Contest alert: Win dinner for two at Trillium on New Year's Eve

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Lori Midson
Trillium chef/owner Ryan Leinonen
When Trillium, Ryan Leinonen's highly anticipated Scandinavian restaurant, opened a few weeks ago in the Ballpark neighborhood, the accolades began almost immediately, which was good news for Leinonen. "I want to have one of the top five restaurants in Denver," he told me during a pre-opening interview. We recently spotted Squeaky Bean chef Max MacKissock and his wife, chef Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall) having a dinner date at Trillium, and on New Year's Eve, you (along with a date of your choice) can also indulge -- for free.

Trillium is offering a three-course dinner with wine flights and a champagne toast to one lucky duo who can convince us, in ten words or less, why they deserve dinner for two at Trillium. Please submit your pleas in the comments section below, and be sure to leave your first name (at least) and a valid e-mail address so we can contact you if you're the winner.

Seatings are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., and we'll announce the winner on Friday, December 30 at noon.

The menu, which accommodates both carnivores and herbivores, is below.

Choose One Selection From Each Course

First Course:

Winter salad of turnips, pears, kohlrabi, carrots, friseé, grilled marbled rye, vasterbotton and vanilla vinaigrette

Apple, rosemary and cheese curd bread pudding with cider black pepper gastrique, olive oil and sprout salad

Toast "Skagen" with poached shrimp, dill mayo, golden trout roe, fennel salad and brown butter brioche

Steelhead trout raaka: shallots, apple, fennel, horseradish "snow", salmon roe and grilled marbled rye

Second Course:

Pan-roasted Red Bird Farm chicken with Brussels sprouts, egg noodles and bacon mustard vinaigrette

Grilled Harris Ranch beef tenderloin with roasted toot vegetables, black pepper brandy caramel and bacon whipped cream

Pan-roasted Steelhead trout with gold potatoes, leeks, celery, fennel, carrots and mussel dill broth

* A seasonal vegetarian entree may be substituted.

Third Course:

Carrot Cake with maple ice cream and carrot caramel

Buttermilk lemon pudding cake with lingonberry sauce

Novo espresso panna cotta with milk jam

Warm chocolate fallen cake with Chambord ice cream

Location Info

Trillium

2134 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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84 comments
ekaterina
ekaterina

I have been waiting and waiting to taste cloudberry anything after years of salivating from watching New Scandinavian Cooking on PBS. ALTHOUGH I have not used diacritics (ø) and do not work with homeless people - (the two comments that i feel should win) I would love love nothing more to eat cloudberry with the aforementioned. 

Brandon S
Brandon S

My scooter was stolen yesterday and I need good news!

margaret
margaret

Roast toast, bacon whipped cream, this foodie's NYE fest dream!

Ryan
Ryan

Fiance doesn't think microwaved Ikea meatballs is romantic?

Steve_culler
Steve_culler

I cant afford it but I work hard as hell

Spmorris
Spmorris

Eftersom vi saknar Sverige och smaklig svensk mat!

Stina

Loribatra
Loribatra

Swaddled in bodega of flavors,

bright seed in culinary abyss

lori - loribatra@yahoo.com

Ryan
Ryan

I would like to compare this to IKEA's Cafeteria :-)

RH
RH

The menu sounds delicious! It would certainly be nice to get dressed up and go out with my new special someone. A beautiful start to the evening before we get to kiss at midnight! (Let's hope it will last throughout the year and many years to come!) raquel@guuzen.com

PaulG303
PaulG303

Need to practice Scandinavian accent.  Ikea keeps kicking me out.

paulg [at] web-shock.com

Gzollo
Gzollo

saying goodbye to 2011 without having to eat at 7-11

Jamkayc
Jamkayc

Popping my best friend's Denver cherry.  First timer!!!

cold666pack
cold666pack

Two sensations intermingle, anticipation and delectable tastes, create culinary crescendo.

Nice
Nice

Spent last New Year in the hospital with our 4 month old on a respiration system.

Missy B
Missy B

End ennui of overly-fancified fare with maraschino cherry smorgasbord

Lara
Lara

First Colorado New Years! Introduce me to great local dining. Lara (press320@hotmail.com)

Bizeau
Bizeau

smeg grogg wit grendel

Marin
Marin

We know precious little about Scandinavian cuisine - adventure!

CMM
CMM

Boyfriend "needs an inspirational time/place" to propose. Trillium/NYE!!!

Larissa Gaul
Larissa Gaul

here's to 2011. long live the ephemeral.

Flipnrun
Flipnrun

To indulge and celebrate at Denver's best restaurant for 2012! Filip...flipnrun@yahoo.com

Ace of Base
Ace of Base

IKEA, ABBA, and Forsberg are envious of my Trillium jubilation!

Joe Stupp
Joe Stupp

I hate contests. Three words. Now five. Now seven. Wait.

Oriol
Oriol

Because that would be an alternative to staying homeOriolwhscllng@gmail:disqus .com

Dean Keim
Dean Keim

I need some of the awesome Trillium food in my belly to help deal with the debauchery of the rest of the night~! deankeim@hotmail.com

David
David

Eat beyond our means For one evening anyway-- Scandinavian.

Downtoearthgourmet
Downtoearthgourmet

Local chef has homesick and hungry swedish boyfriend. Can't wait.

scokco
scokco

Winter...cheese...dill...trout...leeks...and lingonberry...Welcome New Year!

alex
alex

perfect finale to a year of love, stars, loss, change.

Steve
Steve

Got divorced this year. I could use some cheering up.

Steve

se_read at yahoo.com

Kim
Kim

Would love to taste trout roe before world's end- 2012

Greg1701
Greg1701

My aunt had a dog named Trillium

Sreichert20
Sreichert20

I would like to be considered to win the New Year's Dinner at Trillium.  I have heard so much about it and we went to the opening of Ignite, next to it and it looks like a wonderful place to eat and the special time would be New Years Eve to dine there. Thank you very much for the opportunity to try to win.

Chef1
Chef1

Menus like these are boring, over-written poetry on paper. Tired.

offdisc
offdisc

Ate lunch at Ignite, while drooling over thoughts of Trillium

Sunana
Sunana

Few worthier causes than transforming couple from courtship to lovers.

Hungryguy
Hungryguy

I work at a school. I need a good meal.

Alexandra
Alexandra

4 Adults 3 Kids 3 Dogs one house, night off priceless!ambrosia0739@hotmail.com

chris
chris

Daytime architect meets nighttime chef, never get to see others face.

Corypelc
Corypelc

I can't follow up a NYE proposal in Las Vegas, but I am still hoping to wow my fiance this year . . . maybe you folks can help out . . . 

Evamarie Perron
Evamarie Perron

Pretty, pretty please pick me! With a lingonberry on top?

Evamarie Perron
Evamarie Perron

Pretty, pretty please pick me! With a lingonberry on top! 

RBogue85
RBogue85

Chef in training, living on ramen, need I say more?

Jodi
Jodi

Haven't had high-end Scandinavian food since Aquavit in Minneapolis closed.

scokco
scokco

Last name: Miller.  Happy New Year!

starchef
starchef

You're just tired of not being able to write a menu or cook food like they can...

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