In New Orleans, restaurants are helping continue the tradition of Reveillon Dinner with special prix fixe menus through the month of December. Reveillon dinners are part of a tradition that has its roots in Creole culture. After Christmas Eve service, church-goers would go home to feast on cakes, pastries and pies to celebrate Christmas morning. The tradition has been on the decline with home cooks during the holiday season, but local chefs have made it their job to keep the tradition going. From now until January 2016, chefs at some of the best restaurants in the city are crafting three course, prix fixe menus that celebrate Creole cuisine. Restaurants like Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, and Kingfish are all serving Creole classics like fried oysters Rockefeller and jambalaya to holiday diners in the name of preserving this tradition.
For many chefs, the dinners are about the holidays but also about exploring the cuisine and heritage of New Orleans that come together to create its unique food and restaurant culture. "I like to make food fun while also representing who I am, where I grew up and what I like to eat," says chef Nathan Richard of Galatoire’s in the French Quarter. Read more.