Happy New Year! This week’s restaurant news

Dean Maupin completed his purchase of the C&O on June 4, but don’t worry—no big changes are in store. Photo: Andrea Hubbell Dean Maupin completed his purchase of the C&O on June 4, but don’t worry—no big changes are in store. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Make the new year bright
Chef Dean Maupin at C&O is getting creative with his four-course menu on New Year’s Eve, which is a steal at $55 per person. The evening also features a brand new champagne and sparkling wine list, Red and the Romantics playing rockabilly tunes (starting at 10pm), and a complementary toast to ring in the new year. Reservations are staggered throughout the evening, and can be made by calling 971-7044.

Cheers!
Join Fellini’s #9 Champagne Countdown with toasts on the hour as each time zone (a few of them anyway) celebrates the new year, starting at 5pm (which is midnight in Istanbul) and continuing through to the EST midnight hour. Make reservations (they’re required!) by calling 979-4279.

Maskerade
Mask your inhibitions at Veritas Vineyard & Winery, where a masked ball (black tie optional) will kick off the new year, beginning with wine and hors d’oeuvres starting at 8pm and progressing into a five-course winemaker’s dinner. Dancing is encouraged until midnight, when the masks are removed and the sparkling wine flows. Breakfast is served at 12:30am to absorb some of the fun. Tickets are $140 per person. Call (540) 456-8000 ext. 108 for reservations and further details.

Celebrate good times
Downtown, join Tempo’s New Year’s Eve celebration beginning with a five-course dinner and ending with the Johnny Clark Trio and a midnight toast. The cost is $65 per person and reservations can be made by e-mailing events@tempocville.com or by calling 244-8217.

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