Every year in New Orleans, Hanukkah is celebrated with food, fun and festive events. We’ve got a Mobile Menorah Parade, virtual cooking classes and plenty of options for latkes. Here’s how we’re celebrating Hanukkah in New Orleans, this December 10-18.
This year, Hanukkah begins on December 10 and ends on December 18. Celebrate the season with the Mobile Menorah Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Watch as cars parade from Chabad (7037 Freret St.), down St. Charles in the CBD/French Quarter/Marigny and then back Uptown. Remember to mask up and keep your distance from others – there are plenty of spots along the route to enjoy the procession.
Chanukah at Riverwalk is an annual tradition here in New Orleans, and this year we’re celebrating virtually. Tune into Chabad of Louisiana’s Facebook Live on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. to see the menorah lighting and more. The theme is honoring our healthcare heroes and will feature representatives of the healthcare community.
Latkes, labneh and more
Grab the little ones for a virtual latke party with Chef Alon Shaya of Saba on Saturday, Dec. 13. First, Saba will provide shopping lists for you to grab everything you need ahead of the class. Then, kids can tune in at 1 p.m. for the chef’s cooking class where they’ll learn the inner workings of Saba’s delicious take on the latke. Head online for more details.
From the self-proclaimed “Latke Daddy” himself comes a collection of latkes that can only be found at select New Orleans restaurants this Hanukkah season. There’s the “Bayou Daddy” made with two latkes and harissa shrimp étouffée, the “Sloppy Daddy” with latkes and lamb ragu and the “Shroomy Daddy” with latkes, grilled oyster mushrooms and mushroom gravy. Find the latkes at Palm & Pine on 12/8 and 12/15, Zony Mash on 12/12, Happy Raptor Distillery on 12/19 and Parleaux Beer Lab on 12/13 and 12/20.
Celebrate Hanukkah with Seven Nights of Latkes at Marjie’s Grill from December 10-17. Each night, there’s a new twist on the traditional potato pancake, like a French onion soup latke, everything bagel latke and the Ethiopian restaurant Addis NOLA’s take on the latke. Enjoy with the Cajun caviar or a piece of fried chicken. Marjie’s is open for dine in, takeout or delivery.
I Love You Latke is a Hanukkah party year-round, so you know this upcoming holiday season is going to be filled with tasty treats and traditional foods. Order matzo ball soup, chopped liver, kugel and schmear for contactless porch pickup in Gentilly or delivery.
Sufganiyot, or jelly-filled donuts, are another star of the Hanukkah table. Many different bakers across the city are putting their own twists on the sweet treat just in time for the holiday, including Gracious Bakery and Compagnon Bakery.