Although the sessions, education and designation ceremony are all important components to the Claims Education Conference, we like to offer plenty of opportunities for social gatherings and networking where the casual exchange of ideas can be very valuable to the learning process. We hope you will consider joining us for some of the activity options that follow.
Group Dinner - Meril's
Wednesday, May 3rd
5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a group dinner at Meril, Chef Emeril Lagasse's latest concept and fourth restaurant in New Orleans. Named after his daughter and located in the Warehouse District, Meril showcases some of Lagasse's favorite dishes like Gulf Fish Tacos and Korean Chicken Wings. Participants will order off the menu and pay for their own meal. Sign up times will be available at the conference registration desk, but please indicate on your conference registration form if you plan to participate so that we reserve the appropriate amount of seating.
Thursday Afternoon Activity Options
Transportation is provided only for the Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour. The New Orleans Cooking School starting point is within walking distance of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and the group will be led to the tour on foot by conference staff. The Creole Queen Riverboat docks behind the Hilton New Orleans Riverside – look for the statue of the jester.
New Orleans School of Cooking
Thursday, May 4th
12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cook & eat an authentic Louisiana meal! In this highly interactive class, groups actually cut, season and saute a complete dinner with one of the expert chefs, and afterwards you will be able to sit down and enjoy the meal you have just created.This class is not limited to foodies - all skill levels are welcome to join in on the fun! $165 per person.
Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour
Thursday, May 4th
12:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Join us for a high speed Airboat Ride and Louisiana swamp tour. You’ll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You will be immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you go through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your nearly two-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes hawks, owls and bald eagles. $90 per person.
Jazz Cruise on the Creole Queen Riverboat
Thursday, May 4th
6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a jazzy cruise. Experience the lively sounds of the amazing live jazz band while enjoying a classic New Orleans cocktail. Take in the sweet Mississippi River breezes on the promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This cruise is pure New Orleans! You can choose to register for the cruise only, or the cruise and lavish Creole buffet dinner held in the elegantly appointed dining room.
$90 per person, includes Creole buffet dinner. $50 per person cruise only - no dinner. Cash bar available.
Jazz Fest May 5th - 7th, 2023
Come for the conference, stay for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 5th, 6th and 7th. Extended discounted conference hotel pricing available Friday, May 5th - Sunday, May 7th (limited rooms available).
Performers in 2022 included Stevie Nicks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, Norah Jones, Ziggy Marley, Melissa Etheridge, The Black Crowes, Boz Scaggs, Randy Newman, Chris Isaak, Samantha Fish and 140 more musical acts.
The conference ends at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, so plenty of time to get to the festival and enjoy the day's events - www.nojazzfest.com. This is not a conference organized activity. If interested, please purchase Jazz Fest tickets through the Jazz Fest website.