In the 19th century, the Creoles celebrated the "Reveillon", or "awakening" during the Christmas season, a custom inherited from the Europeans. The families got together on Christmas Eve, and then went to Midnight Mass together. The Catholic Creoles broke the daylong religious fast with a large meal on their return home. They would have an elaborate meal consisting of chicken and oyster gumbo, game pies, soups, souffles, lavish desserts, brandy and coffee. The celebration would go on through the wee hours of the morning.
The second Reveillon came on New Year's Eve, and was even more festive and sumptuous. In 21st century New Orleans, we still celebrate Reveillon, but do it every night during the holiday season. You don't have to be a Creole or have a home in the city these days. Many restaurants have special menus that honor the tradition in high style. We have highlighted just a few available feasts.
The menus vary and the cost usually runs between $45.00 and $90.00 depending on the restaurant and menu. Here are some sample menus
from restaurants around town.
Some Particpating Restaurants:
Outside of The French Quarter: