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Benedict's Plantation

Mandeville , LA
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1144 N. CAUSEWAY BLVD
Mandeville, LA 70471 US (map)

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985-626-4557

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History of Benedict’s Plantation

Tucked amidst lush native foliage, Benedict’s Plantation stands in reminiscence of a romantic era of elegance and luxurious respite offered... Read more
History of Benedict’s Plantation

Tucked amidst lush native foliage, Benedict’s Plantation stands in reminiscence of a romantic era of elegance and luxurious respite offered on the north shores of Lake Pontchartrain. On Lovers Lane, one of Mandeville’s earliest roads, the home extends its legacy of celebration and hospitality from the generations of families who lived there to the many guests who have enjoyed its ambience.

The property where Benedict’s Plantation now stands was originally part of an English land grant. According to court recorded surveys of 1838, the first owner was Baston Lloyd who held the property until the late 1880’s, when the property was transferred to an heir. It was Samuel Lloyd who built the cottage which now houses Benedict’s Plantation.

In 1911, the house and surrounding properties became the summer home of the Friedrichs family. Following doctors orders to provide the freshness of ozone air for their ten children, Carl C. Friedrichs purchased the house and the 200 surrounding acres. The property extended 100 acres on either side of the house and south to the Chinchuba Creek.

Through most of the twentieth century the Fredrichs family retained ownership, until 1960, when the property was purchased from the estate by the Friedrichs’ daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McLean LeDoux.. It was Mrs. LeDoux who affectionately named the home “The Shadows” because of the beautiful shadow patterns created by the trees in the evening. The LeDoux’s completed extensive renovations on the house, creating a new entrance to face Lake Pontchartrain, which now remains as the welcoming front entrance of Benedict’s Plantation.

Under the direction of architect, Arthur Middleton, III, the house was converted into a restaurant by new owners, Judge Eddie Sapir and Joseph Segretto. After extensive renovations and additions, The Shadows Restaurant was opened in November, 1983 and soon became the premiere location for exquisite cuisine and Northshore celebrations. Following seven years of service, the Shadows closed its doors in 1989.

Breathing new life into the property, the building was purchased in 1990 by restaurateurs, Shirley and Benny Deluzain. To preserve the atmosphere of southern charm and in keeping with the original integrity of the building, only minor structural changes were made to the house. The cottage opened its doors as Benedict’s Restaurant in 1991, and became the home for both Benedict’s Restaurant and Deluzain Catering. The success of Benedict’s restaurant was immediate and Deluzain Catering was booked months in advance for off-site special events. As a team, Shirley and Bennie Deluzain extended their natural talents for gracious hospitality to each different event. From Jazz Brunch on the front porch of the cottage to elegant Formal Dinners in the Queen’s Room, to glorious receptions flowing throughout the home - each had the special touch of Benny and Shirley’s genius.

Realizing their dream of providing the area’s finest reception facility, Benedict’s Plantation expanded in 1998 to open the Grand Ballroom. Designed with an ambience of elegance, the Grand Ballroom of Benedict’s Plantation can accommodate up to 400 guests in the reception area with banquet seating for 250 guests. Going past the garden waterfall, traditional gas lamps light the way through a New Orleans style courtyard as guests enter this Grand Ballroom, where crystal chandeliers and hand carved mantel all set the stage for the exquisite cuisine which creates each memorable event. Read less
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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s)
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.8/5.0
very unprofessional, rude, only concern is money. said we could use bridal suite to get ready and take pictures before going to church. the day of, after we got dressed, they told us we had to leave and cannot take pictures because there was another wedding which we were never told about. parking sucks to begin with so imagine parking for 2 receptions... wanted to cancel our reception a month before (even after signed contract) because we there was another offer that had 500 guests and ours was only 140. my guest book was practically hidden and no one got to sign it. someone was supposed to be getting myself and the groom drinks and food all night- they got us 1 single piece of one of the appetizers and 1 drink for the entire night. they were angry about review on another website so had someone call me and curse me out.
very unprofessional, rude, only concern is money. said we could use bridal suite to get ready and take pictures before Read more...
very unprofessional, rude, only concern is money. said we could use bridal suite to get ready and take pictures before going to church. the day of, after we got dressed, they told us we had to leave and cannot take pictures because there was another wedding which we were never told about. parking sucks to begin with so imagine parking for 2 receptions... wanted to cancel our reception a month before (even after signed contract) because we there was another offer that had 500 guests and ours was only 140. my guest book was practically hidden and no one got to sign it. someone was supposed to be getting myself and the groom drinks and food all night- they got us 1 single piece of one of the appetizers and 1 drink for the entire night. they were angry about review on another website so had someone call me and curse me out. Read less
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laura
Wedding:
7/27/2014
4.4/5.0
The food was great. The wedding really was wonderful! My mother brought flowers to Benedict's and she had to set up the tables herself. And it was slightly disorganized on the day of the wedding. But we were a small group and I didn't really care about those minuscule things. Overall it was perfect.
The food was great. The wedding really was wonderful! My mother brought flowers to Benedict's and she had to set up the Read more...
The food was great. The wedding really was wonderful! My mother brought flowers to Benedict's and she had to set up the tables herself. And it was slightly disorganized on the day of the wedding. But we were a small group and I didn't really care about those minuscule things. Overall it was perfect. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.6/5.0
My husband and I had a very positive experience working with Benedict's Plantation to plan our wedding reception in their main ballroom, and the reception turned out exactly how we wanted.

