Champagne. Local artisan cheeses. Maine oysters. Lobster. The newish No. 10 Restaurant in Brunswick’s beautifully renovated Captain Daniel Stone Inn is bidding adieu to 2010 in fine style, with a five-course New Year’s Eve Wine Tasting Dinner.
Guests gather at 6:30 p.m. for sparkling wine along with Maine artisan cheeses. Then the real fun begins, with Chef Troy Mains menu:
• Maine Winter Point Oysters paired with King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris
• Crisp Duck Breast Salad paired with Bridlewood Viognier
• Lobster Cocktail paired with La Marouette Rosé
• Cold River Vodka Lemon Sorbet Intermezzo
• Peppered Roasted Beef Tenderloin paired with David Bruce Petite Syrah
• House-made Chocolate Caramel Tart paired with Quady Elysium, a Black Muscat dessert wine.
The dinner, limited to 100 guests, costs $65 per person, plus tax and grat. Reservations are required.
…then call it a night
And since this is New Year’s Eve and you’ll be drinking, why not make a night of it? An overnight package, including a room for two and reservations for the dinner for two, along with a plate of cookies and petit fours, and continental breakfast the next mornig is $250 (plus tax and grat). I’ve toured the inn’s rooms, and they’re handsomely decorated and furnished with fine linens and towels. Other amenities include an indoor hot tub, sauna, and a fitness room, so you can even work off the calories (or the hangover).
Why I like this package: For starters, it offers a good value–a fie-course menu crafted by one of Maine’s up-and-coming chefs paired with wine for $65 pp is a deal alone, but with the room and breakfast, it’s practically a steal. This is a lovely inn that’s struggling to make a comeback after years of neglect under previous owners. It deserves your attention.