As the year whittles down to its final days, people everywhere are making good on those pledges to get together again over dinner. In New Orleans, this often calls up a Reveillon, those multi-course menus served this month at a circuit of restaurants around town (see our earlier story on diverse flavors running through this year’s crop).

But not all the special dining event this season fall under the Reveillon umbrella, and for the next few days we’re highlighting a few unique offerings, special menus and Christmas-themed restaurant events.

Avo’s Feast of the Seven Fishes

The new Uptown restaurant Avo was inspired by a deep trove of Italian tradition. The special seafood menu chef Nick Lama is serving this month taps one of them in particular.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Christmas Eve tradition in some Italian families, presented as an array of different seafood dishes. The number represents the seven sacraments of the Catholic faith, and the fish (or other seafood) is served for those abstaining from meat on the holy day. In the same spirit as Lenten fish fries, the symbolism remains even if the festive progression of seafood in these modern feasts hardly seems like a hardship.

When served at home, partaking in the Feast of the Seven Fishes might mean loading your plate with a little of each dish. The restaurant format at Avo follows a different style. Dishes are served a la carte. But if you have some company willing to play along, you can order the full spread to share around the table.

Lama’s menu has lobster bisque; marinated crab legs; fried cuttlefish; panéed shrimp; roasted oysters; shrimp fettuccine; and seared grouper. It’s available at dinner all month, until Dec. 30. Which ever way you approach it, hope for nice weather so the retractable roof over Avo’s patio will be open to the night sky above.


5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550

Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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