Community - December 28, 2011

A party goer's guide to New Year's Eve festivities

by Jane Knoerle

Local residents who want to ring in the New Year with gusto might check out party plans at the British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

The BBC will be open all day Saturday; however, the real festivities begin with a New Year's Eve ball beginning at 9:30 p.m. The "New Year princess" will greet guests at the door with a complimentary glass of champagne. Professional ballroom dancers will entertain at 11 p.m.

Ticket levels include options for a nine-course dinner with "Russian style" appetizers; hot and cold appetizers only; or just joining the merriment for the party, dancing and drinks. Dinner packages are available for $99 per person. General admission at the door is $35 (cash only).

Disc Jockey D-Gree will be mixing the music, including hits from the '80s, '90s, and today's top 40.

Guests are asked to "dress to impress." For the ladies, that means evening dresses. For gents: dress shirts and slacks (no jeans, tennis shoes, or flip-flops).

For more information, call 327-8769.

Madera at Rosewood

Madera restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, is planning an upscale evening suited to its venture capital clientele.

The first dinner seating at 5:30 p.m. features a three-course prix fixe menu at $95 per person. The second seating, available only with a guest room package, is a four-course prix fixe menu at 8:30 p.m. at $195 per person.

The menu will feature such dishes as Wagyu beef, seared duck breast, caviar, lamb chop, quince gastrique, Brussels sprouts, Thumbelina carrots, chestnut puree, and chocolate fondant for dessert.

For reservations call 561-1540.

Left Bank Bistro

The Left Bank Bistro, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., in Menlo Park, will celebrate bonne annee with a four-course prix fixe menu for $64.50. A limited regular menu and children's menu will also be available. There will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The last seating is 11 p.m.

Dinner will feature a foie gras torchon, beef short rib terrine, "surf and turf" main course of lobster and beef tenderloin or Coquilles Saint Jacque, with opera cake for dessert.

For reservations call 473-6543.

Flea Street Cafe

Flea Street is offering dinner at $95 per person, with wine pairing for $45. The meal starts with an "amuse" of deviled egg, followed by either lobster bisque or artichoke and fennel salad. Pear champagne sorbet refreshes the palate, followed by a main course of filet of beef, herb-crusted seafood or wild mushroom strudel. There will be chocolate truffle torte or tangerine pudding cake for dessert.

Flea Street is located at 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park. For reservations, call 854-1226.

Oak City Bar & Grill

Oak City Bar & Grill, 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, known for its live music ranging from big band to jam sessions, goes all out on New Year's Eve when it features the bluesy Kaye Bohler Band, starting at 9 p.m. Dinner will be available starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested; call 321-6882.

The Village Pub

The Pub will have two seatings on New Year's Eve. The first, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will feature a menu of chilled lobster terrine or celery root soup, a choice of roast guinea hen, filet of beef, or sea bass in papillote, followed by Baked Alaska. Cost is $105 per person, with wine pairing at $70.

The second seating, 8 to 10 p.m., will offer the same dinner with the addition of a foie gras torchon and a cheese course for $145 per person. Wine pairing is $95.

The Alexandra Kaprielian Band will play from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with a champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 851-9888.

Many popular local restaurants, such as Carpaccio in Menlo Park, will be open New Year's Eve serving their regular menu at regular hours.

"Broads, Bootleggers and Bookies"

For those who prefer to check out partying from bygone days, Dec. 31 is the last chance to see the San Mateo County History Museum exhibit of "Broads, Bootleggers and Bookies." The exhibit of the era when San Mateo County was called "The most corrupt county in California" includes a typical speakeasy, a variety of whisky-making stills, and vintage slot machines.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3-$5. The museum is located at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.


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