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Whale Week, A Celebration of Splurge Dining, Starts Now

Starting now, and ending, oh, about 6 p.m. on Friday, Eater will be celebrating the people that love spending money on food and wine in New Orleans. It's a little something we like to call Whale Week, and while its corresponding with the Super Bowl? OMGWTF?? We'll be highlighting these high-rollers (or "whales" as some industry people like to call them), and the places where they love to part with their cash.

At this point, you may be wondering: Why Whales? Why now? Why with the Super Bowl OMGWTF? Well, for one thing, this is the time of the year when people get their year-end bonuses. Hopefully, Eater can provide some ideas on how and where to spend that dough. It's also a particularly punishing stretch of the winter (for Saints fans anyways) which is a time when everyone — whales and regular mammals — look for a little extra sizzle in their lives.

All throughout Whale Week, there will be guides to the finest food and drink in the 504, plus maps, testimonials, Champagne, foie gras, celebrity sightings, gold leaf, kobe beef, and oh so much more. If you have a tale of dining excess that you'd like to share with the readers of Eater, send that to the tipline. Or just settle in with some snacks and have some fun.