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Around Town: Where to Raise a Glass This New Year’s Eve

December 31st has a way of sneaking up on us, which means there’s no better time than the present to make those end-of-year plans. Whether you’re in the mood for an intimate evening at a table for two or dancing the night away with 500 of your newest friends, our clients have the perfect New Year’s Eve for you.

An All-American New Year: Celebrate in Every Time Zone at Acova
To celebrate the fact that so many Coloradoans are transplants, Acova Restaurant is celebrating New Year’s Eve with themed toasts for every time zone. That way, all of our transplants can celebrate with their loved ones from around the country. $20 cover includes: four champagne toasts, sampler platters of the new 2019 menu – including blackened ahi tostadas and tomatillo cheese dip and live music from DJ Drew Reges.

Starting Time: 9:30 pm to 1:30am

10pm toast: East Coast/Big Apple: champagne with sliced apple

11pm toast: Midwest: Blackberry-infused champagne. A nod to Champagne, Illinois where these little berries sprout everywhere! Co-owner Betsy Workman grew up outside of Champagne and remembers having blackberry fights with her siblings.

Midnight toast: Colorado: To celebrate the amazing Palisade peaches in our state, there will be champagne with peach slices.

1am toast: West Coast: Paying homage to the Oregon Cherries, there will be a cherry included in each glass.

Parties of six or more can make a reservation by calling the restaurant at 303.736.2718.

Vispera de Año Nuevo at Tamayo
Chef Oscar Padilla of Richard Sandoval’s Tamayo, has created a Latin prix fixe menu, complete with a champagne margarita and midnight beso “kiss” cocktail prepared with mezcal, hibiscus and sour. Guests may choose from appetizers like the duck tostada made with slow-cooked duck, queso Oaxaca, epazote crema fresca and a tres chiles sauce on a blue corn tortilla; a selection of decadent entrees like the lobster and shrimp Yucatan atop roasted corn puree, served with chive-habanero aioli and chile arbol sauce; and desserts such as the tres leches bread putting or chocolate mousse cake with Patron Café sauce, salted caramel ice cream and chocolate tuile. To kick-off the new year, all dining room guests will receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Prix fixe menu price: $65/person and a la carte menu will be available at the bar and in the lounge.

Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 720.946.1433.

Véspera de Ano Novo at Fogo de Chão Park Meadows
Fogo de Chão unveils a new way to indulge for the holidays. For a limited time, guests have the option to add a decadent, shareable Dry Aged Tomahawk Ribeye to any dinner experience or they can indulge in premium seafood appetizers including lobster & shrimp or a chilled seafood tower. The 32oz. Tomahawk Ribeye is dry aged for a minimum of 42 days for an even richer flavor to enhance any Fogo dining experience – perfect for groups, family holidays, or parties that are prime for sharing. The cut is available a la carte and is now offered at all Fogo de Chão locations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a limited time only. The recent partnership between Fogo and Coravin also allows guests to regularly taste and select high-end wines from the new Reserve Wine List without the need to commit to the whole bottle.

Reservations can be  made online or by calling the restaurant at 303.481.4001.

A Night to Shine at Larkspur Events & Dining
Kick off 2019 at the base of Golden Peak as Larkspur Events & Dining hosts their 18th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can expect a sophisticated event in true classic Larkspur style with an exquisite buffet medley of items. Menu highlights include: fumet-poached black cod with marble potatoes, cauliflower risotto and a Kerkennaise sauce; Yellowfin tuna crudo with Pacific Sea beans, saffron potatoes and n’duja crisp; Pomegranate-glazed Moullard duck accompanied with butternut squash velvet and Fino sherry jus; locally laid egg yolk ravioli with brown butter-poached lobster, candied lemon and golden trout roe.

To mix things up this year, Larkspur will offer a range of ticket prices based on a seating selection system similar to a concert. Guests will have the option to choose from seats in the wine room, chef’s room, private dining room or bar area. The early seating tickets are for a two-hour reservation beginning at 5:00 pm and the late seating tickets are for reservations beginning at 8:00 pm. For early seating diners, the traditional torchlight descent, a parade led by children of all ages, who ski to the base of the mountain starts at 6:30 pm. Then, for the later seating, guests will enjoy a live musical performance by Mannequin the Band with dancing to follow dinner service.

Guests can also forgo dinner altogether and purchase late admission tickets for $125 to dance and toast at midnight while watching the fireworks. Don’t drop the ball.

Early Seating – Adults $150-$295 (5PM)

Late Seating – Adults Only $250-$395 (8PM)

tickets to Vail’s most elegant New Year’s Eve fête can be purchased here.

Parties interested in booking a private (non-communal) table for dinner service should call the restaurant at 970.754.8050.