Engagement Reception

Wow, what a great weekend.  From February 5-8, we celebrated our engagement with a reception.  It was great seeing a lot of family and friends.  We not only celebrated our engagement, we also celebrated Mardi Gras and the Superbowl victory. 

Pictures from the Reception.  Photography by RyanHMartin.com

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Engagement Reception - New Orleans - February 6

The first phase of our celebration is an engagement reception in New Orleans on February 6th.  It's also the first weekend of Mardi Gras New Orleans city elections, and Superbowl weekend!  It'll be a great weekend with lots of friends and family. 

Engagement Reception : Our reception will take place Saturday, February 6 at the Galleria Ballroom at the Sheraton Metairie from 6 pm - 10 pm.  It will be a fun evening with Garba, dancing, and great company. 

No boxed gifts please.    Please RSVP by January 10 to Varsha or Kirit Shah (504) 443-1721.

Four Galleria Boulevard, Metairie,LA ,70001 

Travel: For air travelers, New Orleans has only one airport - Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY).   For those driving in, the city is located along Interstate 10.  

Car Rental:  For auto rentals, we recommend using Enterprise Rent A Car.  For special rates, please contact Viral Shah. 

Accommodations:  Many guests will be staying at the Sheraton Hotel in the French Quarter (This is a different hotel than where the reception is taking place).  It's a great location on the parade route, near Bourbon Street and the French Quarter.  

For those who prefer a not so party like hotel area, we have reserved a block of rooms at two hotels.
Sheraton-Metairie (where the reception is taking place.)
504-837-6707 (at the front desk, ask for Shah/Mistry Reception)

Crowne Plaza - Kenner
504-467-5611 (Ask for the Shah reception)

Mardi Gras Parades:  There are three main locations for parades in the city, some are family style, some are more adult style.  Here is a list of weekend parades and links for their routes.  

Friday, February 5:
Oshun - Uptown, 6:00 p.m.
Excalibur - Metairie, 7:00 p.m. 
Atlas - Metairie, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 6:
Pontchartrain - Uptown, 2:00 p.m.
Shangri-La - French Quarter, 2:00 p.m. 
Caesar - Metairie, 6:00 p.m.
Sparta - Uptown, 6:00 p.m
Pegasus - Uptown, 6:45 p.m.

Pygmalion - Uptown, 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, February 7:
Carrollton - Uptown, Noon
King Arthur - Uptown, 1:15 p.m.
- French Quarter, 2:00 p.m.

Click here for more information about Mardi Gras.

Local Eateries:  New Orleans is known for it's amazing food, drinks, and desserts.  While you're be sure to enjoy po-boys (fully dressed), raw oysters, fried catfish, jambalaya, alligator, muffelata, etouffe, and  of course crawfish.  If you have room for dessert, eat some pralines, beignets, bananas foster, and King Cake.  Here are some great places to check out:

Here is a Google Map I created for those staying in the French Quarter and a listing of local restaurants:

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Cafe Fleur-De-Lis (breakfast)
307 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 529-9641

Daisy Dukes (Breakfast)
2 reviews
NOLA 70130
(504) 561-5171

Coffee Pot Restaurant (Breakfast)
714 Saint Peter St
NOLA 70116-3184
(504) 524-3500

Cafe Du Monde (Famous Coffee and Beignet Place. Open 24 hours.  Not a restaurant)
800 Decatur Street
NOLA 70116

The Green Goddess (One of the few places with actual vegetarian food.)
307 Exchange Place
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 301-3347

Drago's Seafood Restaurant (good place, good prices)
2 Poydras St
NOLA 70130-1656
(504) 584-3911

New Orleans School of Cooking (Cook and Eat Southern Food)
524 Saint Louis St
NOLA 70130-2118
(504) 525-2665

NOLA Restaurant (pricey, but the best)
534 Saint Louis St
NOLA 70130
(504) 522-6652

Mother's Restaurant (famous)
401 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
(504) 523-9656

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres St
NOLA 70130-2102
(504) 524-7394

Aunt Sally's Praline Shops (Great pralines for dessert. It's next to Cafe du Monde.  Not a restaurant. )
810 Decatur Street
NOLA 70116
(504) 524-3373

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St
NOLA 70130-2324
(504) 522-5973

Yo-Mama's Bar & Grill
727 Saint Peter St
NOLA 70116-3118
(504) 522-1125

Deanie's Seafood
841 Iberville St
NOLA 70112-3131
(504) 581-1316

Krystal (Similar to White Castle, Open All Night)
116 Bourbon St
NOLA 70130-2302
(504) 523-4030