The mercury’s well into the 90’s and stepping outside can be as inviting as a wrapping yourself in a warm, wet blanket – but don’t despair, COOLinary time is in the air!
An August tradition, COOLinary New Orleans is the way many of the city’s dining establishments give respite to an overheated public in the form of otherwise unheard of meal-deals: three-course lunches at $20 or less and three-course dinners at $35 or less at over 50 award winning restaurants.
What better way to beat the heat than tucking into New Orleans’ signature vittles at some of the region’s best eateries?
While our historic city is famous for many things – music and Mardi Gras probably being numbers one and two, a close third is our food. Oh, Creole and Cajun cuisine, how I love thee.
For the holidays, have an exceptional dining experience unique to New Orleans. The Reveillon dinner is a reincarnation of an old Creole holiday custom. Reveillon dinners began as a family tradition; they are now enjoyed in an extravaganza of good food and festive spirits at two dozen local New Orleans restaurants.
Reveillon is derived from the French word for ‘awakening,’ and refers to the meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. According to FrenchQuarter.com, “early New Orleans was almost entirely Catholic, and virtually the entire community would participate in these ceremonies. Families would return from the late-night service famished and set upon a feast prepared in advance and laid out on the table or sideboard. A typical early reveillon menu looked very much like breakfast, with egg dishes, breads and puddings, but could also include turtle soup, oysters and grillades of veal. Naturally, the Creoles accompanied these rich repasts with wines, cordials and other fortified drinks. The dinners could last for many hours, and by some accounts even until dawn.”
Now the Reveillon dining tradition is found in restaurants all over the city. Sample dishes like Louisiana Oysters Poached in Herbsaint Cream with Caviar and Crispy Spinach, and Chocolate Truffle Brioche Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce.
Set menus start at an affordable $38 for a four-course meal at the Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter. Check out all the Reveillon restaurant deals in New Orleans this Christmas.
With all that great food and drink, you will need a lodging experience that can match. Many of our New Orleans bed and breakfasts are also offering specials for the holiday season. Stay somewhere that is as unique as the city you visit.