WINNER UPDATE: Win a New Year's Eve dinner for two (and a midnight celebration) at Central Bistro & Bar

UPDATE: We've chosen a winner of our contest, wherein one couple gets a complimentary dinner for two on New Year's Eve at Central Bistro & Bar. Congrats to K.D. Bryan, who tugged at our romantic heartstrings with this answer: "I'm proposing to my sweetie at midnight! A romantic meal beforehand will leave zero room in my stomach for butterflies!" We hope she doesn't turn you down, K.D. Look in your inbox for information on how to claim your prize.

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While a lot of us have a standing date with the recliner, the TV and a bottle of bubbly on New Year's Eve, watching the yearly ball drop in Times Square (RIP Dick Clark) isn't exactly a thrilling way to ring in the New Year. Debauchery is much more fun, and so, too, is a lovely night out on the town with whomever it is that you plan to swap spit with at midnight.

There are numerous restaurants hosting New Year's Eve celebrations, including Central Bistro & Bar, Lance Barto's inventive restaurant in Highland. The restaurant is hosting two seatings, an early one from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. that features three courses for $45 per person, and a 7 p.m. seating inclusive of five courses for $65 per person; there's a midnight celebration, too, beginning at 11 p.m., along with a 1960s-era jazz band. And while you can pick up the phone and make your reservation before they sell out, you can also win a complimentary dinner for two to the 7 p.m. seating, plus partake in the midnight festivities, which include unlimited Gruet Blanc de Noir, draft beer or premium well cocktails. Woo-hoo!

Read on for how you can emerge victorious.

See also:
- New Year's Eve: Where will you ring it in?
- First Look: the highly anticipated Central opens on Wednesday in Highland

We'll award the prize to one really lucky couple who can convince us, in twenty words or less, why they deserve dinner for two (extra points for originality). To win, sign in to our commenting system, Livefyre, leave your best argument, along with your name and a valid e-mail address. If you don't leave a valid e-mail address, you won't be eligible to claim the prize. We'll announce the winner on Wednesday, December 12.

In the meantime, here's the menu:

Central New Year's Eve Menu

First course

Oysters on the half shell, black pepper-shallot mignonette
or
Clams casino with house-cured bacon, pangritata and roasted red pepper coulis
or
Braised pork belly, parsnip puree, roasted Brussels sprouts and demi-glace

Second course

Tuna sashimi, green apple, pickled beets, lemon citronette and cayenne
or
Foie gras torchon, baking spices, date-onion compote, crostini
or
Humboldt Fog goat cheese, wildflower honey gastrique, extra virgin olive oil wheat lavash

Third course

Roasted beet salad, apples, frisee, fennel, goat cheese panna cotta
or
Cream of parsnip soup, apple butter, parsnip crumble, turnip and frisee

Fourth course

Beef wellington, foie gras, mushrooms, pommes puree, wilted kale, bordelaise
or
Pan-roasted striped bass, lobster emulsion, leek-bacon-white bean ragout and crispy shallots

Dessert course

Nutella Waffle, banana butterscotch, pretzel ice cream



Location Info

Central Bistro & Bar

1691 Central St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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28 comments
mjm14540
mjm14540

I was born in the Sixties but promise not to wear my birthday suit!! I have 5 words to state why I would love to win. Single mother of six daughters!!! Cheers!

mjm14540@yahoo.com

denco
denco

Forgot my email address: denco_1998@yahoo.com

denco
denco

A haiku entry.

Going someplace nice

Make my wife very happy

The New Year starts right.

laganam
laganam

Because we are spending the week prior in the frozen tundra (i.e. Minnesota) with my in-laws and need warm food/alone time to recover.

beatrixbonheimer
beatrixbonheimer

I need a date with my hubby so bad . We didnt get to spend new years together last year and this year we have a baby we really need some us time.

homeoticgene
homeoticgene

It's New Year's Eve! Even if I can't get any Dick, my boyfriend should at least be treated to some clam! 

homeoticgene@gmail.com

jonelanc
jonelanc

Neither my girlfiriend or I can cook like that and deserve a delicious meal.  She spends all day at a day care with toddlers and deserves something like this. 

Lance

jonelanc@gmail.com

thadmccauley
thadmccauley

Here is my best argument to elect me as winner of this dinner. If elected I will: 1. TAX CUTS TO HELP Central Bistro & Bar HIRE AND GROW. 2. PUTTING WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB eating great food WHILE REBUILDING AND MODERNIZING AMERICA. 3. PATHWAYS BACK TO WORK FOR AMERICANS LOOKING FOR JOBS partying for free on nye! 4. Five course of TAX RELIEF FOR EVERY AMERICAN WORKER AND FAMILY plus jazz! Thad J. McCauley thadmccauley@comcast.net

flk99
flk99

Did you read that menu? No "Ain't No Butta Chicken Wing with Firecracker Sauce" like Fieri's? Awesome! Love, NYT.

gabsimonelouise
gabsimonelouise

Because I am determined to finally win one of these Westword "win dinner for two" contests!

KDBryan
KDBryan

I'm proposing to my sweetie at midnight! A romantic meal beforehand will leave zero room in my stomach for butterflies!

K. D. Bryan 

KDBryan@gmail.com

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Oysters and Fois Gras and Lobster - oh, my!  Prepared by Chef Lance and his team.  I'm drooling already.  Happy 2013!

swancewi
swancewi

It's simple science: we'll be spending Dec. 31st skiing, hiking, biking or frolicking in the mountains...we deserve the calories!

demitriusr
demitriusr

Because I could seem like High Society to the Girlfriend before New Years. And Get me New Years Eve Nookie.

Demitrius

Demitriusr@Gmail.com

heathertruhan
heathertruhan

Let's all swayback to the decade that invented lasers, Warhol soup can art, psychedelic textiles AND central (bistro) love! -- alpineheidi24@gmail.com

Saratoga
Saratoga

Definitely wanting with out of town guests...what could be grander?

emmrios67
emmrios67

Because I survived the end of the world!

{12-21-12}

Name- E. Rios

Valid email - emmrios67@gmail.com

alexandrafriedman
alexandrafriedman

NYE is my Birthday and

I’ll eat if I want to…

You would eat too if Central happened to you!

cherreturns
cherreturns

Pregnant last year; pregnant again this year. May never leave the house again. We need this!

beth63111
beth63111

New Year's at Central will be grand,

While listening to a fine jazz band,

With my guy holding my hand.

Name: Beth Harris

Email: eaharris_stl [AT] hotmail [DOT] com

akonk
akonk

Couple explores Denver on a night when the douchebags come out to play. Save us from the douchebag apocalypse. 

Ashley
Ashley

Friends have bailed on plans in favor of college football bowl games or the mountains. We want to go out!

lpl620
lpl620

We are total foodies!!!  And we would so love the opportunity to share an evening in your fabulous restaurant!  We are big tippers! :-)

endlessmike
endlessmike

Live 2000 miles apart, i'm coming to see her in Denver for NYE...and she's the most marvelous girl ever!!

eirefire22
eirefire22

I don't think mine posted so I'll try again.

Newly engaged, and first NYE for both of us not working overnight, would like to celebrate by dining not working!

dani, dglassett@comcast.net

kakoivisto
kakoivisto

Twenty words or less? Eleven years together, six married as of this month, haven't killed each other yet. Booyah, son.

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