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It’s very likely that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause you to celebrate the December holidays differently this year, but there’s still one local tradition you can count on: a festive feast prepared by a Colorado pro. Ordering full meals, desserts, cocktails, and whatever else you discover in the list below will not only bring joy to your table, but also help ensure that your favorite independent restaurants and artisans are still in business when we’re all ready to gather in person once again.
Denver-based Adelska has curated a special New Year’s Eve interactive kit featuring hand-crafted delicacies and experiences that support local businesses. Its New Year’s Eve box includes a baked Camembert kit from the Truffle Cheese Shop, Flouwer Co. Crackers, a chocolate truffle flight from Dieter’s Chocolates, two six-ounce wine bottles from Wander & Ivy, DIY pasta kit from Rebel Bread, and two aprons. $175 (includes shipping or delivery), order online
Chef Brent Turnipseede is preparing a decadent four-course New Year’s Eve feast: brown butter king crab, duck confit tortellini, glazed boneless short rib, and preserved lemon cheesecake. Excellent vegetarian options are also available. $85 per person; order online or pick-up December 31; 4132 W. 38th Ave.
Fans of Bar Helix, rejoice: The bar is offering special New Year’s Eve takeout fare for those who want to close out the year with one last negroni. Highlights from the drink menu include large batches of the Bar Helix’s famed rye negroni; Champagne; and a Feelin’ Festive mocktail with lemon juice, La Croix, cranberry and thyme simple syrups, and optional CBD bitters. Amp up your celebration with party mix, charcuterie, caviar and Pringles, and lots more. Drinks start at $25 (for two), snacks start at $7; email email@example.com to order for pick-up on December 31
Celebrate NYE with a five-course tasting menu, served on Barolo Grill’s heated patio. Highlights include chilled terrine of foie gras, Barolo-style braised duck, and buttermilk olive oil cake. The restaurant is also offering a Colazione di Capodanno (build your own New Year’s breakfast kit), which includes delicious options such as rosemary focaccia French toast casserole, farm fresh eggs, River Bear bacon and sweet Italian sausage, Barolo Grill signature blend coffee beans or grounds, half bottles and full bottles of sparkling wine, and mimosa kits. $110 per person (add $65 for wine pairings, a takeout menu is also available), brunch kits range from $25–100; book your table here; 3030 E. 6th Ave.
Holiday-themed potato doughnuts are waiting for you at Berkeley Donuts on Tennyson Street, located inside Hops & Pie. Flavors of the season include sugar cookie (sourdough potato doughnut topped with sugar cookies); hazelnut pastry (cream-filled sourdough with Nutella glaze and toasted hazelnuts); peppermint bark (chocolate cake doughnut with white chocolate glaze and peppermint bark pieces); and gingerbread (gingerbread glazed with sprinkles and gingerbread cookies). From $3 per doughnut; email orders 24 hours ahead to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-477-7000 on the day you want to pick up; 3920 Tennyson St.
Chef-owner Linda Hampsten Fox has a NYE package for every type of celebration. Choose from the Home in Pajama’s (choice of one or two dozen pierogies with Rebel Green salad); Home in A Little Black Dress or Suit (coffee-braised short ribs, poblano cheese grits, lime-maple glazed acorn squash and salad); or Home Almost Naked (half dozen Kumamoto oysters with coconut lime granita, grilled 1.5-pound Maine lobster, and more). From $49; order online by December 29 for pick-up on December 31; 1817 Central St.
