City Weekly's New Year's Eve Guide, published Dec. 18, listed quite a few dining and drink options for the night, and a couple more trickled in past our deadline. So, if you're still looking for a nifty spot to celebrate New Year's Eve, you might consider The Paris (1500 S. 1500 East, 801-486-5585, TheParis.net). Owner Eric DeBonis and his team will offer a special five-course Parisian menu ($79.99, plus tax and gratuity), which includes items like buckwheat blinis with baked oysters and caviar; celery root and chestnut soup; ricotta ravioli with Burgundy black truffles; pan-seared gnocchi with salsify and black trumpet mushrooms; pan-roasted Chilean sea bass and Santa Barbara spiny lobster Romanesco risotto with lobster nage; and Angus Prime rib roast.
Ogden's Hearth on 25th (195 25th St., 801-399-0088, Hearth25.com) invites you to welcome the new year with a seven-course feast ($57 per person, $25 for suggested wine pairings) that will include menu options such as seared scallop with curried spaghetti squash; a sushi-style hand-roll salad; heirloom onion soup; salmon Wellington; beef Oscar rib-eye; Cornish hen and truffled dumplings; Colorado yak rib-eye; and a dessert trio.
Utah Chef on Today
On Christmas Day, Stein Eriksen Lodge Executive Chef Zane Holmquist will make his fourth appearance on NBC's Today. He's doing a cooking segment for the show's annual Christmas Day special, presenting candy-cane kettle corn and honey-smoked almonds, along with peanut butter & jelly hot chocolate and two cocktails: the Utah Stonewall and Utah Pumpkin Pie Whiskey Milkshake, both utilizing Park City's High West Distillery High West Double Rye. In addition to collecting a closetful of cooking awards and honors, Holmquist is involved in helping to organize charity events such as Taste of the Wasatch, and is a partner with Chef's Garden in its Veggie U program, an organization "committed to fostering a synergy between educational, nutritional and agricultural goals to combat the rising epidemic of childhood obesity."
Quote of the week: The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to. —P.J. O'Rourke