Feast of the 7 Fishes
1st- florida oysters, yuzu zabaglione, caviar
2nd- grilled sardine, caper-raisin- pine nut vinaigrette, arugula
3rd- capitone, stewed fregula, pickled mussels, celery
4th- stuffed squid, black rice, tonnato, crispy sprouts
5th -baccala fritters, pickled hots, garlic, almonds
6th -black orecchiette, clams, broccoli rabe, breadcrumbs
7th -crispy baccala, marinated peppers, hot oil, polenta
Join us at The White Bull for our first ever week-long dinner event, Feast of the Seven Fishes! Beginning
Monday, December 17th through Sunday, December 23rd, we’ll be offering our own version of the
traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve dinner alongside our regular menu. The even better news? 25%
of all proceeds will be donated to The Giving Kitchen Initiative, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that
provides financial assistance to those in need within the local restaurant community. Nothing spreads
holiday cheer quite like the act of giving back, so swing by The White Bull to partake in this special event
while you’re at it!
Although the origin and significance behind Feast of the Seven Fishes is still up for debate, this celebrated
Italian custom revolves around a delicious multi-course dinner mainly comprised of fish and other fresh
seafood from the briny deep. Typically held on “La Vigilia,” or Christmas Eve, this meatless feast is intended
to bring family and friends together in celebration of the holiday season. While our seven-course prix fixe
menu represents many of the meal’s traditional elements, in true White Bull style, we’ll be putting our own
spin on things—something you won’t want to miss.
But what’s with all the fish, you ask? We’ll break it down for you.
Although Feast of the Seven Fishes is perhaps more widely celebrated among Italian-American families
than those of the Old Country, it’s no secret that fresh seafood is a staple in Italian cuisine. With the
Adriatic, Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean Seas surrounding the boot of Italy, the majority of the
country’s 20 regions have access to fresh “frutti di mare,” largely influencing the Italian diet. But not only
does geographic location play an important role, longstanding religious tradition does as well. The act of
eating fish on Christmas Eve dates back to the Roman Catholic custom of abstaining from meat and other
animal products on holy days—Christmas included. And while many Italian-American families serve
anywhere from seven to thirteen dinner courses, it’s believed that the lucky number seven refers to the
seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, the seven hills of Rome, the seven days of creation, and so on.
But all religious symbolism aside, at its core, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is an opportunity for family and
friends to come together this holiday season. Celebrate at The White Bull by making your reservation with
To learn more about The Giving Kitchen Initiative and all the great work that they do, click here.