ENTRÉE: Make your NYE dinner plans soon; plus, some last-minute, foodie gifts

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If you're not heading to a party or First Night Spokane, consider the following options.
  • If you're not heading to a party or First Night Spokane, consider the following options.

WHERE TO DRINK & DINE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Don’t wait until the last minute to make plans for how you’ll ring in 2018, or you’ll probably find yourself out of luck. For a few suggestions of where to start, here’s a short (and by no means comprehensive) round-up of some events around the region to close out the new year in a festive spirit.

Head to Coeur d’Alene for an intimate New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Greenbriar Inn’s 315 Martinis & Tapas. The restaurant is opening at 4:30, and suggests that guests make reservations as soon as possible to secure their preferred dining time.

Make a night of it at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and start the 1990s-themed evening with a special dinner at Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits. A three-course dinner for two is offered at $65, and the menu features grilled flatbread, a surf ’n’ turf entree and eggnog pie for dessert. Reservations are recommended. Other festivities throughout the evening include costume contests, giveaways and dancing to music from live DJs.

Go back in time a little further to the disco decadence of the 1970s with Mirabeau Park Hotel’s themed shindig, offering a dance party, special NYE dinner in Max at Mirabeau (happy hour runs from 3-6 pm, with dinner served from 5 pm to close). Tickets to the festivities are $30/advance and $35/door, and gets you entry, party favors, raffle entries, access to a nacho bar and a champagne toast at midnight.

For a quieter, classy evening out, consider reservations at Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie. The esteemed restaurant’s chefs have created two tasting menus ($95/person) of six courses each, with a glass or wine or cocktail and a glass of champagne. Call 315-4613 to make reservations.

LAST MINUTE FOODIE GIFTS

Food and booze can be great gift ideas if you’re scrambling to find something last minute that’s still thoughtful and which will be appreciated by the recipient.

Consider getting the food lovers you know tickets to the second annual Crave! Food and Drink Celebration happening this coming summer, July 12-18. Details for the second inception of the regional culinary event are already firming up; this coming year’s version will include four main events, two grand tastings and will host more than 60 chefs. Tickets are available for weekend packages ($271 for early birds), individual grand tastings and other options.

Inspiration for food and drink-related gift ideas can also be found in the pages of the Inlander each week. Here are a handful of links to some local businesses we’ve recently profiled in the food section. Click the link to read each of our features, which contain more details about where and how to purchase:
IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

Just above we name-dropped one of the food-related businesses profiled in the latest edition of the Inlander, Caramel Kitchen. Read our feature on the family who started the decadent dessert topping business, and where you can find their ooey-gooey treats. Also this week we introduce readers to a new restaurant in East Spokane, The Mascot Pizza. Meet the owners and learn the inspiration for the business and its spirited pies.

A version of this information originally appeared in our weekly Entrée food newsletter; sign up to get it delivered directly to your inbox here. Find the previous edition of the Entrée blog here.