Editor’s Note: Holidays at Home

In 2014, I was invited to my first Réveillon dinner at the home of a friend. Having grown up in Kentucky, the tradition was new to me, but it was love at first bite (after bite, after bite). Friends and loved ones gathering for a lavish, post-Midnight Mass meal? Sign me up. Much to my surprise and delight, I later learned that myriad restaurants in New Orleans carry on the tradition. From Brigsten’s in Uptown to Galatoire’s in the French Quarter — and a lot of places between — there are plenty of choices for a festive, no fuss réveillon dinner.

Since that first year when we experienced réveillon in the welcoming abode of our friend, however, I’ve noticed that more and more people are hosting at home. Perhaps its the all-too-common habit of humans to pull family and friends closer during uncertain times, or maybe it’s a yearning as adults to recreate some of our own childhood experiences for the younger generation — whatever the reason, I’m here for it.

Which is why for our winter entertaining feature on page 60, we created a réveillon dinner to remember. We also combined the best of all worlds — entertaining at home with the help of a talented New Orleans chef. In this case, we partnered with the newly revived Gabrielle Restaurant’s husband-and-wife team Greg and Mary Sonnier, but take your pick of your favorite chef or catering company in town. It’s a win-win.

Home cooks, of course, will want to bring their own razzle dazzle and if you are open to something less traditional, turn to page 28 for a delectable family recipe from Chef Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna.
However you choose to celebrate the holidays this year, from our krewe to yours, may it be merry, bright and filled with warmth — and great food, naturally. Cheers!