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The Saint and the Sausage
St. Andrew has a street named for him in the Lower Garden District but otherwise has not been a big deal in New Orleans. That may change after this Saturday's inaugural St. Andrew's Day celebration at the Bywater wine shop Bacchanal (600 Poland Ave., 948-9111) beginning at 4 p.m. Steven Stryjewski, co-chef of Cochon, will cater the event, a gig that includes making kielbasa for a sausage-eating contest at the festival. The celebration also features vodka tastings, a bagpipe-led parade, a scavenger hunt, tarot card readings and live music. The event is produced by the same folks who orchestrate the annual New Orleans version of the running of the bulls, where roller derby players stand in for bulls. Details on both events are online at

Revving Up Reveillon
Restaurant reveillon dinners, the modern spin on a local Christmas tradition, are back this holiday season. Originally, a reveillon was an extravagant meal served in a Creole New Orleanian home after a long Christmas Eve mass. The tradition nearly died out during the 20th century, but was revived, revamped and moved to restaurants by French Quarter Festivals Inc., the nonprofit that helps promote tourism in the Vieux Carre. This year, 36 fine-dining restaurants have signed up to offer prix fixe, multi-course reveillon dinners. Some are remarkable bargains, with four courses for $40, though prices vary. A list of restaurants and menus is available at, under the reveillon link.

Bidding on Lunch
Galatoire's Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; famously doesn't take reservations for its first-floor dining room, which is precisely where many regulars are determined to be for the celebratory Friday lunches before Christmas and Mardi Gras. Since 2006, however, the restaurant has broken its no-reservations policy in order to turn abnormally high demand for seats into a fundraising machine for local nonprofits. The auction for this year's pre-Christmas Friday lunch is Dec. 1, when the highest bidders will win reservations and auction proceeds will benefit the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and WRBH 88.3 FM, Radio for the Blind. The auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and pre-registration through the restaurant is required. Galatoire's accepts reservations for its second-floor dining room. — McNulty

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