New Orleans Réveillon – Episode #148

Reveillon. M Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton.
Reveillon. M Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton.
Reveillon. M Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton.
2018 Réveillon at M Bistro in the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

New Orleans Réveillon with Ian McNulty

Have you ever heard of Réveillon? These were traditional meals prepared and served after Midnight Mass in the early morning hours of Christmas.

This tradition was carried on in New Orleans until the 1940s when it basically died. In the late 1990s, it was revived by French Quarter restaurants. Today, it is among the most favored holiday traditions in New Orleans.

Listen to my discussion with New Orleans food critic Ian McNulty and learn about Réveillon in New Orleans, where to get a great old fashioned, plus a whole lot more!


Réveillon menus are found at

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If you enjoyed my discussion with Ian McNulty, there are lots of ways to get a second helping. Follow Ian on Instagram and Twitter (@IanMcNultyNOLA) to keep up with the latest New Orleans food news.

You can also find his articles over at The New Orleans Advocate. Here is a direct link to the one we discussed about the Old Fashioned:

Take an old fashioned cocktail, add the holidays, stir memories

Ian has written two wonderful books. A Season of Night: New Orleans After Katrina and Louisiana Rambles: Exploring America’s Cajun and Creole Heartland.

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Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

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