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Reveillon Dinner - TBD

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  • We've done Reveillon for the past couple of years during the holiday and I'd like to continue the tradition.  I haven't decided on a venue and the date is flexible.  But I wanted to get it on the calendar so everyone can start thinking about it.  If you have any suggestions or there is a particular place you've been wanting to try, let me know.


    For those not familiar, here is an explanation of this New Orleans tradition:


    Derived from the French word for 'awakening,' reveillon originally was a meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. 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.

    Through the 19th century, American holiday conventions like Christmas trees, gifts for children and shopping frenzies began gradually to establish themselves in New Orleans and supplant many of the Creole traditions. By the turn of the century, reveillon dinners could be found only in traditional homes, and by the 1940s the custom was all but extinct.

    Reawakening the Reveillon
    In the 1990s, however, the reveillon tradition was 'reawakened' and transformed. The organization French Quarter Festivals Inc., interested in attracting travelers to New Orleans during the perennial holiday season lull in convention bookings, approached local restaurants with an idea to offer and promote special holiday menus. Restaurants eagerly embraced the idea and soon so did their local regulars and out of town visitors.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Galvez, Tujague, Muriels & Gumbo Shop are the 4 closest; to jackson square. If we started at 5pm; the caroling in the square starts at 7pm we could do both!!!

    December 6, 2012

  • Sal

    Maybe we can have dinner by the park then walk over to enjoy the music.

    November 25, 2012

  • Ruby S.

    December 16 is the date of the Caroling in Jackson Square.

    November 25, 2012

  • Sal

    Why can't we sign up until Dec 15?

    November 17, 2012

    • Thomika

      Generally, the RSVP function does not open until two weeks before a meetup if it is posted far in advance. This is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to see it and make note. In the past, people would sign up as soon as it was posted, hold that spot, and then cancel at the the last minute when there was a long wait list. That wasn't fair to other members who may have wanted to attend but couldn't. This way, I'm trying to give everyone the same opportunity. And hopefully, people have a better idea of their availability as the event gets closer.

      November 17, 2012

    • Thomika

      I'm still trying to decide on venue. Hopefully I will do that within the next week. Once I have more information, I will post it and the RSVPs will open about two weeks before the date of the meet up.

      November 17, 2012

  • Donalyn S.

    Sounds like fun, would like to go..
    Have to see if ill be working that

    November 2, 2012


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