We initially communicated from out of state with Brian to book the venue and plan the wedding, and were very impressed by his flexibility and responsiveness-he almost always responded to emails within the day. We were hoping to have him manage the reception, but he was unfortunately out of town that day. Nicole did a great job as well, but I think some confusion regarding when we could arrive at the venue to set up and when and how my husband and I would enter the reception hall could have been avoided if Brian had been there.

Benedict's is a beautiful location with southern charm. We were lucky because they had just redecorated the interior of the ballroom, including the bar area. They also do a great job keeping the courtyard outside the ballroom beautiful with seasonal landscaping, and we got some of our favorite photographs out there.

We want to emphasize how good Benedict's food is! We got gumbo, salad, and a combination platter with steak and chicken, and heard so much positive feedback from our guests regarding the food, including that some guests pretended there were more people at their table so they could get a second serving of gumbo!

Overall, we were very pleased with Benedict's and would recommend them to anyone looking for a classy, southern venue with great food.
My husband and I had a very positive experience working with Benedict's Plantation to plan our wedding reception in their Read more...
My husband and I had a very positive experience working with Benedict's Plantation to plan our wedding reception in their main ballroom, and the reception turned out exactly how we wanted.

We initially communicated from out of state with Brian to book the venue and plan the wedding, and were very impressed by his flexibility and responsiveness-he almost always responded to emails within the day. We were hoping to have him manage the reception, but he was unfortunately out of town that day. Nicole did a great job as well, but I think some confusion regarding when we could arrive at the venue to set up and when and how my husband and I would enter the reception hall could have been avoided if Brian had been there.

Benedict's is a beautiful location with southern charm. We were lucky because they had just redecorated the interior of the ballroom, including the bar area. They also do a great job keeping the courtyard outside the ballroom beautiful with seasonal landscaping, and we got some of our favorite photographs out there.

We want to emphasize how good Benedict's food is! We got gumbo, salad, and a combination platter with steak and chicken, and heard so much positive feedback from our guests regarding the food, including that some guests pretended there were more people at their table so they could get a second serving of gumbo!

