(AP) — In this Dec. 7, 2012 photo, executive chef Kristin Butterworth poses for a photograph with her reveillon menu at the Grill Room of the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.
Roughly 50 restaurants in New Orleans are reviving an old Creole custom called reveillon, which stems from the old French tradition of eating a lavish meal after midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history.