hearth new year menu 2012
 


Dinner Amuse
Blini, Caviar, Crème Fraîche


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First Course
Roasted Nantucket Bay Scallops
Chestnut, Winter Vegetables

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Second Course
Canestri
Cottechino Sausage, Pecorino, Market Greens

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Third Course
Roasted Muscovy Duck
Foie Gras, Turnips

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Dessert Amuse
Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta

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Dessert
Mocha Baked Alaska
Dark Chocolate Sauce

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Tasting Menu $110. per guest
*Wine Pairing Option $50. per guest

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Like many things we enjoy in today’s world…
Bubble baths, Bacchanalian Festivals, marauding across the landscape invading countries to the North…

We owe it all to Julius Caesar. Back in 46BC, he instituted the Julian Calendar which established January 1st as the first day of the year (to correct past missteps with the counting of days, the previous year had to drag on for 445 days so that it could be synchronized with the sun).

The Babylonians were actually the first to celebrate a New Year about 4000 years ago but their revelry focused on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox. One must admit these Babylonians had it right: a new year should begin with the planting of new crops or the blossoming of flowers or an actual change in seasons. Their celebrations lasted for 11 days…so much for our single night of waiting for a big ball to drop
from the top of a pole, standing in freezing weather, anticipating the first angelic note from Lady Gaga.

For the Romans, Januarius was the first month of the year, named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. He (the god) looked both backward to the past and forward to the future. The Romans would exchange gifts, hang laurel wreaths and attend kick-ass parties headlined by Coldplay. The Catholic Church originally condemned these celebrations as paganism but eventually saw the Light and created religious observances to correspond with these holidays.

It is therefore supremely ironic that January 1st is the Feast of Christ’s Circumcision.

So, on this celebration of the impending New Year, we remember the past 365 days with fondness
and look forward to the next 365 days with glorious anticipation.


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