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Reveillon Dinners – Restaurant Deals for Christmas New Orleans Style

November 26th, 2012 by insideout

If you come to New Orleans…you better EAT OUT!

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.

Holiday Happenings in New Orleans

December 10th, 2010 by bbnola

Aerial view of Buche de Noel

Try a slice of Buche de Noel during a New Orleans Reveillon.

December is a glorious time to visit the city of New Orleans.

For starters, it’s a steal. Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer Papa Noel rates and specials through much of December. Some rooms are priced as low as $50 / night (top that!), while others offer deep discounts and complimentary bottles of wine. It’s hard to imagine such prices for luxurious inns. Merry Christmas, everyone!

As has been written before in these pages, New Orleans doesn’t need much of an excuse to party. Just about anything merits a celebration complete with food and music, and the Christmas season is no different. While the Christmas spirit spreads itself throughout the city, a couple of  “must see and do” ideas leap to mind.

One is Miracle on Fulton Street. The pedestrian plaza on Fulton Street between Lafayette and Poydras streets is transformed into a magical wonderland through January 2, 2011. Anchoring the decorations is Macy’s 30′ Tremendous Tree. No matter what the weather is doing in the rest of New Orleans, snow will fall at some point each day on Fulton Street in the illuminated tunnel. There really is nothing like this tunnel of light, ornaments and trees.

Another is Reveillon. Le réveillon is French for ‘awakening’. Creole families in the New Orleans of old had an interesting custom – one not unique to them but one embraced with their usual joie de vivre. After Midnight Mass (New Orleans was predominantly Catholic), Creole families would return home to feast until the light of dawn. Traditional Réveillons included rich foods like oysters, shellfish, and maybe turtle soup.

Today, New Orleans restaurants have a modern twist on the Réveillon. Throughout the month of December, participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus at reduced prices. Réveillons are an opportunity for locals and visitors to try new restaurants for a fraction of the cost. In 2010, Galatoire’s is serving duck andouille gumbo; Brigtsen’s is serving Turtle soup and egg nog creme brulee; and Brennan’s is serving Eggs Hussarde.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts dress for the holidays, too. They’re a glorious place to spend part of December.