There's nothing wrong with pouring a little extra rum in your eggnog.
But apparently the festivities of Christmas have left us all with fuzzy memories about what to do for New Year's Eve. There's a lot going on at Valley restaurants, and thankfully, Chow Bella contributor Shannon Armour has already rounded up a lot of goodies in her daily Eater's Digest posts. Here are some highlights of what she found:
Latilla at The Boulders Resort will host an extravagant five-course dinner from 6 till 9:30 p.m.. The menu will feature Kabocha Squash Veloute, Ghost Chili Popcorn, and your choice of two main course and three desserts. $125++ for each adult and $29 for children ages 12 and under. Click here to view the full menu.
Lon's at the Hermosa is also hosting a lavish New Years Eve celebration complete with foie gras, truffles, oysters and Kobe beef. Complete with wine pairings the five-course dinner will run you $205++. If you skip the wine, it's only $150. Call 602-955-7878 for more details or to make reservations.
For a more family-friendly New Years Eve, check out the Pointe Hilton's Squaw Peak Resort's Yote the Coyote's New Year's Eve Party. Dinner reservations start at 6 p.m. at Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant. The evening continues with lots of games, arts & crafts, s'mores making and the kiddos can even watch the ball drop at 10 p.m. and enjoy a sparkling cider toast. Purchase an all inclusive package for 2 adults and 2 children for $199 which includes suite accommodations, dinner for 4 and fun! 1-800-876-4683 for reservation and use group code NEWYRS.
Jump on the light rail and live it up at Cheuvront's New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner. Chef Ryan Rivera has created an exceptional menu to ring in 2011. Dinner starts with either Thai lobster soup or a roasted goat cheese salad; then pick your entree -- filet mignon, duck confit or dover sole; and finish up with apple cobbler or chocolate crepes. Seating starts at 5 p.m. and is limited. Reservations are required. $80 ++ per person. Click here for details.
Petite Maison will also be dishing out New Years Eve Dinner. For $79 ++ per person you can enjoy a four-course meal starting with truffle and chanterelle bisque and diver scallops. Move on to a main course of steak and lobster with crab fricassee and duchesse potatoes and then finish with a Grand Marnier souffle. Wine pairings are available for $35 extra. Reservations are required. Call 480-991-6887 to reserve your table.
Just around the corner, Christopher's will be ringing in the new year with a four-course tasting menu created by Chef Christopher Gross. The tasting menu will feature lobster pot pie, chestnut soup with foie gras, rack of lamb, scallops, venison, raspberry mousse macaroons and more. $65 ++ per person, $100 ++ per person with wine pairing by Sommelier Paola Embry. Dinner will be served from 5 to 11 p.m.. Call 602-522-2344 for reservations.
Blanco Tacos + Tequila will feature a three-course dinner for two for just $40. The price includes Guacamole or Queso Fundido, tacos, chicken mole, or fajitas, and a margarita for each of you. Dinner starts after 5:30 p.m. 480-305-6692
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Bloom in Gainey Village will offer a prix-fixe menu with several options to please picky palettes for $55 ++ per person from 5:30 p.m. to close. Main courses include Maine Lobster, New York Steak, Mu Shu Duck, Rack of Lamb, or Yellowtail Tuna. Treat yourself to something special from the extensive wine list (not included in the price of dinner) to complement your meal. 480-922-5666.
The Greene House and NoRTH, both located at Kierland Commons in North Scottsdale, will extend a warm welcome to you and your New Year's date with their prix-fixe dinners featuring your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. $55 ++ per person click here for the full menus.
For a more luxe New Year's Eve Dinner, make your reservations for Modern Steak at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The three-course meal features Maine Lobster Chowder, Grilled Artichokes, Filet Mignon, Turbot, Dark Chocolate Cake, and more. $85 ++ per person. 480-423-7000
And lastly, Olive & Ivy at the Scottsdale Waterfront will feature a contemporary Mediterranean menu with dishes such as house smoked salmon, hummus, veal & spinach ravioli, lamb, Cabernet truffle torte, and more. $55 ++ per person. 480-751-2200