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A Visit to Baton Rouge's White Oak Plantation

A Visit to Baton Rouge's White Oak Plantation

Peanut Butter and Peppers has been on a trip to Baton Rouge, and writing about her journey. For the full article, click here.

Welcome to post 4 of my trip to Baton Rouge. During the evening of our second day we went to the annual Chillin’ and Grillin event held at White Oak Plantation. The Chillin’ and Grilin event is a buffet-style dinner where you can meet and greet with chefs and designers participating in Dining by Design. The event is sponsored by Fete Partner The Sister Dulce Foundation, Inc. The property at White Oak Plantation is simply beautiful. It has lakes, lush gardens and even a chicken coop.

The White Oak Plantation would be the perfect place to hold a special occasion event like a wedding or maybe to renew your vows? hint, hint Husband! I also met some chefs and I chatted with some wonderful people who worked at the event. The food at Chillin and Grillin was amazing!! But I bet you are not surprised by that! I had for the first time Hog flings and red snapper. The hog flings was good, but I wasn’t a fan of red snapper. I just starting trying out fish and this one wasn’t for me, at least for right now.

First up on the menu was appetizers. Everyone had a glass of wine in one hand and a plate of Hog Head Cheese, Cracklins and Boudin Blanc in the other. I had a couple glasses of wine, but I skipped on the appetizers. I was saving myself for dinner!! Not to mention this is part two of Tuesday and Wednesday’s post and as you can see at that point I ate a lot. he he So first up on the menu was the Creole Jambalaya. This was fantastic and exactly what I think of when I think of Louisiana food. It was delicious!!

The second thing I had was the Okra and Tomatoes. I loved this dish!! I never had okra before, but now I am going to buy some and try it out at home. I think my family will like it?

I also had a heaping plate of the Corn Maque Choux. It kind of reminded me of cream of corn. It was so yummy!!!

I loved the food servers at the event. They were so nice and so forgiving, when all of us bloggers would ask if we can take pictures of the food! However, I have to say this weekend was the first time that I felt really welcomed as a food blogger. I tell people I am a food blogger and they just give me that kind of weird look. But at White Oak Plantation, when they were giving announcements and speeches, they welcomed the food bloggers. I felt really proud at the moment.

Next on the menu was one of my favorite things which was the sweet potato souffle. It was soooooo good! I wanted to go back and get more, but I didn’t, because one I was too lazy to move and second I was holding off for dessert!

Last but not least for the dinner was the Porchetta, which was the hog flings. The meat was tender and delicious and had a wonderful smoked flavor to it.

The dessert was white chocolate bread pudding with whisky sauce. I didn’t have intentions of having dessert, well ok I did, but I only went to get a cup of decafe when a lady whispered, hey come here! It was one of the server ladies and she gave me a HUGE, last piece of white chocolate bread pudding with the sauce dripping all over it. When everyone at my table saw it they all got up to get some and yes they had the bread pudding, but not that sauce over the top. I was a lucky one!! It was incredible. One thing I noticed on my trip is that I didn’t see a lot of bread on menus unless it’s corn bread or bread pudding, which is probably a good thing for me. However I have had bread pudding before, but nothing compares to the bread pudding I had in Baton Rouge. Now these people can make a mean bread pudding that is so moist, so sweet and so out of this world. I think I gained 5lbs. just thinking of it!!


A Cajun Celebration on Baton Rouge’s Historic Plantation

Growing up, I never missed my family’s annual tradition of screening Gone with the Wind. I loved the bold and brash Miss Scarlett who acted like a man, wore an elaborate green dress made from curtains, and the gorgeous Terra Plantation. Okay, so Scarlett’s world was far from a utopia (e.g. cousins who marry and also: slavery), but I was eleven and captivated by the Southern romance and tragedy portrayed in the film.

I never expected to visit a real life plantation - but I did on my visit to Baton Rouge. Twenty minutes from downtown Baton Rouge, the White Oak Plantation stands in all its glory: 22 acres of lush foliage, gardens and lakes.Inside the home, I feel like I’m stepping onto the set of Gone with the Wind – a grand staircase, French ballroom, and three-tiered crystal chandelier are just a few elements that whisk me back in time. I could almost see Rhett and Scarlett verbally abusing each other and then tumbling down the stairs.

