Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Year's Eve Dining: Travel to Paris 1898 at Restaurant Eugene

I just referenced yesterday the crazy cool thematic dining Achatz has going in Chicago. One of the earlier incarnations to his Chicago restaurant was Escoffier's Paris. We may have missed out on that, but now we can get a similar time traveling experience at Restaurant Eugene this New Year's Eve!

NYE is that most stressful of holidays - so much pressure to have fun, right? Well I can't think of anything lower maintenance than a fab meal at one of Atlanta's best restaurants. Granted you'll pay a pretty penny, but an experience befitting the Paris Ritz doesn't come cheap!

I just finished watching Midnight in Paris, so I've got the glamour of Paris on the brain, so this sounds divine to me!

Here's more about what to expect:

TIME TRAVEL TO THE 1898 PARIS RITZ WITH RESTAURANT EUGENE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE
ATLANTA, GA—There are culinary heroes and then there are culinary heroes. Auguste Escoffier’s name speeds the hearts of chefs everywhere, and as we look forward to 2012, Chef Linton Hopkins decided there was no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve, the holiday synonymous with elegance and sophistication, than to transform Restaurant Eugene into the Paris Ritz of 1898 with a recreation of the first New Year’s Eve dinner Escoffier served there.

Paris owes so much of its burnished luster as the capital of cuisine to Escoffier, who made haute cuisine more accessible.  It is only fitting then that the Restaurant Eugene kitchen, where southern foodways flirt with molecular gastronomy, should dedicate itself to a painstaking recreation of a night in Escoffier’s kitchen.  This night is one that will linger in your memory for years to come.   A Parisian street band will further transport guests by performing at Holeman &  Finch Public House, where a cash bar featuring classic cocktails of the era will be available exclusively for Restaurant Eugene’s New Year’s Eve guests.

The restaurant will offer two menus for the evening—a seven course menu for guests with dinner reservations before 7pm, for $150, with wine pairings for an additional $60; and an eleven course menu for guests who are seated after 7:30pm, for $225 with wine pairings for an additional $75. To make reservations, call 404.355.0321.

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