Never mind all those visions of sugar plums -- many local restaurants have laid on much fancier food for the holidays. And most of the very elaborate menus seem to involve the millennium celebration on New Year's Eve. At the Adam's Mark Hotel, the New Year's Eve buffet in the grand ballroom, for instance, will feature carved steamship round. Nothing particularly unusual about that you say? Well actually, this one is a carved steamship round of Bison. The buffet will also feature smoked wild turkey and there'll be a fondue station and a pasta station, too. Meanwhile, downstairs, the Adam's Mark is serving a sit-down seven-course meal in the Deco Restaurant, where Michael Civisca will entertain. Menu choices will include Lobster Medallions with Champagne Creme and Chives. The dessert, to be called Chocolate Y2K, will be so elaborate that the pastry chef is still working out the details.
Cross the Peace Bridge into Canada (if you dare) and here's just part of what you'll get to eat at Hillebrand's Estates Vineyard Cafe: Lobster and Truffle Salad with Almond Vinaigrette, Squab Breast with Sweetbread Sausage, Pan Seared Scallops and Pistachio Foie Gras, Riesling Ice, a Lamb Rack and a Venison Rack with Bittersweet Chocolate Jus. Of course, suitable wines will be served with all the above -- they're in the Hillebrand "wine library" working out suitable combinations even as you read this.
Over at Mark's in Tonawanda, owner/chef Mark Warren says he'll be concentrating on game. On the menu: a quail appetizer and a choice of venison or muscovy duck entree. Dessert will include a Bourbon Pecan Tart with Caramel Creme Anglasis. Over at Warren's Zuzon in Amherst, though, the focus is different. They are doing a limited menu featuring a three-course "Best of the Year" dinner, featuring the most popular specials of the year. That includes goodies like Mushroom Pierogis and Crab Spring with Raspberry Teriyaki Sauce.
An additional note: you may or may not be surprised to learn that McDonalds is not serving anything special for the millennium -- Big Macs and fries will be the order of the day, but you should know that starting Jan. 1, 2000, the chain will be offering a breakfast special. Two Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches with Egg will run you $2.22.
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