The fried chicken specialists at Birdcall are cooking two special friends and family bundles this holiday season. Opt for the original sandwich meal, which comes with four sandwiches, fries, dessert, and sauces, or the tender meal, which includes 15 crispy chicken tenders, fries, dessert, and sauces. $50; order online for pick-up on the date of your choosing; available at all three locations
Leave the cooking to chef Eric Skokan and his team at Boulder’s Black Cat Bistro this New Year’s Eve. Savor appetizers such as seared brandade with black garbanzo stew and goat cheese gnudi with braised Tunnis lamb and Grana Padano cheese, then choose from main course options such as saffron risotto, Colorado striped bass, and a duo of beef. Dessert calls for opera cake with truffles. $80 per person; order online for pick-up on December 31; 1964 13th St., Boulder
Bid farewell to 2021 with a virtual New Year’s Eve celebration flowing with Colorado wine. The Blanchard package comes with a hosted online happy hour, sweets from Thornton-based Bella Macarons, and two bottles of Sauvage Spectrum sparkling wine. Or stock up for your own soirée via Blanchard’s Colorado Favorites variety pack, complete with 12 bottles from local producers like Vinnie Fera, Restoration Vineyards, the Storm Cellar, and more. $80 for the virtual event (which starts at 7 p.m. on December 31); $340 for the 12-bottle Colorado Favorites pack; order online by December 23 to receive your wines and macarons by December 30 or order for pick-up at 1855 Blake St., Suite 120.
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Boulder County Farmers Market is going virtual for the holidays. Head to the online shopping hub to enliven your gift-giving and holiday cooking with locally-sourced items like farm-fresh produce and meats, tamales, ice cream, snacks, cheeses, condiments, pies, and plenty more. Prices vary; order online for curbside pick-up in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Denver; Monday delivery is also available in Denver
Brasserie Boulder, a ghost kitchen from Cafe Aion, has a special holiday menu featuring main dishes such as rack of lamb, whole roast chicken, cassoulet, and potato gratin, paired with a selection of sides, a dessert, and beverages. Don’t miss the caramelized apple tart tatin. Entrées start at $27 (serves two to four), $24 for the tart; order online for pick-up or Boulder delivery on the day of your choice (December 18–January 3); 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder
Whip up a Mediterranean classic in your own kitchen with Cafe Aion’s paella-at-home kit. The package comes with a 10-inch paella pan, saffron-tomato sofrito base, imported Bomba rice, shrimp, chicken, chorizo, and a recipe from chef-owner Dakota Soifer. Upgrade the experience with a three-pack of wines or A Bite of Boulder cookbook. Samplers of sherries and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. From $55 (feeds at least two), beverages start at $23; order online for curbside pick-up or Boulder delivery on the day of your choice; 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder
Brighten any winter day with breakfast, brunch, and lunch fare from Park Hill’s Cake Crumbs, including quiches (meat and vegetarian); bagel, pastry, and croissant sandwich platters; take-and-bake biscuits and gravy; and lots more. Add a four-pack of mimosas and a variety of baked treats (take-and-bake cinnamon rolls, four-inch cakes, bourbon pecan pies, and lots more). Prices vary; order online for pick-up on a date of your choosing; 2216 Kearney St.
Chef Amy Brown will prepare a ready-to-reheat New Year’s Eve takeout dinner, complete with crab and roasted red pepper bisque, Cabernet-braised beef short ribs with au jus, aged cheddar grits, Southern smoky collard greens—plus, a brioche loaf with housemade butter and bourbon pecan pie with chantilly cream. $65 per person; call 303-953-8718 to order for pick-up on December 31; 1028 S. Gaylord St.
Dio Mio’s NYE party box includes shrimp cocktail with Calabrian cocktail sauce; housemade bread sticks; sliced coppa, fennel pollen salami, and prosciutto; housemade stracciatella, Pecorino Toscano, olives, candied nuts, sour apricot puree; dijon and whole grain mustard; and olive and balsamic vinegar. $65 (serves two to four); order online for pick-up December 31; 3264 Larimer St.
Restauranteur Justin Cucci and chef Corey Ferguson are hosting a virtual NYE celebration—a four-course culinary journey through Spain with a trio of pintxos; burrata; and seafood paella, which you will prepare with virtual instruction from the chefs at home. The meal also includes cheesecake mousse, gin and tonics, and wine. $85 per person; order online for pick-up on December 31; 2930 Umatilla, fifth floor
Chefs Eduardo Valle Lobo and Kelly Jeun are cooking fried chicken, paired with splits of Krug Rose and Krug Grande Cuvée. With the help of a prepped meal kit and video guidance, diners will enjoy seasonal crudités, buttermilk-marinated fried chicken thighs, housemade potato bread, and a torta al cioccolato. $320 (serves two); email email@example.com to order for pick-up on December 31 at either Frasca in Boulder (1738 Pearl St., Boulder) or Tavernetta in Denver (1889 16th St.).
