French Quarter Festivals Inc. announced its 2017 Christmas New Orleans Style schedule of events and promotions, which includes concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Catholic Church, dining specials and more. Many specials are available through Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, 2018.
Many local restaurants offer reveillon dinner specials. The name comes from the Creole tradition of a late meal eaten after midnight Mass on Christmas eve. The promotion features special menus at participating restaurants. Commander's Palace offers a seven-course meal including lobster, foie gras, flounder stew, Texas quail and a white chocolate dessert for $100. Upperline Restaurant offers a four-course menu with choices for several courses, such as fish meuniere, rack of lamb or roast duck for an entree, and prices are $46 to $58. There are 48 participating restaurants, and prices range from $25 to $100. Visit www.followyourjoy.com for a list of restaurants and menus.
Reveillon on the Rocks is new this year. Roughly 75 participating restaurants and bars are offering holiday cocktail menus and specials.
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (www.nowfe.com) announced dates for 2018. The culinary festival will be May 23-27. Events include wine dinners at local restaurants May 23 and Grand Tastings at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center May 24-25. NOWFE draws vintners from around the globe, and more than 1,000 types of wine were served at the 2017 event. Other events include seminars on wine and food topics and culinary-themed excursions. — WILL COVIELLO
The food truck Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux (@wings_taylor) announced it will cease operations this week due to mechanical difficulties. Owner Ashon Ruffins made the announcement on the food truck's Facebook page, and said he will try to offer its menu of wings and sauces through catering. — WILL COVIELLO