It’s really, actually, almost time for all the holiday festivities, and I’m in full elf mode over here. It bodes well that several area restaurants also are feeling the holiday spirit — no way this elf is going hungry.
The Loop in downtown Rochester is getting started early with an Ugly Sweater Party at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.
Don your ugliest holiday-themed sweater and head to the Loop, where you can enjoy drink specials between 10 and midnight, and then stay for the official Ugliest Sweater Contest at midnight. The winner not only gets a badge of honor as the evening’s ugliest ever, but they also get a $100 Loop gift card.
Prescotts is getting into the holiday spirit by opening for lunch on select days through the holidays. (Their regular hours are for dinner only.) While you’re out finishing your holiday preparations or want a place to enjoy exceptional food on your day off, head to Prescotts (1201 S. Broadway, in Crossroads Shopping Center) starting at 11 a.m. on these remaining dates: Dec. 17 (word to the wise: that’s TODAY) and 18, and Dec. 21, 22 and 23.
Make your plans now for New Year’s Eve, too — there’s plenty of fun to be had in bar-hopping, but why not add dinner to the mix?
Old Village Hall Restaurant, in my favorite local destination, Lanesboro, is serving up another fantastic New Year’s Eve dinner as well. They offer coursed meals only occasionally, so what I’m saying is, take them up on it. Don’t miss out on elk liver pate with duck fat on crostini with crispy apple bacon, red onion and blackberry sauce. And that’s just one of the appetizers.
Shrimp stuffed mushrooms, wild mushroom soup, elk osso bucco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, grilled flilet mignon, chocolate Kahlua cheesecake, raspberry creme brulee. Seriously, just one of those dishes makes the meal worth the drive, but to get all of them for just $38.50 per person? That’s the holiday bargain of the year for sure. Call 507-467-2962 to reserve your spot.
If you’d rather get in on the local scene, cool — check out Forager Brewery’s first annual New Year’s Eve Flannel Black Tie Event. The price per person is nearly $130, but that entrance fee includes all drinks, including cocktails, beer, and champagne, as well as appetizers, dinner and dessert.
Musicians will be entertaining the crowd throughout the evening as well. Go ahead and reserve your ticket for this exclusive event at www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-flannel-black-tie-event-tickets-19808999250, or just go to the Forager Brewery website or give them a call (507-258-7490).
Casablanca Creative Cuisine and Wine (1208 Seventh St. NW, Rochester) is planning one of the most creative nights to celebrate the holiday. Owner and chef Youness Bojji plans to take patrons back in time to the year 1912, onboard the fated vessel Titanic.
Bojji is re-creating some of the delicacies and dishes served on the ship, including BC spot prawns with cream of barley, or scallops a la mousseline. The five-course meal will be dishes served on the night the ship hit the iceberg, along with some very special vintage wine, for $250 per person.
A champagne toast is sure to be part of the festivities, and the best part? You get to go home to your warm bed that night instead of sinking in the icy waters of the Atlantic. I’d live it up if I were you — dress the part.
Know of any other NYE events my readers need to know about? Give me a shout, and I’ll put them in before year’s end.