Since its opening in 1905, Galatoire's restaurant has always been recognized as one of the premier dining experiences in the city of New Orleans. But it is not always easy to get a seat at Galatoire's. One of its impenetrable traditions has been a "no reservations" policy; to eat in its first floor dining room, you must queue up without any exceptions...until recently.
Over the last eight years, Galatoire's has held auctions for tables to coincide with its peak days before Christmas and Mardi Gras. Customers have the opportunity to bid for specific tables with the proceeds from the auctions going to charities. Galatoire's custom of mixing good food with good causes certainly helped Operation Homefront - Louisiana/Mississippi recently.
This year, Operation Homefront was one of the beneficiaries of the charity auctions, receiving a $13,000 donation from restaurant owner Melvin Rodrigue. The check represented donations raised for both Christmas and Mardi Gras. Thanks to a fine restaurant for being so generous to our military families.
(Right to Left: Melvin Rodrigue, President of Galatoire's; Geary Mason and Mike Levy, Operation Homefront - Louisiana/Mississippi board members, and David Gooch, manager of Galatoire's)