Overall, we were very pleased with Benedict's and would recommend them to anyone looking for a classy, southern venue with great food. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Overall, I had an amazing wedding. I was not completely happy with the catering. I was under the impression I was going to have a specific wedding coordinator provided by Benedict's and the day of my wedding I had someone else. The venue overall is beautiful and the renovations of the facility is absolutely beautiful.
Overall, I had an amazing wedding. I was not completely happy with the catering. I was under the impression I was going to Read more...
Overall, I had an amazing wedding. I was not completely happy with the catering. I was under the impression I was going to have a specific wedding coordinator provided by Benedict's and the day of my wedding I had someone else. The venue overall is beautiful and the renovations of the facility is absolutely beautiful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
Benedicts catering was my choice for my for my Louisiana wedding. The food was great (the food I tasted, lol) and was prepared to my specifications (I asked that a couple dishes have kosher options). All in all, it was great.
Benedicts catering was my choice for my for my Louisiana wedding. The food was great (the food I tasted, lol) and was Read more...
Benedicts catering was my choice for my for my Louisiana wedding. The food was great (the food I tasted, lol) and was prepared to my specifications (I asked that a couple dishes have kosher options). All in all, it was great. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
4/23/2011
4.8/5.0
Benedict's was the perfect place to have our wedding. The flowers outside were beautiful, and the food was absolutely delicious! The only negative thing was the wedding before mine ended at 5:00, and we barely had time to decorate before people starting arriving for ours. Brian was in charge of everything for us, and he couldn't have been easier to work with.. He was always very quick in responding to my countless texts and emails. Without his help, I would have gone crazy!
Benedict's was the perfect place to have our wedding. The flowers outside were beautiful, and the food was absolutely Read more...
Benedict's was the perfect place to have our wedding. The flowers outside were beautiful, and the food was absolutely delicious! The only negative thing was the wedding before mine ended at 5:00, and we barely had time to decorate before people starting arriving for ours. Brian was in charge of everything for us, and he couldn't have been easier to work with.. He was always very quick in responding to my countless texts and emails. Without his help, I would have gone crazy! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/12/2010
2.2/5.0
Benedict\'s Plantation was a beautiful wedding venue for my November 2010 wedding. However, I was extremely disappointed in the service of the staff, food that was not provided but listed in the contract, and lack of response from the staff following my wedding. I will always remember the night as being the best night of my life because it was beautiful and special, but not by Benedict\'s meeting my expectations
Benedict\'s Plantation was a beautiful wedding venue for my November 2010 wedding. However, I was extremely disappointed Read more...
Benedict\'s Plantation was a beautiful wedding venue for my November 2010 wedding. However, I was extremely disappointed in the service of the staff, food that was not provided but listed in the contract, and lack of response from the staff following my wedding. I will always remember the night as being the best night of my life because it was beautiful and special, but not by Benedict\'s meeting my expectations Read less
Services Used: Catering
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ladylam1980
Wedding:
5/29/2010
4.4/5.0
The best place in the world to have a wedding. they make all your dreams come true.
The best place in the world to have a wedding. they make all your dreams come true.
The best place in the world to have a wedding. they make all your dreams come true. Read less
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barrel410racer
Wedding:
10/16/2009
4.5/5.0
The food was unbelievable..............actually superb! The venue it self was beautiful. We got married outside area. They were willing to work with you on most things. The owner came off rude at first but she turned out to be very nice. I think everybody has bad days sometimes. I gave a 3.5 on value because I dont think it was all worth what we paid. But it was our wedding. Overall I would definatly recommed this venue to get married.
The food was unbelievable..............actually superb! The venue it self was beautiful. We got married outside area. They Read more...
The food was unbelievable..............actually superb! The venue it self was beautiful. We got married outside area. They were willing to work with you on most things. The owner came off rude at first but she turned out to be very nice. I think everybody has bad days sometimes. I gave a 3.5 on value because I dont think it was all worth what we paid. But it was our wedding. Overall I would definatly recommed this venue to get married. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/10/2008
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and fun filled wedding! The ceremony was located outside and was lit up by white lights in the gardens around us, candles down the isle, it was beautiful! The reception was fantastic as well! The set up of tables and food allowed easy access to the dance floor, restroom, bar, everything! The decor was also very elegant. The food - I have not heard enough from our guest about how wonderful the food was! My husband and I kept ourselves busy and did not eat at the reception, but enjoyed the delicious food when we left.
I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and fun filled wedding! The ceremony was located outside and was lit up by Read more...
I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and fun filled wedding! The ceremony was located outside and was lit up by white lights in the gardens around us, candles down the isle, it was beautiful! The reception was fantastic as well! The set up of tables and food allowed easy access to the dance floor, restroom, bar, everything! The decor was also very elegant. The food - I have not heard enough from our guest about how wonderful the food was! My husband and I kept ourselves busy and did not eat at the reception, but enjoyed the delicious food when we left. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue, Unique Services

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