Inflated menu prices, the challenge of getting a taxi and all those amateur party goers are among the many reasons even the most social people choose to stay in on New Year’s Eve.
Society Fair, a lifestyle food market in Alexandria, Va., believes its “Cozy Countdown” to-go meal may be another reason Washingtonians will choose to welcome 2013 in from the comforts of home.
“Our weekly ‘Date Night Bags’ have become so popular, we knew there would be a demand for a New Year’s Eve meal,” said Society Fair’s Vina Sananikone.
Every Friday night the market offers brown bag dinners for two. In the spirit of the holiday, Society Fair will be dressing up its weekly take away meal, adding two bottles of wine (one red, one sparkling) and a fancier menu that includes a caviar and crème fraîche-topped blini appetizer and beef bourguignon for the main course. Chocolate brownies with gold leaf icing are for dessert. The price for a restaurant quality menu (Society Fair is part of the Eat Good Food group) enjoyed in your own home is $100.
Staying home does not mean one’s New Years Eve has to be boring, says Sananikone, who recommends still dressing up, mixing a specialty cocktail and keeping favors like holiday poppers on hand.
“Think of it like throwing a party,” she suggests, “even if it’s for the people who live there.”
The Cozy Countdown bags will available in limited number by reservation through Society Fair.