To celebrate the coming year, why not take a trip to the past? Moonshine on the Mississippi gives revelers the chance to party like it's the 1920s. The evening starts with a five-course prix fixe dinner prepared by executive chef Ben McCallum, enjoyed with a live jazz band. Then the gala kicks off with New Orleans-style band the Southside Aces. Bring some walking-around money to bid on silent auction items including airline flights and hotel stays. Attending the gala is also a bulletproof way to ensure good karma throughout 2009 because all proceeds benefit the Emergency Foodshelf Network, which takes on the burden of collecting food and distributing it to hunger-relief organizations. Dinner is $125 at 6 p.m.; gala is $75 and begins at 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 31, 6 p.m., 2008