Factotum Brewhouse and Saranya Cooks Thai are pairing up to offer Thai meal kits complemented by Factotum brews. The packages include all of the instructions and ingredients (with the exception of your choice of protein) required to make pad thai, massaman curry, pad see ew, or green curry—all of which are paired with a four pack of beer. For every meal kit sold, Saranya Cooks Thai will donate a food box to a local immigrant or refugee family in need. Starting at $49 (serves at least two), order online for pick-up on December 31; 3845 Lipan St.
Ensure you start 2021 on the right foot with a good luck kit from the Family Jones and JuJu Be Gifting, featuring a 750ml bottle of Automatic Jones Rock and Rye, two geometric mountain rocks glasses, a sage and palo santo, selenite crystal for clearing and positive energy, and apothecary matches. $75; order online for pick-up at the Spirit House on a date of your choosing; 3245 Osage St.
The team at Hickory & Ash in Broomfield are hosting a virtual Battle of the Bubbles, led by advanced sommeliers Kevin Arndt and William Davis. The package includes a bottle of Schramsberg California sparkling wine and a bottle of Henriot French Champagne and a Zoom invitation to sip and learn from those who know the bubbles best. To soak up all of the libations, order the multi-course supper for two, featuring whole roast chicken, cornbread pudding, baby arugula salad, sweet potato and squash soup, and chocolate pot de créme. $85 for the Battle of the Bubbles package (the event starts at 6 p.m.), $75 for the dinner (serves two); call 720-390-4400 to order for pick-up on December 31; 8001 Arista Pl., suite 150, Broomfield
Jax Fish House is offering a party in a box with a three-course meal, bubbly, and festive funmakers (confetti, noisemakers, and more). Choose from oysters Rockefeller or peel-and-eat shrimp for an appetizer and lobster bento or lobster mac and cheese for the second course. The third course is blue crab-stuffed whole lobster. $145 (for two); order online by December 27 for pick-up December 31 at all Jax locations
The Kitchen has a special menu of finish-at-home New Year’s Eve dishes, available for takeout or delivery. Options include caviar and Pringles, Southern fried chicken, lobster rolls, West Coast oysters, and she crab soup. Prices vary; order online for pick-up on December 31 in Boulder (1039 Pearl St.) or Denver (1560 Wazee St.)
A three-course prix-fixe menu is available for you to enjoy at home or on the restaurant’s heated outdoor patio. Choose from starters like potato blinis with Ossetra caviar or homemade foie gras and entrées such as the Cajun chicken and roasted veal tenderloin. Dessert calls for a traditional cheese plate or chocolat mousse. $95 per person (add $65 for wine pairings, $25 for kids); book your table or order online for pick-up December 31
Le French is offering a decadent, four-course New Year’s Eve menu for takeout this year. Start with a cheese or charcuterie board, then pick between French onion or pumpkin soups or a beet and berry salad. Entrée options include salmon with potato-truffle emulsion and duck leg confit in Champagne sauce, and dessert can be chocolate mousse or crêpes Suzette. Boxes of pastries are also available. $75 per person for dinner, pastry boxes start at $24; order online for pick-up on December 31; 4901 S. Newport St.
For New Year’s Eve, indulge in a party platter loaded with cheeses and charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, crudites with an assortment of dips, and an olive and salad bar, plus a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne. $250 (serves six); order online for pick-up on December 24 or 25; 249 Columbine St.
Indulge in a four-course Baja-inspired spread this New Year’s Eve with four courses: artichoke king crab dip with green chiles, mole-braised short ribs, honey lacquered roast duck, and tres leches cake. Buy a bottle of tequila from Lola and receive a free cocktail mix. Reservations are also available for outdoor patio dining at the restaurant. $185 (for two), bottles of tequila start at $35; book your table or order online for pick-up on December 31; 575 Boulder St.
