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Galatoire's table auction for the Friday before Christmas 

  Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; www.galatoires.com) doesn't accept reservations for tables in its main dining room, but twice a year, patrons can buy them. The first of two winter table auctions is Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the restaurant, and patrons can bid on reservations for lunch on the Friday (Dec. 20) before Christmas. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres are served at 5:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the auction cost $50 per couple and $25 for each additional guest.

  Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Galatoire's Foundation, Cafe Reconcile (www.cafereconcile.org) and the Idea Village (www.ideavillage.org). The Galatoire's Foundation was created in 2010 and its past beneficiaries have included Children's Hospital, Covenant House, Louisiana SPCA, The NOCCA Institute and other organizations. Since the first auction in 2006, the events have raised a total of $850,000. The foundation hopes to surpass the $1 million mark with proceeds from the two events. The second auction is Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, when patrons can bid on reservations for Feb. 28, 2014, the Friday before Fat Tuesday. Contact Christi Broussard at (504) 525-6022 for reservations to the auction.

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