Actor and author Bryan Batt sets the scene for a lush Bacchus Sunday supper in his New Orleans dining room. Here, Bryan shares how he created his setting.
Photo: Kerri McCaffety
One of Bryan’s favorite parades is the Bacchus parade, which occurs on the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday (commonly called Fat Tuesday). In honor of the celebration, he and Tom host a sophisticated Carnival Supper with a nod to the Bacchanal. Lush with magnolia leaves and hydrangeas, the colors and symbols of Mardi Gras are layered throughout: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. “I wanted to create an ambience that paid tribute to the tradition, but in subtler hues,” he says.