Mici’s is making whole lasagnas with Tuscan meat sauce, a Micelis family recipe that’s been passed down three generations. The trays are available ready-to-reheat or uncooked and can be stored for up to three days in the refrigerator. Add one of the restaurant’s salads and some garlic bread to make it a complete meal. $100 (serves 12–20), garlic bread and salads start at $4.99; order online for pick-up December 15–January 1 at locations in Congress Park (727 Colorado Blvd.), Lafayette (535 W. South Boulder Rd.), Central Park (2373 Central Park Blvd.), Highlands Ranch (9245 S. Broadway), and Parker (11290 Twenty Mile Rd.)
Stock your bar with Mile High Spirits’s stellar Start the Party holiday bundle, which includes two bottles of Elevate Vodka, one bottle of Cuidado Tequila, one bottle of Fireside Bourbon, one bottle of Fireside Old Fashioned, and one bottle of Denver Dry Gin. $110; order online for pick-up at the tasting room Thursday–Sunday; 2201 Lawrence St.
If you’ve got a case of cabin fever, kick off 2021 with a staycation at the Maven Hotel. Those who book a room between December 30 and January 2 can opt for the “Bye, 2020” package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, a seasonal charcuterie board from Poka Lola Social Club, and festive NYE goodies. From $189 per night; 1850 Wazee St.
Chef Max MacKissock is reviving the sold-out Bucket & Bubs pop-up. Order the juicy, fried organic Green Circle chicken a la carte or with sides like macaroni and cheese gratin, Parker House rolls, chicken liver mousse, caviar, and more. Several bubbles pairing options are available. Starting at $16 per person; order online for pick-up or delivery on December 31; 1600 15th St.
Nest Cafe is baking from-scratch vegan and gluten-free holiday cookies, including superfood sugar cookies, ginger snaps, and peanut butter kisses. Opt for a holiday cookie box, which comes with four cookies of each flavor, and upgrade your order with a bottle of organic Cirelli VDT 2019 Rosso for an extra cost. $14 for the cookies, $40 for the wine add-on; order online for pick-up or delivery on the date of your choosing; 2949 Federal Blvd.
Join the team of sommeliers at Noble Riot for a New Year’s Eve Sabering Class. Attendees will learn how to open a bottle of bubbles using the sabering technique once popular with Napoleon’s troops. Additions of Champagne, fried chicken, and take-and-bake lobster mac and cheese are also available. $59 per person (includes bubbles and a sharp object for sabering; the class starts at 9:30 p.m. on December 31); reserve your spot online; 1336 27th St.
Enjoy a socially distant bash at Number Thirty Eight, featuring performances by Brianna Straut and Wildermiss. Tickets include a glass of bubbly; entrance into a raffle for swag, deals, and gift cards; and a “Midnight to Rio”-themed countdown to the new year at 8 p.m. $50–75 per person (4–9 p.m.); reserve your spot online; 3560 Chestnut Pl.
This iconic, seasonal Boulder restaurant is offering a family-style feast for New Year’s Eve of oak-grilled 32-ounce ribeye, Brussels sprouts, sauce au poivre, and fries. Other a la cart options include dim sum, king crab spring rolls, ahi tuna poke, and more. $110 for the meal (serves two to three); call 303-444-3622 to order for pick-up on December 31; 400 Pearl St., Boulder
Available for New Year’s Day, the Morning After Bunch package features homemade donuts holes dusted in powdered sugar and Hizzle-Drizzle sauce, two smothered breakfast burritos (vegetarian or bacon), and a bottle of sparkling wine and a pint of orange juice. The restaurant will also host a DJ in your PJs brunch on its patio on January 1, encouraging patrons to dine in their PJs while enjoying tunes. $46 for the Morning After Brunch package, call 720-535-9719 to order for pick-up on January 1 or call ahead to reserve your table; 1900 Chestnut Pl.
