The end of the year is always time for celebration and remembrance. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate (see our weekly agenda for ideas), and there are always moments – from solo chairlift rides to quiet early morning walks through Vail Village – to look back on the year that has been. But if you’re looking to gather friend and family to celebrate as well as remember the year past, there really is no better way than to gather over a meal, enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and share the memories, the laughter and a few tears with those you love the best. Here are five fantastic New Year’s Eve dinners where you’ll be able to not only look back at what has been, but also live in the moment by savoring some of the best that Vail’s chefs have to offer.
Acclaimed chef Daniel Joly hosts two seatings at his intimate and classy Mirabelle. The atmosphere here is perfect for romantic couples or those looking to enjoy as stylish, yet rarified environment where the focus is on food rather than boozing. The first seating features a three-course menu while the second seating ups the ante with a four-course menu, complimentary glass of champagne and live music. $125/person first seating, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; $215/person, second seating starts at 8:30 p.m.
White Bison’s New Year’s experience features five-course meals with two selections for each course, including Roasted Scuna Bay Salmon with Lyonnaise potatoes and sauce beurre rouge; their signature Wagyu New York Strip with pomme puree, roasted brussels sprouts béarnaise sauce; and a Ricotta Maple Tart with roasted pears, brown butter Florentine and maple whip. Wash those delectiable dishes down with specialty cocktails like Ducking the Rope with rye whiskey, sloe gin, Benedictine and orange bitters; or opt for a warm cocktail like the Send It with red wine, winter spices and either rum, whiskey or cognac. $125/person, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Up the Creek
Vail standard Up The Creek rings in the New Year with a four-course tasting menu ($125/person) with elegant selections ranging from lobster coconut bisque to seared Foie Gras to coffee rubbed elk loin (the latter accompanied by farro risotto, roasted brussels sprouts, Shitake mushrooms and a huckleberry jus). Still hungry? Dive into a dessert menu that features Chocolate Cake, Pumpkin Cheese Cake and Creme Brulee. $125/person, dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00, bar till 2:00 a.m.
For those spending the evening up in Beaver Creek, Revolutions’ New Years Eve Dinner showcases the restaurant's diverse offerings with a three-course dinner. Selections include their poached apple cannelloni with honey goat cheese, candied pecans, a sherry vinaigrette, mache, and radish sprouts. Also on the menu? A bacon wrapped turkey breast with caper relish and a one of our favorites: a premium Colorado Pork Chop accompanied by pine nuts, golden raisins and a chilango glaze. $75/person, 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Don't want a set course menu or feel like ordering a bunch of different dishes and sharing them with your group? Flame is the place to go for New Year’s Eve, as they’ll be bucking the fixed-menu trend and offering their a la carte menu along with a midnight champagne toast. Choices include a Guajillo pepper jelly glazed pork belly, broiled octopus, steaks of all sizes and cuts (real men get the 40-ounce Big T Porterhouse) and an amazing beef carpaccio with quail eggs, pickled mushrooms and a truffle emulsion. Prices vary, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.