Mardi Gras was the last day Christians could eat des mets gras (fatty foods) before enduring 40 days of prayer and meat abstinence, until Easter. This day announced the beginning of Carême (Lent). It marks in a climactic fashion the end of la semaine des sept jours gras (week of seven fat days fat), once called jours charnels (carnal days).
For one evening, we invite our friends to join us for our own Jour Charnel, a lead-in to the festivities extending to Tuesday.
We will share a five-course meal with wine pairings, celebrating the marriage of French and American traditions with Bayou plates and American wines inspired by the French old-country.