The Post’s four-course meal kit includes a ready-to-heat Good Luck Country Cassoulet, a take on the French classic with smoked pork shoulder, black-eyed peas, greens, andouille sausage, chicken drumsticks, broth, and breadcrumbs. The decadent dish, which comes in a skillet for you to keep, is served alongside crab-stuffed cremini mushrooms, a spinach salad, chocolate cream pie, and four 32-ounce crowlers of Post craft beer (Howdy Beer Western Pilsner, Townie IPA, El Corn Amber Lager, and Big James Brunch Stout). $130; order online by December 29 for pick-up on December 31; available at all four Post locations
The Build-Your-Own-Luck NYE dinner at Restaurant Olivia features three courses by chef Ty Leon. Choose from blueberry-pomegrante salad or braised pork shoulder for the first course; lobster spaghetti or anelli curry for the second; and pineapple tart tartin or passionfruit cheesecake for dessert. Enhance your experience with caviar service; a customized Champagne cocktail; mimosa kit; or take-and-bake cinnamon rolls. $75 per person, add-ons start at $25; call 303-506-2577 for pick-up on December 31; 290 S. Downing St.
James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski is offering three-course meals with your choice of starter, two sides, an entrée, and dessert, available for New Year’s Eve. Highlights include pomegranate shaved fennel salad; black truffle bordelaise braised short ribs; and pommes aligot (Cantal cheese potato purée). The finale is your choice of gingerbread cake with sugar plums or bourbon pecan pie. $53 per person; call 303-820-2282 or order online for pick-up on December 31; 1431 Larimer St.
Send off the year that wasn’t with a meal kit from chef Daniel Asher. For New Year’s Eve dinner, have duck confit l’orange with a mixed greens salad, truffled mashed potatoes, baby carrots in saffron honey, and opera cake. Or go for the New Year’s Day brunch kit, equipped with stuffed berry cream cheese French toast with Vermont maple syrup, spicy sausage links, and home fries. $110 for the dinner kit, $55 for the brunch kit; order online by December 30 for pick-up on December 31; 2328 Pearl St., Boulder
Bring some of Room For Milly’s magic into your home with a happy hour box from the slick bar, which includes pre-bottled cocktails and bites for 10 people (one drink per person or two drinks per person for a party of five. $185; order online for pick-up on December 31; 1615 Platte St., Suite 145
The culinary pros at Root Down are offering a ready-to-serve prix-fixe dinner. Choose from carrot and Thai red curry soup, devils on horseback, or citrus and persimmon salad for your first course, then dig into to Callicrate New York strip, mushroom farfalle, or diver scallops. Banana cream pie or a peppermint hot chocolate bomb is your finale. $55 per person; online for pick-up December 31; 1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Safta’s New Year’s Eve feast includes 10 delicious dishes, including tahini and lamb ragu hummuses, harissa roasted chicken, fattoush salad, black truffle mashed potatoes, and Champagne mousse trifle. $175 (serves four); the Source Hotel, 3330 Brighton Blvd.; order online for pick-up on December 31
Boulder’s A Spice of Life has several curated meal packages ranging from casual to upscale. Highlights include the Belford, featuring an assortment of rustic breads, a garden salad, garlic haricots verts, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and roasted turkey; and the Cameron, complete with bistro tenderloin sliders, baked artichoke dip, caprese skewers, herb-marinated chicken skewers, and a meat and cheese board. From $16 per person; call 303-443-4049 to order and coordinate a pick-up date and time; 5541 Central Ave. Suite 272, Boulder
Parties of four can dine under the stars in one of Spice Trade Brewing’s private dining domes and enjoy a four-course menu of charcuterie, three appetizers, four entrées, and four desserts. Optional beer or wine pairings are available ($25 and $35, respectively), or sip a Spice Trade’s Brut IPA, brewed just for the occasion. $50 per person; call 720-710-9508 to reserve your table; 8775 E. Orchard Rd., Suite 811, Greenwood Village
The Highland neighborhood Italian gem Spuntino will cook and serve you a romantic New Year’s Eve tasting menu on its heated, tented patio or pack the whole shebang for you to enjoy at home. The six-course feast includes cheesy arancini, a salad with Rebel Farm greens and Colorado apples, garlic-ricotta raviolini with black truffles, porchetta, and Meyer lemon vanilla panna cotta. If you can, add on the wine pairing which will feature special picks from co-owner/general manager Elliot Strathmann’s cult cellar. From $120 for two people with optional $80 paired wine flight; call 303-433-0949 or order online; 2639 W. 32nd Ave.
