Monday, December 9, 2013
By Meredith Goad firstname.lastname@example.org
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The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport plans an elegant black-tie party featuring dinner, a kitchen tour and live music.
Press Herald file
MAKE MERRY THE WHITE BARN INN WAY
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.
SPICY HOT CHOCOLATE MARTINI
2 ounces Godiva Dark Liqueur
¾ ounce Navan Cognac
¼ ounce Absolut Peppar
Combine ingredients. Add ice. Shake. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar.
Bar Lola, 100 Congress St, will be offering a five-course menu for $55 per person. Call 775-5652 or go to barlola.net for reservations.
BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe, 23 Forest Ave., will be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature a four-course menu for $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests will be able to choose from five appetizers, ranging from Maine lobster sliders on house-made brioche bun to roasted proscuitto-wrapped gorgonzola-stuffed pear. The five choices for entree will include Dijon-crusted rack of lamb and poached Atlantic salmon with asparagus beurre blanc. There will be five desserts, ranging from mini Madd Apple pockets to creme caramel. The complete menu will be posted on the restaurant's website, bibosportland.com. For reservations, call 774-9698 or reserve online.
Bresca, 111 Middle St., will celebrate the food and wine of the Veneto region of Italy with "A Venetian Holiday." Chef Krista Desjarlais will serve five courses for $85. Wine pairings are $35 extra. For reservations, call 772-1004.
Nosh Kitchen Bar, 551 Congress St., will serve fun snacks, "cool drinks" and have a free Champagne toast during its New Year's Eve party, which will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music will be from DJ Nicotine and others. The evening will culminate in a sandwich contest. Chef Jason Loring will choose the winner, and the winning sandwich will go on the restaurant's winter menu. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call 553-2227 or go online to noshkitchenbar.com.
Maria's Italian Ristorante, 337 Cumberland Ave., will feature a three-course traditional Italian New Year dinner. Entrees will include slow roasted prime rib Florentine and crab-stuffed haddock Milanese. A specialty dessert, Pinoli Carmel Ricotta Cheesecake, will finish the meal. The cost is $45 per person. For reservations, call 772-9232.
Carmen at the Danforth, 163 Danforth St., will celebrate New Year's eve with tasting menus, wine flights and live music. The first seating will be at 6 p.m. and feature a four-course tasting menu for $80, with wine pairings an extra $40. Courses will include Maine lobster with boniato gnocchi and lobster-saffron nage, poached sturgeon with smoked calabaza risotto, and Kobe boneless short ribs with creamy artisan manchego polenta. The second seating will be at 8:30 p.m. and includes a Champagne reception, a five-course tasting menu, party favors and live music for $125 per person. Wine pairings are $50 extra. Guests who stay at the inn will receive Champagne chilled in their room, a discount on the New Year's Eve dinner and a morning-after breakfast of lobster Benedict. For reservations, call 358-7103.
Grace, 15 Chestnut St., will hold its regular dinner service, with specials, with the last reservation at 8:30 p.m. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. there will be live jazz from Standard Issue, followed by a DJ for the restaurant's fourth annual New Year's Eve party at 10 p.m. A $10 cover charge at the door will benefit the Center for Grieving Children. The night will end with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 828-4422.
Five Fifty-Five, 555 Congress St., will be celebrating its 10th New Year's Eve by traveling back to the 1920s Prohibition era, and diners are welcome to wear dress appropriate to the time period. Cocktails for the evening will reflect that era, and there will be a complimetary Champagne toast at midnight. The restaurant will offer a five-course dinner with choices for $100. Wine pairings and extras optional. For reservations, call 761-0555.
Petite Jacqueline, 190 State St., will be offering a three-course dinner for $60 per person, with optional wine and Champagne pairings. Call 553-7044 for reservations.
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