The holidays have arrived, and with them, the celebrations have begun. This year, as always, we celebrate family and friends. We also celebrate the end of what for many was a tumultuous year, full of ups and downs. We celebrate community and all of those that work together to make the city our home, from hurricane recovery to front line workers during the pandemic to neighborhood get-togethers and porch concerts. And we look ahead at all the celebrations to come in the new year, from Mardi Gras to spring festivals, music, food and more.

December is traditionally our Best of Dining issue, and despite facing a pandemic, New Orleans restaurateurs, chefs, beer brewers, bartenders, and food lovers of all backgrounds have never waned in their creativity. We are excited to celebrate them all with a delicious menu from A to Z of some of the best highlights from this year, plus some debuts to look forward to watching in 2022, as well. From soup to nuts and everything in between, there is truly something for every palate.  

We also highlight some of the top women in medicine across the New Orleans region, working to provide the best healthcare for their patients. Plus, as a year’s end lagniappe, we’ve got some tips on how to celebrate without totally busting your diet (maybe just one slice of pecan pie) and how to avoid the dreaded holiday hangover. 

So, cheers to the end of 2021! Let’s all raise a glass. The new year is right around the corner. Let’s hope it brings good cheer, lots of (safe) celebration, music, food and more.

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