December 13, 2012

Southern Maine restaurants make New Year's Eve special

By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

Several restaurants around southern Maine are planning special events and menus for New Year's Eve. Here is a listing of some of them. We'll be updating the list in Food & Dining as the holiday approaches.

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The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport plans an elegant black-tie party featuring dinner, a kitchen tour and live music.

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The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport is serving up two festive holiday cocktails this season – one for Scrooge and one for Santa, baby.

For those who are not exactly feeling in the holiday spirit, there's "The Grinch," a drink made with Maine's own Cold River Gin that has a green tint, thanks to a dash of Chartreuse.

For the merrier revelers, there's the Spicy Hot Chocolate Martini, a decadent blend of dark chocolate liqueur, cognac and Absolut Peppar vodka. – Meredith Goad, staff writer


¼ ounce Chartreuse

½ ounce St. Germain

1½ ounce Cold River Gin

Combine ingredients. Add a squeeze of orange and an orange twist. Stir and serve on the rocks.


2 ounces Godiva Dark Liqueur

¾ ounce Navan Cognac

¼ ounce Absolut Peppar

Combine ingredients. Add ice. Shake. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar.



Natalie's at the Camden Harbour Inn, 83 Bay View St., will be serving a three-course dinner at 5:30 p.m. and an eight-course dinner at 8 p.m. that will include a countdown party with live music, a complimentary Champagne toast, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and party favors. The full menus will be posted online at For reservations, call 236-7008.



The Good Table, 527 Ocean House Road (Route 77), will be "dressing up" the restaurant with white linens, candles, bubbly and a special menu featuring choices of eight appetizers, eight entrees and six desserts. The meal will begin with apps such as raw oysters, a pear and Stilton salad and a braised brisket slider. Entree options include a natural ribeye with a red wine demi glace, pan-seared jumbo scallops with a toasted hazelnut Spanish sherry cream, lobster pot pie, stuffed game hen and rack of lamb. Dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. only, and reservations are required. Call 799-4663.


Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Road (Route 77), will serve a four-course dinner for $75 per person, or $100 with a wine flight. The menu will ring out the old by bringing back some old favorites, such as French onion soup and baked Alaska bread pudding. Reservations will be taken from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call 799-3134.



The Damariscotta River Grill, 155 Main St., will serve a three-course prix fixe menu specially designed by chef Rick Hirsch and his team. Cost will be $38-48, depending on entree selection. The special menu is available a la carte as well. Dinner will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 563-2992 for reservations.


The White Barn Inn, 37 Beach Ave., is throwing a lavish black-tie affair with gowns, tuxedos and an elegant dinner menu with wine pairings. The evening will begin with canapes at 7 p.m., followed by the dinner seating at 8 p.m. There will be live music and a midnight toast with grand chef Jonathan Cartwright, followed by a special kitchen tour. The cost is $290 per person, not including tax, beverage and gratuity. Call 967-2321 for reservations.


One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, will serve a four-course dinner for $75 per person, featuring dishes such as grilled Maine lobster drizzled with tarragon butter atop Israeli couscous and marinated artichokes, and grilled rack of lamb with fingerling potatoes, white asparagus and whole mustard cream sauce and raspberry marjolaine. A wine pairing will be offered for $25 per person. For reservations, call 967-2621.


Academe at The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main St., will be serving Comfort Food Classics, familiar flavors prepared with the chefs' modern interpretation. The a la carte menu will include apps such as classic French onion soup with smoked gruyere cheese gratin. For an entree, a typical dish will be Triple Threat Fried Chicken & Waffles, served with egg nog waffles, spiced honey, toasted pecans and ranch slaw. Dessert choices include a miniature fresh cherry pie a la mode. To view the entire menu, go to For reservations, call 985-3351.



Walter's, 2 Portland Square, will serve its full winter seasonal menu with two local fish specials. Dinner hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. The bar will be open from 5 to close. For reservations, call 871-9258.

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