Steuben’s Arvada is offering an Italian chicken dinner for two, which includes chicken cacciatore with braised skin-on drumsticks and thighs, bacon, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, poblano peppers, tomatoes, white wine chicken stock, and herbs—all served with Texas toast and an antipasto salad. $35 for the Italian dinner (serves two); order online for pick-up at Steuben’s Arvada (7355 Ralston Rd.) or delivery on December 31
At Jennifer Jasinski’s Union Station seafood restaurant, three-course holiday meals are available for New Year’s Eve. Choose from lobster thermidor, mushroom ravioli, and surf-and-turf with New York strip-wrapped ahi tuna ravioli, to be paired with wilted kale and roasted acorn squash sides and Hoosier sugar cream pie or chocolate cake for dessert. Keep the party going with S&G’s Morning After package, complete with house-made buttermilk biscuits and cranberry scones, granola yogurt, and quiche with caramelized onion, kale, and bacon. From $49 per person, brunch starts at $30 per person; call 303-640-3474 or order online for pick-up on December 31; Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.
In celebration of Sushi Den’s 36th anniversary, owners Toshi and Yasu Kizaki will debut the Holiday triple bento box and Chef’s Table at Home. The Holiday by Toshi Kizaki is Japanese tasting journey, a limited-edition masterpiece for two that combines all your favorite sushi, sashimi, seafood, izakaya-style items, plus dessert. Chef’s Table at Home by Yasu Kizaki will include a tapestry of Sushi Den sushi and sashimi favorites (11 to 13 pieces total) along with the signature miso black cod and sake pairings. $140+ for the bento (serves two), $125+ per person for the Chef’s Table; order online for pick-up January 1 and 2 (learn about the different pick-up times here and here); 1487 South Pearl St.
Table 6 is serving a three-course prix-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner, available for dine-in on the restaurant’s outdoor patio or for curbside pick-up. Start with crab cakes with roasted red pepper remoulade and celery heart salad, then savor osso bucco with creamy polenta and wilted Swiss chard. Chocolate pot au crème with pomegranate whipped cream is what’s for dessert. $120 (for two); book your table or order online by December 27 for pick-up on December 31; 609 Corona St.
The Tavernetta New Year’s Eve party kit includes Dom Perignon, black truffle butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano popcorn, and party poppers. The favors are excellent accompaniments to the restaurant’s meatball sub kit, featuring two sub rolls, meatballs and sauce, grated cheese, and pickled peppers, served with an antipasto salad and rum baba shooters for dessert. $185 for the party kit, $75 for the sub kit; order online for pick-up on December 31; 1889 16th St.
Uchi is serving two special omakase menus for two, either for dine-in on the restaurant’s outdoor patio or takeout. Highlights include oysters with salted green apple and shiro kombu; Australian Wagyu strip with kimchi and shaved turnip salad; and miso pudding with butterscotch, Japanese whisky, and Marcona almond. $120 (serves two), call 303-444-1922 to reserve your table or order for pick-up on December 31; 2500 Lawrence St.
What could be better for New Year’s at home than fantasy traveling through a Spanish-inspired spread of tapas and/or gourmet tinned fish and sparkling wine? The pro culinary team at Union Station’s Ultreia have got you covered this year, with a tapas extravaganza for two or “Jessica’s Feast” featuring three tins of José Gourmet tinned fish and accoutrements like house made potato chips, aïoli, charcoal salt, and a bottle Crafted Concepts C3 cava. Add on the likes of smoked duck legs, croquetas, or spiced ribs as your whims dictate. $100 (for two) for the tapas feast, $100 for Jessica’s Feast, other prices vary; pick up on December 29–31 at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.