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Why December? Christmas in New Orleans is a month long event. Some of the greatest restaurants in the world offer 3, 4, and 5 course meals at unreasonably low prices. Add that to the already rich history, tours, shopping, and scenary and it would be a crime to waste such a great opportunity.
Derived from the French word for 'awakening,' réveillon (pronounced REH-vee-yon) originally was a meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Early New Orleans was almost entirely Catholic, and virtually the entire community would participate in these ceremonies. Families would return from the late-night service famished and set upon a feast prepared in advance and laid out on the table or sideboard. A typical early reveillon menu looked very much like breakfast, with egg dishes, breads and puddings, but could also include turtle soup, oysters and grillades of veal. Naturally, the Creoles accompanied these rich repasts with wines, cordials and other fortified drinks. The dinners could last for many hours, and by some accounts even until dawn. It was only a matter of time that the event would turn into a month long event and extend to some of the best restaurants the city has to offer.
A link to a list of menus and restaraunts participating is at the bottom.
Being that this is our first annual retreat, registration will be free. While we are not restricting anyone due to age, we are focusing on young Apostolic Singles (Ages 20-39).
The future of this annual retreat will be decided mostly on the attendees this year. We will meet daily at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm at the Hilton Riverside for people to touch base and split into groups. Think of Reveillon 2013 as a vacation where you can meet other Apostolics just like you.
We've reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Riverside (www.hiltonneworleansriverside.com) under "Reveillon Retreat" for the 12th and 13th. No rooms are available for Saturday the 14th. You are, however, free to stay anywhere you'd like. I will be available for the entire week in case anyone wants to come early or stay longer.
For a list of restaraunts and menu options, you can visit https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/?post_type=mcm_reveillion