News for Restaurants in New Orleans
Every year on Christmas Eve in New Orleans, hundreds (maybe thousands) of people eat dinner in the middle of the night. That is because the tradition of fasting until taking communion at midnight mass is alive and well. It is called Reveillon (literally translated to "awakening"). This year, 41 local restaurants have created special Reveillon menus, ranging in price from $38 to $90, not including tax and gratuity. Many of the restaurants are in the French Quarter, catering to the many families and individuals who attend midnight mass at the historic St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square. These are festive dinners that usually last for at least a couple of hours, and generally run four to six courses. Menus are being updated daily at http://www.neworleansonline.com/holiday/ and reservations are essential.
For those who thought there's nothing new that can happen with lunch, it may be time to check out Mat & Naddie's Cafe. Mat & Naddie's debuted its new "Meat & 3" concept. Here's how it works: You choose an entrée, ranging in price from $8.95 to $12.95, and for another five bucks you get three side items. Sides include a range of items such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, okra and tomatoes, Belgian fries, cole slaw, beet salad, mixed green salad, soup, green bean casserole and other rotating dishes. Or, for an extra $2.50 you can choose two side items. There are those who say you haven't lived until you taste Mat & Naddie's cornbread muffins, which are included with every meal. Reservations are a good idea. Mat & Naddie's Cafe, 937 Leonidas St., New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-861-9600.
In the French Quarter, Cafe Giovanni is synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine. Couple that with the big personality of chef Duke LoCicero, and it is no wonder the place is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Chef Duke, not one to rest on his laurels, used the anniversary occasion to announce big plans for the lakefront area of New Orleans. Duke plans to open a newly constructed seafood restaurant and fish market in the very space where Hurricane Katrina decimated some fo the city's most beloved seafood restaurants. The new enterprise will reportedly include a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and a 375-foot dock. He is building the restaurant 18 feet off the ground, with sturdy windows that can withstand up to 130 mph winds. The ambitous construction plan calls for a June 2013 completion. Dinner nightly. Cafe Giovanni, 117 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-529-2154.
View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in New Orleans
Current News View archived news: February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008