After touring the house, we’re invited into the backyard to enjoy a balmy evening of music, delectable food and endless flutes of wine. Outdoors, there is a New Orleans-style courtyard with an open-hearth fireplace, fountains and flowering gardens. I can only imagine the elaborate weddings that are held here.

At the buffet, I load my plate with Fire Roasted Red Snapper, Creole Jambalaya, corn maque choux, sweet potato soufflé, and cornbread. Everything tastes swimmingly good as I swirl sips of wine in my mouth. Our table agrees that the Portabella and Chanterelle Bisque is a showstopper.

The White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce steals my heart. Chocolate and booze – together at last! The cake is moist and melty with sweet sauce drizzled on top.

Oh, White Oak Plantation. This lovely Louisiana evening will forever remain in my memories. After such an epic meal and wistful evening, it reminds me of a few lines from Shakespeare: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

Details:

White Oak Plantation
17660 George O’Neal Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

To plan your trip, check out the Visit Baton Rouge website or the Louisiana Tourism website.

The writer was a guest of Visit Baton Rouge. The tourism board did not review or approve this article.


A Day in Baton Rouge - what to do?

My husband and I are having to make a last-minute trip to Houston, leaving Sun. 12/5, and since we're both so over flying for the time being, we decided to drive and make a couple of stops on the way over and back to get a break from the driving. The return trip includes a couple of days in NO, where we have been many times before (though not since '03, since Katrina) but we decided to spend one day in Baton Rouge (Tues. 12/7) on the way to Houston. We have never been to Baton Rouge but I figured there would be some nicely decorated plantations to put us in the Christmas spirit.

When I started searching Baton Rouge and plantations on this forum and TripAdvisor, nearly everything I came up with was rather old and some of what was recent was a bit disheartening - like maybe Magnolia Mound Plantation is closed for renovations, except for the kitchen. Can't tell from their website if White Oak Plantation is even open for tours or just catering, functions, and group tours. (These were the most highly rated on TA.) Some years ago when my husband was doing a trade show, I drove up one side of the Mississippi and down the other from NO, looking at plantations, and I'd rather see different ones this time. Seems The Myrtles is closed Tues., so that's out.

Can anybody suggest plantations you've liked that are open for tours or other things that would be interesting to see in the Baton Rouge area that don't involve a lot of driving (since we'll be doing plenty of that other days)? We're actually spending the night before in Hammond, so anything between Hammond and Baton Rouge is a bonus.


A Visit to Baton Rouge's White Oak Plantation - Recipes

Had company Christmas party here. Folse makes it showy but still the same old dishes as always and Cajun cooks are a dime a dozen. Time for a change. Lot of money for the show, folks.

Wow! The house is BEAUTIFUL and the grounds so story book like. We were here for a conference dinner. Only caught a glimpse of a couple rooms in the house but they looked fantastic. 3-4 tables of hors d'oeuvres were set up and everything was yummy. You could stroll around the grounds and see the smoke house, chickens, turkeys, fig tree grove, pigs and the picturesque pond with gazebo and bridges. So tranquil. Cash bar and unlike other places we ate the water was free. Staff were all pleasant and professional. A/C'd bathrooms. We had our meal in an A/C'd tent - surprise it worked!. 150 plus of us and the service went well and the food was delicious. They did exchange our mixed vegetables for a bean mash which I was disappointed by. A little unsteady walking from lighted tent out into the dark through the uneven gardens. But everything else out shined the little problems. This would be such a venue for a wedding. W/C's would have a hard time getting around but with help it could be done.


A Visit to Baton Rouge's White Oak Plantation - Recipes

Wow! The house is BEAUTIFUL and the grounds so story book like. We were here for a conference dinner. Only caught a glimpse of a couple rooms in the house but they looked fantastic. 3-4 tables of hors d'oeuvres were set up and everything was yummy. You could stroll around the grounds and see the smoke house, chickens, turkeys, fig tree grove, pigs and the picturesque pond with gazebo and bridges. So tranquil. Cash bar and unlike other places we ate the water was free. Staff were all pleasant and professional. A/C'd bathrooms. We had our meal in an A/C'd tent - surprise it worked!. 150 plus of us and the service went well and the food was delicious. They did exchange our mixed vegetables for a bean mash which I was disappointed by. A little unsteady walking from lighted tent out into the dark through the uneven gardens. But everything else out shined the little problems. This would be such a venue for a wedding. W/C's would have a hard time getting around but with help it could be done.

