Many Italians and Italian-Americans celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, typically held on Christmas Eve. The Southern Italian feast — also known as La Vigilia — features seven types of seafood. In New Orleans, two restaurants are offering their takes on the tradition.
At Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com) in the Ace Hotel, an all-star cast of chefs prepares a multi-course meal Dec. 12. Chefs include Peche's Ryan Prewitt, Steven Stryjewski of Cochon and Cochon Butcher, Coquette's Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig, Nina Compton of Compere Lapin, Seaworthy's Daniel Causgrove and the Josephine Estelle crew of Andy Ticer, Michael Hudman, Chris Borges, Breanne Kostyk and Justin Koslowsky. There's a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner costs $125 and includes cocktails, dinner, wine and dessert.
Some of the proceeds will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network (www.healthygulf.org), a nonprofit that works to reduce pollution in Gulf waterways and preserve wetlands. Call the restaurant for reservations.
Chef Nick Lama's Uptown Italian restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com) is offering a Seven Fishes menu through Dec. 30. A five-course menu is $70 and wine pairings also are available. For reservations, visit the restaurant's website.