New Year's Eve dining

Where will you ring in the New Year?

Where will you ring in the New Year?

Made your New Year's Eve plans yet, or are you procrastinating? If you caught yesterday's Week in Food post, you already heard about a couple of options: Tour de Farm hosts its final meal of 2010 in a heated, hundred-year-old barn at Star Thrower Farm in Glencoe, and Om transforms into a Shanghai music lounge, complete with karaoke, casino games, contortionists, geishas, and an ice dragon shot luge!

Here are five other restaurants hosting the coolest-sounding meals/parties to ring in 2011:


D'Amico Kitchen D'Amico Kitchen offers a four-course dinner in celebration of the New Year. Afterward, guests can dance to the Denny Weinbeck Quartet performing in the Lower Level Lounge or DJ Paris in the A R T party room. Diners also have free admittance to the Eden Ice Bar. (For non-diners, tickets to Eden Ice Bar can be reserved at for $20, or purchased at the door for $25.) Complimentary champagne served at midnight.

Il Gatto This four-course prix fixe looks awesome--and affordably priced at $40 a person:

  • Vitello tonnato (albacore tuna and veal carpaccio with capers, radishes, and tonnato)
  • Baccala (Italian salt cod) ravioli with lobster in a spicy tomato-crab broth
  • Sauteed mortadella (bologna) and rabbit loin with pine nuts and black currant soffrito
  • Chocolate malt tartufo (ice cream sphere in a chocolate shell) with spiced eggnog
Stella's Fish Café Just down the block, Stella's is also offering four courses for $40:
  • Prosciutto de Parma on a bed of arugula
  • Wild rice and walleye rotolo
  • Rogue chocolate stout-braised short rib
  • Chocolate mousse
Then, at 10 p.m., the cafe launches its all-you-can-drink party ($60 per person) with three levels of dancing, including the *heated* rooftop patio bar.

Meritage The new bar will seat patrons on a first-come, first-served basis, while the main dining room offers selections from the regular dinner menu, plus a five-course tasting menu with optional wine flights. The tasting menu costs $75, plus an additional $35 for the wine flight. Meritage will also be open on New Year's Day serving a special brunch.

Forum The Forum's owners, Jim and Stefanie Ringo, are hosting a 1920s costumed murder mystery dinner on New Year's Eve. Guests dress and act as their assigned character--gangster, politician, doll, moll)--and, over a special tasting meal ($59 a person, with wine add $29), they try to discover the killer. To make reservations, call the Forum at 612.354.2017 and say "Murder at the Forum" dinner so you can be sent information about your mystery dinner character.