Hotel Thrillist takes over Royal Sonesta this weekend for 48 hours of Nola fun

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Food, drink and travel website Thrillist will host Hotel Thrillist 2016 at the Royal Sonesta from Sept. 16-18.

Back for its sixth year, Hotel Thrillist is a weekend-long event in which the lifestyle media brand flies in 100-plus influencers, clients and friends to a city, takes over a hotel and showcases the best a city has to offer in 48 hours.

Hotel Thrillist consists of three main events. The following two are open to the public:

Taste of New Orleans – Friday, Sept. 16 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. at Royel Sonesta

Taste of New Orleans brings together over 15 of New Orleans’ top restaurants under one roof. The host will be Chef John Folse, with special guest mixologist T. Cole Newton.

Participating restaurants include Angeline, Arana Taqueria y Cantina, Arnaud’s, Atchafalaya, Brennan’s, Buttermilk Drop Bakery, Carrollton Market, Desire Oyster Bar, Domenica, Doris Metropolitan, Galatoire’s Restaurant, Jacques Imo’s, Kenton’s, La Divina Italian Café, Restaurant August, Restaurant R’evolution and Primitivo.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The United Way of Southeast Louisiana and the people impacted by the recent devastating flooding in the area.

Purchase tickets here.

A Fiery Finale – Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 p.m. – until at Republic 

To mark the end of the Hotel Thrillist, they’ll be one last epic event featuring special guest DJ Samantha Ronson and music from Rebirth Brass Band.

This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door.