Tujague’s to Host Traditional New Orleans ‘Réveillon’ This Holiday Season
This holiday season, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans is excited to blend traditions of old with new culinary creations. The classic Creole tradition dating back to the mid-1800s known as Réveillon is being celebrated at Tujague’s again this year, but with a fresh spin.
History of Réveillon
In the largely Catholic city of New Orleans, French Creole families historically gathered for Réveillon (French for “awakening”) – an “after party” of sorts, where guests were served an impressive multi-course meal after midnight mass, followed by singing and dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Réveillon was typically celebrated twice a year – once on Christmas Eve and once on New Year’s Eve – as families would return ravishingly hungry after a day of fasting prior to the traditional midnight mass at St. Louis Cathedral. These extravagant meals typically included egg dishes, fresh game, gumbo, sweet breads, fruit, coffee, brandy and more.
The Tradition Continues at Tujague’s
This holiday season, Tujague’s is serving a modern interpretation of this traditional feast, inspired by the ancient Creole tradition. Throughout the month of December, Chef Thomas Robey presents a pre-fixe four-course meal that includes Duck Confit Crostini, Lobster Bisque, Braised Colorado Lamb Shank and a Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.
Today’s Réveillon need not be enjoyed after midnight or a long fast – you can share in the tradition with your nearest and dearest from December 1st-30th (not served on Christmas Day) between 5-9 PM Sunday-Thursday, or 5-10 PM Friday and Saturday.
View our full Réveillon menu, or call 504-525-8676 to reserve your table today.
Now accepting reservations, with private rooms still available. This will be the only menu served on Christmas Eve. Limited seating is still available for Christmas Eve.