Meet Marcelle Bienvenu: At Rienzi House Tour and Book Signing

  • June 28 - 29, 2024
  • Rienzi Plantation House

    215 East Bayou Road
    Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301
Ticket Price $32.64 Join the waitlist


This event is a must-attend for history enthusiasts, architecture admirers, and food lovers alike. Don't miss your chance to explore the historic Rienzi House, meet Marcelle Bienvenu, and reserve your copy of her latest book.

Join us at Rienzi for a unique home tour where you'll be greeted by owner John Lafargue. Enjoy a brief history of this beautifully renovated 200+ year old house and an exclusive chance to meet renowned culinary author Marcelle Bienvenu. Explore the stunning photography featured in her upcoming cookbook and have your pre-ordered copy signed by Marcelle with a personalized book plate.

Event Schedule:

Friday, June 28th 2024:

9:30 am, 10:30 am

2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Saturday, June 29th 2024:

9:30 am, 10:30 am

2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Tickets are $30 per person, including the house tour and the opportunity to meet Marcelle. Experience history, culinary artistry, and personal interaction in one unforgettable visit.

Date & Time

Jun 28 - 29, 2024

Venue Details

Rienzi Plantation House

215 East Bayou Road
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301 Rienzi Plantation House
Marcelle Bienvenu

Marcelle is a cookbook author and food writer who has been preparing Cajun and Creole dishes since the 1960s. She has written on Creole/Cajun Cooking for The Times Picayune, Time-Life Books, and has been featured in Food & Wine, Saveur, Southern Living, Redbook, The New York Times, Louisiana Life, and Acadiana Profile.

Bienvenu authored: Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make A Roux? Who's Your Mama…(The Sequel), and Cajun Cooking for Beginners. She co-edited Cooking Up A Storm: Recipes Lost and Found (Times Picayune, 2008) which was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2009. She worked with Emeril Lagasse for fifteen years and co-authored several cookbooks with him including Louisiana Real & Rustic, Emeril’s Creole Christmas, Emeril’s TV Dinners, and Every Day’s A Party

She owned and operated a restaurant Chez Marcelle, near Lafayette, Louisiana, and has worked for several restaurants, including Commander's Palace and K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans. A graduate of USL (now University of Lafayette in Louisiana). She was an instructor at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University for eleven years and lives on Bayou Têche in St. Martinville. Louisiana, with her husband, Rock Lasserre.