. Maple Syrup
1 ½ T. Lemon Zest
2 T. Lemon Juice
½ cup Flour
Optional:  Blueberry Syrup


Beat egg whites until stiff in an electric mixer bowl – set aside.

Combine yolks and rest of ingredients and mix well until smooth & fluffy.

Fold in egg whites.

Cook on griddle.

Serve with blueberry syrup and butter.

Extraordinary Event at The Caldwell

The following review was taken from one of the 56 five-star reviews of The Caldwell House in Abbeville, Louisiana on

5 of 5 stars

The Caldwell is a beautiful B&B but also an extraordinary venue for an event. My husband and I hosted an Engagement Party for some friends and we, along with the couple, live out of town. We held the party there b/c we are originally from the area and most of the guests attending still reside there. Our goal was to have a wonderful party at a beautiful venue with no stress and we definitely got it! Mae and the staff at The Caldwell were excellent and our expectations of the event were surpassed. I would highly recommend The Caldwell for any event and plan to use them in the future, if the need should arise. If you are looking for a stress free experience in an amazing setting, The Caldwell is your place!

Chef Toni Norman Haynes Cooking Demos – June 16, 17, 18, 2011

Each month, The Caldwell House is proud to host cooking demonstrations and classes offered by chefs from Acadiana and beyond.  Each chef demonstrates various dishes, from appetizer to dessert, and each guest enjoys a taste of whatever the chef is preparing. Learn to cook like a pro.

Classes fill up quickly – don’t delay!

Your reservation is not confirmed until payment is received.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 — 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Space Available – Call 337-909-0050 or email: to reserve a space.

(Dinner Demonstration)

Chef Toni Norman Haynes, a native of Abbeville, now resides in Tampa, Florida.  On June 16th, she will return home to demonstrate and share her knowledge of cooking.

On this Thursday evening, June 16, 2011, she will demonstrate Red Snapper Picatta with lemon, capers and wine.  Chef Toni will also demonstrate how to cook Shrimp Risotto, and guests will be treated to great food and fun.

$60/person – soft drinks and water included.

Friday, June 17, 2011 — 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Space Available – Call 337-909-0050 or email: to reserve a space.

(Luncheon Demonstration)

Chef Toni will demonstrate and teach students how to make her father’s famous recipe, Chicken Curry, Abbeville style, with 15 different garnishes.

Chef Toni’s Father served in India during World War II and was introduced to curry at the palace Maharani of CoochBeHar.  When he returned home, he “Cajunized” the recipe and there are people living in Abbeville who remember this remarkable dish.  Chef Toni demonstrates this receipt all over the United States and Belgium and will now introduce it to us.

$50/person – soft drinks and water included.

Saturday, June 17, 2011 — 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Very Limited Space Available – Call 337-909-0050 or email: to reserve a space.

(Brunch Demonstration)

Chef Toni Norman Haynes will teach a hands-on cooking class in The Caldwell House kitchen.

Students will learn to make Savory Crepes “Merveille de la Mer” with shrimp, scallops, mushrooms in a bechamel sauce and Sweet Crepes with mixed berry filling with Cointreau or Kirsch and whipped cream.   Students will not only be shown how to make the crepes – they will take turns making them!  This class is limited to 8 students, so don’t delay reserving your space for this class.

$70/person – soft drinks and water included.

NOTE:    Chef Toni will donate a portion of each class fee to the Elemore Morgan, Jr. Visual Arts Endowment.  Elemore was Chef Toni’s first cousin.  The Elemore Morgan, Jr. Visual Arts Endowment was created to provide support to artists and further the artistic vision exemplified by the life of Elemore Morgan, Jr.  The mission of this organization is to demonstrate that the visual arts are significant cultural necessities by supporting, promoting, enhancing and strengthening the visual arts, primarily in south Louisiana.

DOOR PRIZE:   A drawing will be held at each cooking demonstration and class for one lucky person to win a limited edition print of “The Gazebo in Magdalen Square” by Artist, Mae Mayeux.

For a schedule of Cooking Demonstrations and Classes to be held at The Caldwell House, click here.

Chef Brian Blanchard Cooking Demo – March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm



105 E. Vermilion Street

Abbeville, LA  70510

(Dinner Demonstration)

Chef Brian Blanchard of iMonelli Restaurant in Lafayette returns to The Caldwell House to demonstrate seafood and other dishes.

Chef Brian’s first cooking demonstration, “That’s Amore” on February 10th,  was so successful, we asked him to come back for another demonstration.  His demonstration on Italian dishes was informative and the food was delicious.  Chef Brian paired wine with the meal, which he will do at his second demonstration, as well.  Since the second demo on March 31st will take place during Lent, he will feature seafood.  What will he prepare?  It’s a surprise!
Chef Brian is a native of Morgan City, Louisiana, but he now resides in Lafayette with his family.  He is Executive Chef and owner of iMonelli Restaurant, a la Carte Restaurant and Catering Facility, and Cafe JoJo in Morgan City, Louisiana.

$50/person – soft drinks included.  Wine sold by the glass.

For a schedule of cooking demonstrations and classes to be held at The Caldwell House, click here.

Chef Heath Lemoine of Zea’s Restaurant Cooking Demonstration – May 12, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011 — 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sold Out – names accepted for waiting list – Call 337-909-0050 or email: to reserve a space.

(Dinner Demonstration)

Chef Heath Lemoine of Zea’s Restaurant in Lafayette will demonstrate at The Caldwell House  one of Zea’s signature dishes, Asian Almond Shrimp, as well as other items from Zea’s, along with some of his personal recipes.

Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill was established in Harahan, Louisiana (near New Orleans) in 1997 by three energetic and creative chefs known as “The Taste Buds”.

Chef Heath has had a passion for food since he was a child, cooking with his Grandmother and his parents. Heath worked many years for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, inevitably resigning and pursuing his passion to “tickle the palate”. Relocating to New Orleans he attended Delgado Community College majoring in Culinary Arts. During his schooling he trained under Executive Chef Lisa Hanson at LePavillion Hotel. Eventually he went to work for the fast-paced Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Immediately he was promoted to a company trainer and began to travel, opening new stores across the United States. Hoping to move closer to his Cajun roots he landed a job with Taste Buds Management and soon after moved to Zea Rotisserie and Grill in Lafayette. Blessed with great people, food and good ole Southern hospitality he has enjoyed a successful career at Zea, consistently producing awesome food and pursuing his mouthwatering dream.

$60/person – soft drinks and water included.  Wine sold by the glass.

For a schedule of cooking demonstrations and classes to be held at The Caldwell House, click here.