Champagne Wishes, Truffle Dreams

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Tis' the season for truffles and Champagne. There are so many options when it comes to festive holiday dining that it's easy to feel overhwhelmed. Should you stay in baking pies with Granny ... throwing back Frescas until your belly aches? Or would you rather shell out hard-earned duckets for an over priced soiree at a bar offering anything but the extraordinary?

For those of you who want a good meal and a nice glass of Champagne, we've compiled the following short list of some of our favorites. And don't worry, Granny will understand.

Champagne Pairing Dinner at Toulouse
Parisian-born Chef Yoanne Lardeux  will bring the bubbly on Monday, December 21 with his decadent Champagne pairing dinner. Start with potato wrapped Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, lardoons and horseradish cream. Follow with a sweet pink Scottish salmon entrée served with braised leeks, parsnip mousseline and dill beurre blanc. Round out your fizzy enhanced meal with a divine petit raspberry soufflé (dark chocolate-dipped strawberry sable butter cookies paired with Charles Lafitte de Sables Rose Prestige, sparkling wine.) Cheers!

Monday: December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
3314 Knox Street
$55 per person/reservation required

Special New Year’s Eve Menu at Cadot
Our friends at Cadot in North Dallas are giving the gift of a festive meal with Champagne on New Years Eve. In the first seating, guests can order a la carte from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second seating is for revelers who plan on ringing in the New Year at the restaurant. For $89 a person, diners can nosh on a starter of wild mushroom soup, lobster soufflé, smoked salmon or Colonel Lemon sorbet vodka. Entrees such as Tournedos Rossini with pommes Maxime and sautéed spinach topped with foie gras, truffles and red wine demi glace or grilled sea bass with asparagus and butternut squash topped with jumbo crab and caviar Champagne sauce. Bid adieu to 2009 with warm chocolate fondant cake (yummy!) or a sweet crepe Suzette. Besides, there’s plenty of time to work off the calories in 2010.

Thursday: December 31 at 5:30 p.m.
18111 Preston Road

Special 5-Course Tasting Menu at Salum
In addition to the regular a la carte menu offered, Chef/owner Abraham Salum has created a five course tasting menu for New Year’s Eve guests. Cost is for $75 per person with the option to add wine pairings for $35.  A complimentary Champagne toast with party favors is his gift at midnight.


Thursday: December 31; 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
4152 Cole Avenue

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