Sunday, December 7, 2014

LRA's Top Spots to Enjoy Holiday Festivities in the DMV

From our friends at Linda Roth Associates...

'Tis the Season for Tasting and Toasting

Looking for somewhere to spread and savor the holiday cheer? Linda Roth Associates is here to guide you to the best dining and entertainment options to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with gusto.

1201 N. Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 519-3776

Join Bastille in Old Town for a truly French "Reveillon de Noel" Christmas Eve dinner. Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux will serve a decadent four-course prix fixe feast on December 24 for $85 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuities, with wine pairings upon request. Menu highlights include lobster bisque with poached oysters; pan-roasted foie gras; tartare of Skuna Bay salmon; grass-fed Angus beef filet roasted whole in salt crust; Hudson Valley Moullard duck breast; and an authentic chocolate hazelnut "Buche de Noel" with cranberry ice cream. Guests will leave this intimate meal feeling warm, happy and full of the holiday spirit.

Bastille will fête New Year's Eve with its "Reveillon de la Saint Sylvestre" dinner. The first seating from 5-6:30pm is a three-course prix fixe for $79, exclusive of taxes and gratuities, with wine pairings upon request. After the market surprise amuse bouche, guests will enjoy menu highlights including butternut squash risotto and parmesan broth; braised lobster in a curried coconut emulsion; bacon-wrapped rabbit loin; and coconut cake with caramelized pumpkin butter and curry ice cream. Taking things to the next level with the second seating from 8-10 PM, guests will enjoy a four-course prix fixe for $99, or $139 with wine pairings, exclusive of taxes and gratuities. After the market surprise amuse bouche, guests may choose from notable dishes including steak tartare; seared foie gras; sautéed Wild Turbot filet; and roasted spiced pineapple marmalade almond cake. This meal will certainly set the bar high for a year of health, wealth and merriment.

513 13th St NW Washington, DC 20004; (202) 347-2677

Boss Shepherd's is celebrating its first holiday season by living up to its motto of "honest food & drink" with its usual menu, plus a special buttered lobster and sweet potato dumpling entrée; and Ribeye with Yukon potatoes, trout roe and Point Reyes marrow butter. In addition, bottles of Dom Perignon will be available for $199 to get the party going.

For Boss' first New Years Eve, from 5-7pm, Chef Jeremy Waybright will delight guests with a four-course menu for $69 per person. Menu selections will include Chef Jeremy's famous fried chicken, almond gazpacho with oysters, chicken skin remolata, tarragon and apple; a second course of smoked scallop and champagne; and entrée options including a pork rib chop with duck fat banana fingerlings and savory marmalade; and a cast iron strip with potato gratin. Lastly, the fourth course dessert options will send guests off into the night on a sweet note to bring in the New Year.

Starting at 8pm, Boss Shepherd's will party like its 1999 with the second seating of their extraordinary NYE Dinner for $99 per person. The menu will be the same, but the party will kick it up a notch with live music for the rest of the evening. Reservations required.

11800 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda, MD 20852; (301) 881-0308

Del Frisco's Grille North Bethesda is keeping it classic for its inaugural holiday season. The Grille will be open with regular hours and menu on Christmas Eve, serving lunch from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, and dinner from 4-10 PM. Signature cocktails like the Plum Drop with pearl plum vodka, Triple Sec and fresh lemon sour; and The Adult Milkshake with Nocello walnut liqueur, crème de cacao, chocolate liqueur and vanilla ice cream will have guests seeing visions of sugar plums. Guests simply can't go wrong with familiar dishes like chilled Virginia oysters, filet mignon, jumbo lump crabcakes and Nutella bread pudding for a very merry Christmas Eve dinner.

3417 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008; (202) 244-7995

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Ripple's fabulous dinner from Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. This year, Ripple is offering two prix fixe options. Guests will be able to choose an earlier, 4-course tasting menu for $85 per person, with selections including sweet potato soup with venison carpaccio; chestnut agnolotti with Brussels sprouts; roseda farms short ribs; and chocolate panna cotta. Diners may also partake in the later, 5-course menu for $100 per person, including items such as head on shrimp; butter poached lobster tail; and rack of lamb with creamy polenta. Drink pairings will also be offered with the 4-course menu for an additional $40 per person, and with the 5-course menu for an extra $50 per person.

In lieu of the grilled cheese bar, the a la carte menu, cheese and charcuterie will be available at the bar from 5:30 PM until close. Ripple is currently accepting reservations for up to twelve guests with a credit card.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St, NW 20566; (202) 416-8555

Roof Terrace Restaurant is decking the halls with delicious eats and treats this holiday season, kicking off with the 18th Annual Holiday Brunches with Santa. Celebrate and indulge in one of Washington DC's most beloved traditions complete with dazzling skyline views and a special visit from Santa Claus. The famed holiday buffet is priced at $45 per adult and $20 per child ages 4-11, and features classic favorites with a fun, seasonal twist. Menu offerings prepared by Executive Chef Joe Gurner include gourmet salads, freshly shucked oysters, house-baked pastries, French toast and savory omelets made-to-order. Adults will receive a complimentary glass of mimosa or sparkling wine. Seating begins at 10 AM on Sunday, November 30th; Sunday, December 14th; and Sunday, December 21.

The festivities continue in style at Roof Terrace Restaurant's Annual New Year's Eve Celebration. To ring in the New Year, guests are invited to an unforgettable evening which includes stunning views, dancing under the stars, a glass of sparkling wine, a four course prix-fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chef Joe Gurner and a live jazz performance. Priced at $135 per person, dinner includes access to the glamorous after party at The Kennedy Center's acclaimed Grand Foyer Celebration where the party will continue with flowing champagne, entertainment and well wishes for the year to come. Seating for the Annual New Year's Eve Celebration begins at 5 PM on Wednesday, December 31.

For reservations and more information call (202) 416-8555 or visit

7920 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22102; (703) 847-5000

Rosy your cheeks this month with härth and Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria! On Saturday, December 13, meet at härth for a champagne toast and head to Saks Fifth Avenue for a Laura Mercier make-up class and holiday shopping, followed by dinner at härth!

$100 ticket includes Champagne toast, Laura Mercier Master Make-up Class at Saks Fifth Avenue, $50 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card, Saks Fifth Avenue gift bag, three-course dinner at härth, and härth gift bag.

To purchase tickets, contact Tracy Thomas or Candice Tinner at (703) 761-5200 on weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Click here for additional event information.

On Saturday, December 20, cozy up to one of härth's three roaring fireplaces and enjoy festive storytelling and sing-a-longs with Santa and his friends! Each child 12 and under will receive a special treat and each seating will have a drawing for a chance to win an overnight stay in a suite at Hilton McLean with a one hour private cooking class for a family of four with Executive Chef Luc Dendievel.

Seatings at 12 PM and 1:15 PM. $49 per adult and child. Call (703) 761-5131 for reservations.