King Patrick Van Hoorebeek

The larger-than-life and colorful Patick van Hoorebeek is one of the founders of The Krewe of Cork and is The Krewe’s Royal King for Life. He is the quintessential New Orleans Host and owner of Patrick’s Bar Vin, where he displays his innate talent of making every single guest feel like the most important guest.

As a young child in Brussels, Patrick would return home from boarding school to spend the weekend at his parents’ fine dining restaurant. To the delight of patrons, he would dress as a little chef and help man the rotisserie station, carefully saucing the chicken and walk among the tables to ask how the meals were. When he dined out with his family, he recalls that he was, “always in a little blazer and grey flannels”. To this day, Patrick believes “that dining should be an occasion, and that dressing for it shows respect for the food and for your fellow diners. It’s good karma”.

Since 1986, Patrick has had a legendary career in New Orleans as front-of-the-house manager, spending 18 years at the Bistro at Maison de Ville. He then brought his talent and flair to The Windsor Court Hotel, Versailles, Peristyle, The Rib Room, Restaurant August and played an integral role in opening the Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

In June of 2022, the local oenophile and wine expert, was honored with the rank of Cavaleiro (Knight) in the Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Brotherhood & Sisterhood). He was knighted by George Sandeman, who served as Grand marshal for The Krewe of Cork in 2014. The organization was established with the purpose of communicating, promoting and reinforcing the worldwide reputation of Port Wine. The title is given to those who have been recognized for having made a commitment and by their actions, reputations, or position made a significant contribution to the image and knowledge of Port Wine. Cheers to Sir Patrick!

When not at Bar Vin, the bon vivant can be seen around town impeccably dressed from head to toe. Some days he is seen sporting an elegant classic look, always with a pop of color, and other days, he is sporting a look that will rival any rock star.

King Patrick, who often declares, “It’s good to be King”, can be seen every year leading his Dionysian revelers through the French Quarter, as they celebrate all things wine.