The Caldwell House Breakfast Crab Quiche’

1 pastry shell (9 inch), partially baked

2 tablespoons onion tops, chopped

1 cup crabmeat

1 tablespoon flour

1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded/divided

3 eggs

1 cup half and half

pepper and salt to taste

minced parsley

Have a 9-inch pastry shell partially baked. Mix crabmeat, green onions and flour; set aside. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese in the pie shell, then spread with crab mixture over. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup of cheese.

Beat eggs, half and half, salt, pepper and parsley until mixed. Pour into the shell. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until set.

Serves 6 to 8 people.

Recipe by Gretchen Frith, author of the cookbook:  The “Bleep” My Family Eats.  To purchase a cookbook, call 337-406-5618.


Abbeville Christmas Stroll – 2011

On Thursday, December 1st, 2011, hundreds of people participated in the annual Abbeville Christmas Stroll.  Downtown businesses opened their doors to large crowds of people to “begin” the Christmas season in Abbeville.  Businesses remained open until 8:00 pm for shoppers and provided food or treats and Christmas music.

Each year, The Caldwell House is happy to be a participant in this unique Christmas activity.

Hundreds of people drove or walked from Downtown Abbeville to The Caldwell House.  The home was decorated inside and out and guests walked throughout the house on a self-guided tour, then proceeded outside onto the side porch and under the West Garden Pavilion for coffee and treats, to sit and rest awhile on the rockers, or take pictures under the pavilion by our raindeer display.

New decorations added this year were Christmas trees in every bedroom, decorated according to the theme of the room.  The dining room, parlor and study were also decorated with a trees.

A large Christmas tree adorned the main parlor and offered a perfect photo spot for pictures.

The banister posts on the stairs were decorated with poinsettia, ornaments, ribbon and lights.

A photo spot was set under the West Garden Pavilion and featured deer in the snow.

Each year, The Caldwell House holds a drawing and one lucky person who visits The Caldwell during the Christmas Stroll wins a free overnight stay in the Morning Glory suite, which includes a gourmet breakfast the next morning.  Congratulations to the winner of this year’s drawing!

Caldwell House staff who worked the Christmas Stroll hope to you see you again in 2012!

Merry Christmas to All!

Farmer’s Market, Downtown Abbeville — 2012 Market Dates

Magdalen Square in

Downtown Abbeville, Louisiana

will once again be the setting for

open air Farmer’s Markets.

April 21, 2012

May 12, 2012

June 16, 2012

June 30, 2012

July 14, 2012

October 20, 2012

November 17, 2012

December 8, 2012

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

FREE to the public!


Seasonal produce, local honey, fresh eggs, jams, jellies, preserves, pickled eggs, chow chow

Plus:  Arts & Crafts, Music and More!


Refreshments available.

Sponsored by the following Bed & Breakfasts of Abbeville:

Apartment A –

The Caldwell House-

Ducote-Williams House  —

and The Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission

For more information, call 337-898-6600.

Choosing a Venue for your Wedding and Reception

Congratulations!  You’re engaged!  The love of your life has asked to marry you.  You, of course, said “Yes!” and you both dream about the wonderful life you will have – being together, loving each other through good times and bad, children, grandchildren.  Your dreams have come true and you are so happy being in love.  But wait!  Now you realize that the magical fairytale wedding that you’ve been dreaming about since you were 4 years old is about to take place.  And all you have to do is make it happen.  Where do you begin?

You should begin with choosing a venue for your wedding and reception which reflects your personality.  If you decide on a church for your ceremony, you may not want to use the hall just because it is attached to the church.  Maybe not the venue down the street which is cheap because it provides nothing other than a large empty space.  You should choose a venue which will reflect your personality, the place where you will be able to create your fairytale wedding and reception.  You should also choose the right venue for your budget.  A hall may be cheap to rent, but once you factor in the decorations, linens, and all the work that it will take to make it fit your dream, you may not be able to keep within your budget and you still have to do the work to create the atmosphere you desire.

If you do have the ceremony in church, you must still decide on a venue for the reception.  This is where difficult decisions need to be made.  Your family and friends will give their opinions, but ultimately, the decision should be yours and your fiance’s.  The reception, particularly if the ceremony is in a church, is where your personality will shine through.  This is where you have the most control to produce the outcome you desire.

Do you prefer to have your reception in a hall where you can have everything take place in one area – dancing, eating, cake cutting, toasting, etc.?  Or are you looking for a venue which has a personality which fits your own – a more intimate venue where different activities take place in different areas or rooms.  If you choose the latter, The Caldwell House is the perfect venue for you!

Photo by Moore PhotographyFirst and foremost, The Caldwell is a home.  It was built to be a home and functioned that way for many years.  The home is over 100 years old and is on the National Historic Register.  The grandeur of the home has always lent itself to beautiful weddings & receptions.  Recent improvements have increased its functionality as a wedding and reception venue.  The Caldwell House provides a grand background for an intimate, memorable wedding and reception.Photo by JLang Photography

The Caldwell House has an East Garden area designed for the ceremony site.  The West Garden Pavilion functions as the reception site, as well as various rooms inside the home  – the parlor for the wedding cake and toasting, the dining room for the food, a study for the bar, and various other rooms in the home for dressing, eating and mingling.  The Evangeline Master Honeymoon Suite is included in the package for the couple on their wedding night, complete with an in-room gourmet breakfast the next morning, a beautiful way for the bride and groom to begin their new life together.

Photo by Moore PhotographyFamily and friends will roam throughout the interior of the home, enjoy rocking on the deep porches, mingling on the brick circle, dining in the home or pavilion, dancing in the main pavilion, or gathering with friends on the north lawn — all the while enjoying the beauty of the home and gardens.

What do you have in mind for your venue?  Do you want a country feel and to decorate with birdhouses and natural plants?  Or would you prefer a more elegant venue with candles and roses?  Whatever you have in mind, The Caldwell House can fit your personality.

Once you book your wedding and/or reception at The Caldwell House, our wedding coordinators will be there to help you every step of the way.  You will not be left on your own. They will help coordinate the wedding and/or reception according to your desires, making it the perfect choice for you.  Our consultants have years of experience and are ready to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.  Call us at 337-909-0050 or email us at to arrange for a free tour and consultation.  We can hardly wait to begin!