Thursday, November 30, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays New Orleans-Style at Acadia in Portland

Located in the Sabin/Irvington neighborhood of Portland, Acadia has been serving modern American cuisine rooted in Louisiana food traditions since 2001.  The restaurant uses locally-grown fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as exclusively wild caught seafood from the Gulf coast and Pacific Northwest. 

Once again, Acadia Bistro chef/owner Seamus Foran is continuing the restaurant’s long-standing tradition of hosting Christmas Eve Réveillion Dinner and a rousing New Year’s Eve.  Derived from the 18th century Creole tradition, “réveillon” comes from the French word for “awakening” and refers to a late night/early morning meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.  Hungry families returning from church services would feast on a sumptuous meal that had been laid out in advance.  Acadia has been hosting a Réveillion Dinner since 2004 and remains a popular option for diners who want to enjoy time out with family and friends, without getting the kitchen dirty.

For both evenings, the set menus consist of four courses of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes, as well as updated classics.  Acadia’s Réveillion Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24th.  The cost is $70 per guest, and reservations are strongly recommended. 

Save room for Bread Pudding!

Acadia’s Réveillion Dinner 

Crawfish Deviled Egg

First Course (choice of):
Hushpuppies with orange horseradish marmalade
Louisiana style BBQ shrimp
Local Chanterelle Mushroom Toast with smoked onion relish and fresh herbs
Cornmeal Fried Willapa Bay Oysters with miso-remoulade 

Second Course (choice of):
Field Greens Salad with creole mustard vinaigrette and crumbled egg
Apple Salad with frisee, feta, roasted beets and orange bourbon vinaigrette
Acadian Gumbo with andouille, blue crab, gulf shrimps, crawfish and okra
Louisiana Snappin’ Turtle Soup with sherry and hard cooked egg 

Entrée Course (choice of):
Grilled NY Striploin with horseradish whipped potatoes, truffle butter, and jus de veau
Confit Duck Leg with cornmeal waffle, winter chicories and red chili honey
Gulf Shrimp Madeleine with watercress and fried onion
Almond Crusted Seabream with delicata squash, blue crab, mandarins and brown butter vinaigrette
Goat Cheese Gnocchi with brown butter fried sage, chanterelle mushrooms, toasted pumpkin seeds, and roasted carrot puree 

Dessert Course (choice of):
Vanilla Bean Bread pudding with toasted pecans and salted whiskey caramel sauce
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with brown butter sea salt ice cream and ganache
Rainbow Carrot Cake with sweet cinnamon chèvre, and candied pepitas

New Year's Eve at Acadia

On Sunday, December 31st, the little Bistro starts rocking again with a special New Year’s Eve multi-course dinner commencing at 5:00 p.m. until the ball drops.  The cost is $60 per guest, reservations strongly recommended.  Menu:

Smoked Tomato Soup

First (choice of):
Hush Puppies orange-horseradish marmalade
Louisiana BBQ Shrimp lemon, butter, black pepper and rosemary
Chanterelle Mushroom & Onion Toast balsamic charred cipollini, fresh herbs
Cornmeal Fried Willapa Bay Oysters with red curry cream and cucumbers

Second (choice of):
Field Greens Salad crumbled egg and creole mustard vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad arugula, baby kale, pomegranate seeds, lemon vinaigrette and whipped chèvre
Cajun Country Gumbo with chicken and andouille sausage

Third (choice of):
Braised Beef Brisket with “round-up” beans and smoked onion relish
Fried Louisiana Catfish with spinach Madeleine dressing, ginger-orange aioli, watercress
Smoked Pork Cheeks with white cheddar grits, bourbon peach jam, and mint gremolata
Louisiana Gulf Shrimp with crawfish stuffing, smoked tomato butter, and celery root remoulade
Goat Cheese Gnocchi with apples, sage, chanterelle mushrooms, pecans and roasted carrot puree

Dessert (choice of):
Bread Pudding with bourbon caramel sauce, pecans, whipped cream
Chocolate Pot de Crème
Carrot Cake with sweet-cinnamon chèvre, pepitas

As the restaurant will be serving only the set menus on these evenings and seating is limited, reservations are recommended.  Call (503) 249-5001 to reserve seats.

About Acadia
Acadia is located at 1303 NE Fremont St. in Portland.  For reservations, please call (503) 249-5001.

Note: Information provided by Heather Jones Consulting and posted as a courtesy.

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