New Years in the Mountains

December 23, 2013 


Di Cicco's: Serving 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (559) 641-5588.

Erna's Elderberry House: Early dinners, 5 p.m. seating; "Auld Lang Syne" dinners, 9 p.m. seating.

Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson offers a variety of dishes, such as Amuse Bouche, Buckwheat Blini, Osetra Caviar, roasted Maine diver scallop, and seared yellowfin Tuna 'Steak au Poivre.' Early dinner seating, $130 per person. "Auld Lang Syne" dinner seating, $195 per person.

Live music featuring the Sierra Jazz Trio. Reservations: (559) 683-6800.

Sweetwater Steakhouse: 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Serving full dinner menu 4-9:30 p.m. with special appetizers, Surf N Turf entree, and spcaility deserts. (559) 658-5252.

Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO): 6:30 p.m. Social hour 6:30 p.m., followed by buffet dinner featuring choice of prime rib or lemon herb salmon served with roasted red potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, fresh-baked rolls and pie. Ring in the New Year on New York time at 9 p.m., then dance and play the night away knowing your comfortable room is steps away. Complete your stay with a delicious Sunday brunch.

Cost $77 for double occupancy and $99 for single occupancy includes New Year's Eve celebration, social hour, dinner, festivities and Sunday brunch. Reservations: (559) 683-8162.

Crab Cakes Restaurant: Dinner service begins at 4 p.m. with dishes prepared by Executive Chef Brian Velasquez. Entrees range from King Salmon, $16, grilled mahi mahi, $13, duck a l'orange, $19, or an 8-ounce Filet Mignon, $27. Reservations:(559) 641-7667.

South Gate Brewing Co: As always with 1864 Ale, partial proceeds go to Yosemite National Park. There will be live music, Yosemite artwork and a Yosemite film in The Warehouse. Join the John Muir Costume contest. There's regular service until the ticketed event begins at 8 p.m. Limited availability. Tickets will include heavy appetizers, a beer ticket, a glass of champagne and noisemakers. Details: (559) 692-BREW.


Hitching Post Family Restaurant: 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.:Dinner specials 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

Party favors, champagne toast at mindnight, dancing to DJ Doreen Rosasco. No cover charge. (559) 683-7917.

Bass Lake

Ducey's on the Lake: 4 - 9 p.m. Chose from starters like beet and goat cheese tartlet, Ducey's sushi roll or jumbo shrimp cocktail, and winter salad or butternut squash soup for the second course. Main course options include prime rib, steak and lobster with Ficklin Port au jus, or a pan-seared Ahi. Dessert will feature a chocolate flourless torte or raspberry creme charlotte. Dinner costs $72 per person. At 9 p.m. a Great-Gatsby themed cocktail party will be held, with a band, champagne fountain, raffle and photo booth (Attendees must be 21 or older).

A family dinner will be offered at Ducey's Bar & Grill with a magic show and $6 pasta buffet for children from 4 - 7 p.m. At midnight, a fireworks show rings in the new year. Babysiting services available on site with children's activities (movies, crafts) and snacks. Reservations: (559) 642-3131.

Pines Bar: 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.: $10 cover charge. Dancing to DJ Christina White. Appetizers, party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Details: (559) 642-3141.

Fish Camp

Sierra Restaurant at Tenaya Lodge: 4:30 - 10 p.m. Dinner specials include appetizers of jumbo shrimp martini with cocktail sauce and avocado salsa, $14.95; salad, $8.95; an entree choice of jumbo Dungeness crab cakes and petite filet, or tournedos Tenaya, filet medallion, $39.95 each; and a variety of desserts, $8.95 each. An 18% gratuity will be added to parties of eight or more.

Reservations: (888) 514-2167.

Embers Restaurant at Tenaya Lodge: 5 - 10 p.m. A variety of appetizers such as crispy quail, eggplant caviar, Dungeness crab cakes and tequila marinated prawns, ranging in price from $12-17 will be offered; soups at $10-12 and salads from $10-13. Main signature dishes include Buffalo short ribs, $34, filet Oscar, $38, grilled organic breast of chicken, $29, and from the grill, 6 ounce Filet Mignon, $35.

Reservations: (888) 514-2167.

Tenaya's New Year's Eve party: Reception, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, party favors, and champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. A New Year's Eve bash for children, ages 4-12 will be offered from 7 p.m.- 1 a.m. — the fun includes entertainment, a kid's favorites dinner, activities, party favors and crafts.


Wawona Hotel: Dinner seating begins at 5 p.m., with dinner served from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. Dinner consists of starters coconut shrimp or cucumber salad; soup or salad; entree choices are grilled beef tenderloin, braised lam shanks, roasted horseradish crusted steelhead salmon, pan-roasted black cheery duck breast or wild mushroom risotto caramelized shallots.

Dinner, dance, party favors and champagne toast at midnight: $49.75 per adult and $21.50 for children age 6 - 12 years of age, children age five and under dine for free. Corkage fee of $14.25.

Tom Bopp will play the piano until 9:30 p.m., singing and playing vintage songs. Then dance to Bootstrap Circus till midnight. Reservations: (801) 559-4935.


Blue Heron Restaurant, Yosemite Lakes Park: Buffett 6-7:30 p.m. $25 per person featuring Caesar salad and candied walnut gorgonzola salad with carnberries, grapes, pine nuts and fetta cheese, Blue Heron chicken, lobster kung pao saute station, prime rib carving station and assorted desserts.

Dance to the music of the Dave Henderson Band, 7 p.m. - midnight. Reservations: (559) 658-6969.

Safety reminder

The California Highway Patrol reminds everyone to use a designated driver if you will be drinking on New Year's Eve and always remember to buckle-up. From Wawona, to Bass Lake, to Oakhurst and Yosemite Lakes Park, a variety of New Year's Eve dinners and parties are available in the Mountain Area on Tuesday, Dec. 31, to ring in the new year.

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