8 - 8 of 8 reviews


Plantations in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Louisiana's plantations offer a fascinating look at lifestyles of the past and a crucial period in the history of the United States. Many of the state's amazing antebellum mansions remain intact, and are meticulously maintained and furnished with beautiful period pieces. Tour these majestic marvels and their manicured gardens along the Great River Road, and across south and central Louisiana, and learn more about life during an incredible era leading up to the Civil War. You can spend your day touring and even stay overnight at many of the properties. The experience is one you won't forget!

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Politics is deeply entwined in the culture of Baton Rouge it can be found both in the storied past of local dealmakers, showcased at the Old Louisiana State Capitol, and in the political history that is being written now inside the art deco skyscraper that serves as the current capitol. As home to the main campus of Louisiana State University and several smaller colleges, the city buzzes with the energy of youth while holding fast to its traditions in Southern lifestyle and historic sites. LSU's home football games dominate the fall social calendar when fans perfect the art of tailgating and pack the immense Tiger Stadium. A revival is underway in the city center where attractions range from a riverfront casino to the USS Kidd floating museum to the ultra-contemporary Shaw Center for the Arts, which clusters an art museum, gallery spaces, theaters and restaurants in the heart of downtown.


History and hauntings

On our first day, we drove north from our hotel to &ldquoOne of America&rsquos Most Haunted Homes,&rdquo The Myrtles Plantation. Along the way, Chris did some research and told me about the 220-year-old plantation&rsquos ghost stories. The most famous one involves a young slave named Chloe who was said to have poisoned the plantation owner&rsquos family and was hanged from a tree on the property. Her apparition, among others, has appeared in photographs and has allegedly caused mysterious occurrences such as rearranged furniture, unexplained sounds and even the lingering smell of a burning cigar. Paranormal enthusiasts can take a weekend mystery tour and spend the night in one of the haunted rooms. However, Chris and I opted for a daytime history tour, preferring to meet Chloe in the safety of sunlight.

The Myrtles Plantation sits high on a hilltop, tucked behind the knotted branches of ancient oaks dripping with gray-green Spanish moss. Upon entering the foyer, we were immersed in an atmosphere of grand splendor and old romance. My eye was instantly drawn to the magnificent open-pierced frieze moldings, while a 300-pound Baccarat crystal chandelier glittered over our heads. We roamed the main floor rooms amid gold-leaf French furnishings and Carrera marble mantles, experiencing the history and mystery of a long-ago way of life we can only imagine.

The allure of the home extended to its magnificent grounds. I gazed across the manicured lawns as swaying Spanish moss mingled with the Louisiana perfume of blooming magnolias, crepe myrtle trees and azaleas. Chris snapped dozens of photos, doing his best to capture the ethereal beauty of the place. Much to our relief, no ghostly activity was captured&hellipwell, at least not that we&rsquove noticed!

We discussed how strange high-society antebellum life seemed, where women spent their days perfecting feminine graces and men ran business affairs, occasionally defending their honor on the dueling grounds. I decided it was my turn to take photos of the landscape and asked for the camera.

Chris blinked at me, removed his hat and threw it to the ground. &ldquoYou&rsquoll have to duel me for it!&rdquo

&ldquoI declare!&rdquo I said with a lift of my chin. &ldquoProper Southern ladies never duel, sir!&rdquo I then snatched the camera from his hands, like a true Southern lady &ndash quick, confident and not to be trifled with when angry.

