In 1918, a colorful, French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened the grand New Orleans restaurant that bears his name with a commitment to serving quality Creole cuisine. Arnaud believed, quite simply, that the pursuit of the pleasures of the table is as worthy as anything else one chooses to pursue in life. Over 100 years later, this world-renowned restaurant continues to deliver exceptional fine dining experiences to everyone who visits.
The Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, named for successor and daughter of Count Arnaud, opened in the restaurant on September 15, 1983. Wells reportedly reigned as queen of over twenty-two Mardi Gras balls from 1937 to 1968, more than any other women in the history of Carnival. The museum brings together more than two dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes and more than 70 vintage photographs, fabulous Carnival masks and faux jewels, elaborate krewe invitations and party favors.