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New Orleans, Louisiana (August 26, 2014) - Pull out your psychadellic wild-print shift dress, grab your Jackie O. inspired accessories, and get your bouffant hair style ready because the Round Table Luncheon is taking a journey back to 1964. Much can change in a half a century but some things remain the same: our love for the music of the Beatles and our commitment to the cultural arts in New Orleans. The famous foursome played a concert in New Orleans 50 years ago this month and we are celebrating with Beatles-inspired entertainment and a look at some of the premiere cultural arts organizations of our city. With the 2014-15 cultural season upon us, the Royal Sonesta is pulling back the curtain for a sneak peek on what's in store this season.

The Round Table Luncheon will take place on Wednesday September 3rd at 12:00 noon. Hosted by social columnist Margarita Bergen, the luncheon features exciting guest speakers, lively entertainment, delicious cuisine, and of course plenty of champagne darlings. Grab your friends and co-workers and plan to attend the upcoming luncheon presented in the hotel's elegant Fleur de Lis Suite.

The event will feature Robert Lyall, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera, who will speak about the upcoming productions planned for the fall. Lyall has been the artistic director of the New Orleans Opera Association since December of 1998.

Maestro Dennis Assaf, Jefferson Performing Arts Society's Artistic Director, will share the latest news about JPAS. Assaf is a co-founder of the organization and has built a thriving cultural climate for Jefferson Parish.

James William Boyd, Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will provide an overview of the company's upcoming season. Boyd has been with the LPO since 2011.

Finally, we will hear from Executive Director of the New Orleans Ballet Association, Jenny Hamilton, about the season ahead at NOBA.

Guests will enjoy entertainment by the very talented Leslie Castay, a veteran of the Broadway stage and a resident of New Orleans. Castay will be accompanied by Round Table's resident pianist, Jim Walpole.

Cliff Johnson will provide a musical blast from the past as he salutes the Beatles and will share a sneak peek of what we can expect at the WYES Beatles tribute concert coming up September 16th.

The Royal Sonesta's culinary team under the direction of Executive Chef Kevin Goodwin
has prepared a stunning four-course ensemble that is anything but square. Guests will begin their culinary journey with a Bulls Eye Gazpacho, of Yellow and Red Tomato with Parmesan and Oregano Crocatini. A Seedless Watermelon and Italian Onion Salad with a Raspberry Vinaigrette and Baby Frisee will be served for the second course. The entrée is a lovely duet of Pan Seared Speckled Trout with Roasted Pecan Beurre Noisette and Crispy Braised Pork Shank with a Creole Mustard and Cane Syrup Glaze served with
Roasted Garlic Orzo, Spirals of Carrot and Beet a la Orange, and Fried Shallots. For dessert, guests will enjoy a Trio of Crème Brûlée including Café Brulot with Orange Chips, Onyx Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Lace Crisps, and Passion Fruit with Raspberry Tuile.

The Royal Sonesta's Round Table Luncheon is $50 inclusive with advance reservations or $55 at the door. Parking is complimentary in the hotel's parking garage. For reservations, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or email her at


The 500-room Royal Sonesta is just steps away from some of the finest antique shops, art galleries and visitor attractions in New Orleans. Selected as one of the top three 'Best Hotels in New Orleans' by U.S. News & World Reports, the Royal Sonesta provides visitors with an authentic New Orleans experience. Centrally located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, the Royal Sonesta is home to Restaurant R'evolution, Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, Desire Bistro and Oyster Bar, and PJ's Coffee Cafe.
For more information on the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, please call 504-586-0300 or visit