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Map & Directions

Take Interstate 10 (West) to Interstate 310 (South). Exit #220 - for Boutte. Continue on Interstate 310 across the Destrehan/Luling Bridge to exit #10 - for Donaldsonville, Highway 3127. Travel twenty-three (23) miles on Highway 3127 to major intersection with Highway 20. Turn right on Highway 20, travel three (3) miles to Highway 18, turn left and travel three (3) miles to Oak Alley Plantation.
Alternate rouge: Take Interstate 10 (West) to the Gramercy Exit #194. Turn left on Highway 641 (South). Follow Highway 641 (South), which will turn into Highway 3213. Continue on Highway 3213 over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge (also known as Gramercy/Wallace Bridge). Take the exit on the down ramp toward Vacherie. Turn left onto Highway 18 and travel seven and one-half (7 1/2 ) miles to Oak Alley Plantation.

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Directions from New Orleans International Airport to Oak Alley Plantation

Turn right out of the airport onto Highway 61 (West), also known as Airline Highway. Travel approximately four (4) miles to Interstate 310 (South). Continue on Interstate 310 across the Destrehan/Luling Bridge to exit #10 - for Donaldsonville, Highway 3127. Travel twenty-three (23) miles on Highway 3127 to major intersection with Highway 20. Turn right on Highway 20, travel three (3) miles to Highway 18, turn left and travel three (3) miles to Oak Alley Plantation.

Alternate route: turn right out of the airport onto Highway 61 (West), also known as Airline Highway. Travel approximately four (4) miles to Interstate 310 (North). Continue on Interstate 310 (North) to the exit for Interstate 10 (West) to Baton Rouge. Continue on Interstate 10 (West) to the Gramercy Exit #194. Turn left on Highway 641 (South). Follow Highway 641 (South), which will turn into Highway 3213. Continue on Highway 3213 over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge (also known as Gramercy/Wallace Bridge). Turn left onto Highway 18 and travel seven and one-half (7 1/2 ) miles to Oak Alley Plantation.

Directions from Baton Rouge to Oak Alley Plantation

Take Interstate 10 (East) to the Lutcher/Mississippi River Bridge exit #194. Turn right on Highway 641 (South). Follow Highway 641 (South), which will turn into Highway 3213. Continue on Highway 3213 over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge (also known as Gramercy/Wallace Bridge). Take the exit on the down ramp toward Vacherie. Turn left onto Highway 18 and travel seven and one-half miles to Oak Alley Plantation.


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White Oak Plantation

OK This is sad . I called this place up to ask about rates for a rehersal dinner and the experience was so bad that I am not going to consider that place anymore. They were ridiculously rude over the phone. No hello no anything
So unless this establishment really wants to get some serious business, I would recommend that they not have whoever answers the phone right now and replace them with a friendly and nice person else folks like me are going to get totally turned off and shop elsewhere

by i_enjoy_fine_dining at Citysearch May 18, 2007 2 White Oak Plantation

Nasty phone customer service

OK This is sad . I called this place up to ask about rates for a rehersal dinner and the experience was so bad that I am not going to consider that place anymore. They were ridiculously rude over the phone. No hello no anything
So unless this establishment really wants to get some serious business, I would recommend that they not have whoever answers the phone right now and replace them with a friendly and nice person else folks like me are going to get totally turned off and shop elsewhere

I've attended two weddings at White Oak Plantation and was impressed with both. One was a small indoor wedding. The other was outdoor and large. The service and food were good.

I've attended two weddings at White Oak Plantation and was impressed with both. One was a small indoor wedding. The other was outdoor and large. The service and food were good.

White Oak Plantation is owned and operated by Chef John Folse and Company. It is the perfect place for a wedding or reception as well as special meetings and other events. Usually opened to the public for special meals such as Easter Brunch and Mother's Day, you can't pass up the chance to dine on exquisive Louisiana Cuisine from Chef Folse's recipes. Seafood, pasta and a large selection of desserts makes this the ideal location for your next special event. Anyone considering an evening wedding would definitely want to check out the beautiful grounds and setting. A picture perfect event!

No question about it. do you want to go someplace special?

White Oak Plantation is owned and operated by Chef John Folse and Company. It is the perfect place for a wedding or reception as well as special meetings and other events. Usually opened to the public for special meals such as Easter Brunch and Mother's Day, you can't pass up the chance to dine on exquisive Louisiana Cuisine from Chef Folse's recipes. Seafood, pasta and a large selection of desserts makes this the ideal location for your next special event. Anyone considering an evening wedding would definitely want to check out the beautiful grounds and setting. A picture perfect event!


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