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The NOLA Tradition of Reveillon Dinners in 2013

The holidays are upon us, and last year we told you about the New Orleans tradition of Reveillon Dinners.  These are special holiday dinners that remind us of the Creole feasts that begon in the 19th century – due to traditions brought over from Europe.  The tradition carries on with just under 50 participating restaurants in NOLA this year.  We are going to tell you about three that are not far from our inn.  When you stay with us at 1896 O’Malley Bed & Breakfast, take part in this New Orleans tradition, and enjoy the holidays our way!

dining room of bombay club decorated for ChristmasThe Bombay Club
The Bombay Club is at 830 Conti St. (2.8 miles away) and reservations can be made by calling (504) 586-0972.  Starting at $46, enjoy four courses of delicious and unique items including Warm Crawfish & Creole Cream Cheese Strudel with Tomato Aioli; Grilled Redfish with Creamed Fingerling Potato-Crab Broth & Fried Crab Wonton; and English Toffee Bread Pudding Topped with White Chocolate Sauce.  These unique offerings will put anyone in the holiday spirit.

Tujague’sDining room with wine cabinet, white tablecloths with napkins
You’ll find Tujague’s, which has been around for 140 years, at 823 Decatur St. (3.4 miles away) and you can make reservations at (504) 525-8676.  Beginning at $45, the four courses include such traditional and flavorful items as Fried Oyster Spinach Salad with Shaved Red Onions, Blue Cheese, Spicy Pecans, Warm Bacon Vinaigrette; House-made Gnocchi with Louisiana Blue Crab and Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce; and good old fashioned Bread Pudding.  This authentic menu will give you a taste of the flavors that make New Orleans a savory adventure!

elegant dining room with white table cloths, drapes, and chandeliers

Restaurant August
Enjoy the unique offerings at Restaurant August at 301 Tchoupitoulas St. (just under 3 miles away).  Make reservations at (504) 299-9777.  Their five course Reveillon meal starts at $97 and features such delicious items as Brouillade aux Truffes, Local Farm Eggs & Butter with Fresh Winter Truffle; Carved Aged Beef Rib-Eye with Oyster Dressing; and Chocolate Torte with Creole Cream Cheese, Pecan & Satsuma Ice Cream.  Chef John Besh, recently rated one of the Top 10 Chefs in America, shares his talent and amazing palate with visitors through a mouth-watering menu.  This delicious dinner will leave you satisfied!

With several restaurants to choose from, you’ll relish in this New Orleans tradition.  We hope you’ll delight in the Reveillon Dinners during your stay with us.  Happy Holidays!

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Continue the NOLA Tradition: Celebration in the Oaks in 2013

Logo for Celebration in the Oaks - an oval with a tree on it

Get in the Holiday spirit during your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast with a visit to the Celebration in the Oaks in City Park from November 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of white lights will dazzle you as they twinkle and light up the 13 gated acres of the oak groves and the rest of the landscape.

mr bingle the snowman display at city park

This is a New Orleans tradition, beloved by natives and visitors alike.  There is something for everyone here including an amusement park with a carousel and train rides.  You won’t want to miss the Cajun Night Before Christmas display as well as Mr. Bingle: a favorite New Orleans snowman.  (This photo of Mr. Bingle is from 2008 and was featured in The Times-Picayune)

Enjoy this holiday display from Thanksgiving through January 4th (closed 12/24-12/31)

Admission is $8 per person – children under 3 and friends of City Park are free.  The train ride is $4 and amusement park rides are $3/single ride or $17/unlimited.

Pets are not allowed, and visitors under 18 should be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

City Park has recently added 300 parking spaces right across from the Botanical Gardens.  This is conveniently located close to the entrance to Celebration in the Oaks.  Click here for a map and parking information.

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Christmas in New Orleans – Revillion Feasts

The holidays are here and New Orleans is the place to celebrate in style!  Make your dinner reservations – the restaurants are ready for the Revillion feasts!  For those of you unfamiliar with the Revillion tradition, let me tell you about this festive New Orleans Christmas custom.

“Revillion” means “awakening” and these Creole feasts began during the 19th century, a practice borrowed from passed down from their European heritage.  Originally, Catholic Creoles spent Christmas Eve fasting, and the Revillion dinners were prepared to be enjoyed after Midnight Mass.  Families would return to their homes after the late service ravenous to enjoy the sumptuous Revillion feast that they had prepared.  Overtime, American Christmas customs replaced the Creole holiday customs and Revillion feasts faded away.

The Revillion feasts experienced a reawakening in the 1990′s – and as with other customs, it evolved to accommodate the contemporary New Orleans lifestyle.  Modern Revillion feasts are available in a variety of wonderful restaurants throughout the month of December.  Participating restaurants prepare menus featuring their interpretation of traditional Revillion dishes.  When you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House, make reservations at one of our wonderful restaurants to participate in this New Orleans’ Creole Christmas tradition.

Visit this website for Revillion menus in over 40 local restaurants.

For more information about Revillion feasts, visit FrenchQuarter.com and and About.com – New Orleans Travel.