'Tis The Season For Special Eating

Mary Ann Fitzmorris December 02, 2019 03:00 Reveillon 2019

It’s Réveillion season again. The tradition is French, and it goes back a very long way. It is still practiced in countries outside of France where French traditions are part of the culture.. Belgium, Brazil, the French-speaking Canadian provinces, and here in New Orleans. The French word “réveil” means waking, and it is the practice of going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and gathering for a long feast with family and friends in the wee hours of the morning. The idea is such a warm, convivial one, it’s a wonder it faded away until its revival here about twenty years ago. The special dinners featured in restaurants around town bear no resemblance to this wonderful social and familial tradition, but it's a fun idea anyway. Great menus too. 

Each day on nomenu.com there will be a featured one we like, with a link to all the others for your perusal. It’s fun to participate somehow in this wonderful cultural tradition 

The first great Reveillon we’ve seen is the one at Trenasse in the Intercontinental Hotel. There isn’t anything out of this kitchen we don’t love.

Oysters Rockefeller is the Amuse, followed by a first course choice of Fowl Gumbo or a CBD salad. The second course is Red Snapper with Cauliflower Gratin, or Crispy Boudin Bites. The Entree Course offers a bone-in Pork Chop, or Pan Fried Redfish Meuniere. Dessert is a Spiced Rum Crème Brûlée.

Price is $60.

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