Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A special New Year's Eve party

I've never been a New Year's Eve person, but I might make a celebratory exception since I just found out the Duke Mansion is hosting a New Year's Eve party to celebrate its 100th birthday. It's just one of the special events planned at the historic mansion in 2015. 

The party is from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 31. There's dinner, dancing to music from award-winning lounge DJ That Guy Smitty, a champagne toast to ring in the new year and a late-evening breakfast. 

Chef Harrison Booth is in charge of the multi-course dinner served in a heated tent adorned with lights on the lawn. 

Attire is black tie and the cost is $515 per couple or $258 for single tickets. Proceeds benefit the mansion, which is run by a nonprofit and is on the National Register of Historic Places. To purchase tickets call 704-714-4445 or email 

Here's the menu: 

Citrus Endive Salad with Duck Confit (bone-in) and Pomegranate Champagne Vinaigrette in a Pipette

- Duet Entrée -
Duet of Salmon Wellington and Rossini Beef Tenderloin
(Salmon Wellington will be prepared with an Herb Shallot Compound Butter
and the Beef will be prepared with a Madeira Sauce with Truffle and Torchon Foie Gras)

Served with Duchess Potatoes
and Baby Vegetables (blanched and sautéed in herbed butter)

- Dessert –
Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut Filling and Almond Cake with Raspberry Filling
Served with Fresh Berries and Raspberry Coulis
Cake by WOW Factor Cakes

Specially curated wines by Josh Villapando of Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, to include:

Sparkling Wine at arrival, butler passed, served in champagne flutes

2 Whites and 2 Reds to pair with Salad and Entrée Courses

Sparkling Rose with Cake

Champagne at midnight

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