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Kristen Barnes
Communications Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 524-1331

NEW ORLEANS, La. – July 30, 2015 – During the month of August and September, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is teaming up with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and many other local businesses to encourage local’s to take advantage of their city. Our M bistro and other restaurants around the New Orleans area will take part in the 11th annual COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month, a celebration of dining in America’s most delicious city.

M bistro will be featuring a three (3) course dinner ($35.00 per person) including appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The menu was hand crafted by our culinary team and features fresh farm to table dining selections. To view the menu and other indulgent events going on this August at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans follow this link: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-orleans/dining Reservations are not required, but they are recommended. The COOLinary dinner will be served from 5:30 - 10 p.m. seven days a week.

In conjunction with COOLinary, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is also featured in the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown summer campaign. Running from August 1 to September 30, the Be a Tourist campaign promotes summer specials on local tours, attractions, hotels and more through www.touristathome.com. Returning to the program this year is the popular eight-week social media challenge, where followers of the CVB’s Instagram (@VisitNewOrleans) and Twitter (@VisitNewOrleans) accounts are encouraged to submit a photo pertaining to one of four themes, family, food, history and culture, using the hashtag #BeATouristNOLA for a chance to win a staycation grand prize package. Winners will be chosen weekly, with the grand prize staycation winner announced in October. Locals can visit touristathome.com/social-media-challenge for a complete listing of the official rules.

Any summer memories with either campaign can also be shared across The Ritz-Carlton’s social media channels @RitzCarlton #RCMemories. We look forward to spending the summer with you in #NewOrleans!