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Golden has just the thing to ring in 2018


I hope every one who celebrates it had a wonderful Hanukkah. We certainly had a nice weather break that gave everyone an opportunity to get together with family and friends this year without a blizzard putting a damper on everyone’s plans.

We have a few more celebrations coming to complete the Holiday season. The Winter Solstice is today, Dec. 21, Christmas is Monday, Dec. 25, and Kwanzaa is happening from Dec. 26 and takes us into the New Year, ending on New Years Day, Jan. 1 2018. We have quite a bit of celebrating during December every year, that’s for sure.

So, that’s going to bring us to the end of the year and the start of a new one which means the capper of the Holiday season is looming on the horizon, New Years Eve. That’s the one holiday we all celebrate that isn’t actually a holiday. New Years Day is the actual holiday, but the party starts the night before and usually ends with ringing it in. Most of us spend Jan. 1 with a little more low key dinner and watching football or something.

The other night I played a concert with the Denver Jazz orchestra and we did an old Ella Fitzgerald song called “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?” I know what I’m doing. The same as I do every year, it’s a work night for musicians, but if you haven’t made any plans yet, here’s a something happening right here in Golden that you might enjoy.

Before I get to that, let me point out the obvious. In case you missed it, the Buffalo Rose, one of our go-to places to celebrate, is temporarily closed for renovation. It’s currently surrounded by construction fencing and equipment and won’t reopen until next fall. It should be a fantastic venue once it’s finished and the future plans are stellar. So, for this year, cross that one off your list.

But if you want to do something a little bit different and celebrate in style, the Golden Hotel is offering a nice option for your New Years Eve-ning. They have something special going on in their Brigewater Grill and if you want to have a nice, romantic dinner, this will fit the bill.

They are offering a gourmet three course dinner ( actually four, if you count the “Intermezzo”) with things that read like a guide book on international fine dining. Check out what’s on the menu for that night.

Cauliflower Bisque (Roasted Chanterelle Mushroom, Parmesan Tweel & Sherry Reduction), Risotto (Soft Egg, Smoked Gaunciale & Truffle Butter), Duck Confit (Caramelized Onion Fritella, Cardamom Syrup & Cherry Butter). Intermezzo: Pomegranate Granita with Pine Spears& Sorrel. Entrees: Kansas City Strip (Coffee Butter, Confit Fingerling Potatoes & Blistered Snow Pea), Colorado Lamb Shank (Pomme Puree, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts & Pan Glace), Buter Poached Cod (Parsnip Veloute, Ginger Persimmon & Braised Chard). Dessert: Chocolate Pot de Creme (Cacao Nibs & White Chocolate Ribbon), Strawberries on a Cloud (Vanilla Pavlova & Candied Pistachio), Persimmon Pudding (Fromage Blanc Sorbet & Brown Butter Powder).

OK, to be honest, I don’t even know what half of that stuff is, I just listed it to give you a momentary impression that my culinary knowledge goes beyond Hamburger Helper and ordering pizza delivery. Had you fooled for a minute, didn’t I?

This special New Years Eve dinner runs $63 and you can get it with the proper wine pairings for each course for $72. The Creekside Quartet will be playing live jazz, 7-10 p.m. as well. Reservations are required so call them at (303) 279-2010. They are also offering room packages if you are inclined to make an entire night of it.

The Golden Hotel is located at 800 11th Street at Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com


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