7 amazing dinners and foodie events on New Year’s Eve 2018

Published: Monday, December 19, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

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It will be New Year’s Eve before you know it. 

Many Dayton-area restaurants are taking reservations to ring in 2018 right now, and we’re here to make sure you’re not left out in the cold.  

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Executive Chef  Liam Hennessy will be introducing a new menu at Mudlick Taphouse, which he describes as "taking a basic ingredient and unleashing its full potential."(Source: Contributed)

✨ Mudlick Tap House: New Year’s Eve Brunch

Mudlick Tap House gets the party started with a New Year’s Eve “boozy brunch” that includes mimosas and the bar’s epic Bloody Mary Bar. 

The menu includes crab hash, sweet potato and kale curried hash, Mudlick Rancheros, crab hash, three egg frittata, Nog Cakes, The Morning After, Elvis’ French Toast and cured Salmon Benedict. 

Where: Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., Dayton

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 31 

Cost: Dishes served at brunch vary.  

Reservations: (937) 895-4066 

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Executive Chef  Liam Hennessy will be introducing a new menu at Mudlick Taphouse, which he describes as "taking a basic ingredient and unleashing its full potential."(Source: Contributed)

✨ Mudlick Tap House: Ringing in the New Year Party

The tavern’s New Year’s party includes a prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu for $55 per person. 

First course includes choice of:

• Scallops - Pan-seared sea scallops on butternut squash puree and arugula finished with apple-bacon marmalade and sage oil 

• The Board - an array of three cured meats and two

artisanal cheeses 

Salad course includes choice of:

• Market Salad — field greens tossed in a creamy feta dressing with hard-boiled egg, sundried tomatoes and bacon 

• Tuscan Spinach Salad - field greens tossed in jalapeño honey vinaigrette topped with shaved pecorino, castelvetrano olives and marinated figs 

Main course includes choice of: 

• Prime Rib — roasted prime rib topped with a dollop horseradish cream. Served over a roasted root veg with arugula, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds and red wine balsamic vinaigrette 

• Grilled Swordfish — marinated grilled swordfish over a warm bacon, fingerling potato, and blistered tomato salad. 

Dessert includes choice of:

• Mud(lick) Pie 

• Chocolate Stout Brownie Crust filled with ANDES mint cream topped with brownie crumble and chocolate ganache. 

• House Made Peanut Butter Pie — rich and fluffy with a chocolate ganache on a graham cracker crust

Where: Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., Dayton

When: Dinner will be served 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 31

Cost: $55 per person

Reservations: (937) 895-4066 

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

✨ New Year’s on the French Riviera at Lily’s

Lily’s Bistro will celebrate the flavors of the French Riviera during its special New Year’s Eve dinner. 

The evening includes a champagne toast at midnight and wine and cocktail specials all night. A five-course prix fixe meal will be $59 per person, plus tip and tax. 

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First course (amuse bouche):

Breakfast radish with roasted garlic, black balsamic and orange zest 

Second course, choice of: 

• Braised pork shoulder and poblano pepper sopa verde 

• Beet-brined octopus ceviche with Kracken Rum marinated pear chips 

• Frissee salad with spiced nuts, feta, pomegranate seeds and citrus vinaigrette 

Third course, choice of: 

• "Gin And Tonic" Oysters on the half-shell with juniper berry, lime and smoked salt 

• Housemade rabbit terrine with carrot and fennel, whipped date butter and toast points 

• Rosemary ricotta bruschetta with persimmon, cayenne honey and roasted pistachios 

Fourth course, choice of:

• Sweet potato gnocchi with sun dried tomato velouté and brussel petals 

• Bouillabaisse of scallop, mussel, and cod with rouille and crostini 

• Cabernet-braised beef short rib with cauliflower puree and fried leeks 

Dessert, choose one: 

• Beignets with foie gras 

• Valrhona dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate peppermint bark 

Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

When: Reservations will be taken for meals served 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Cost: $59 per person

Info & reservations: (937) 723-7636

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

✨ American Czechoslovakian Club: New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance

The evening features dinner, dancing and music from the Frank Moravcik Band. Dinner includes roast pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, salad, bread, desserts, beer, wine, soda and coffee.

Where: American Czechoslovokian Club, 922 Valley St, Dayton

When: Dinner from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Dancing is from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.. Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Cost: $30 dinner and dance; $20 dance-only

Info & reservations: (937) 222-9771

✨ El Meson’s New Year’s Eve Dinner 

The expansive menu includes favorite dishes from 2017 and chef specials:

  • Asado Grill — beef medallion, chorizo, chicken breast, and jumbo shrimp all served with a Colombian green onion aji sauce on a sizzling hot plate with choice of side item. $32 
  • Paella Valencia — Spanish rice dish with chicken, pork, chorizo, fish, shrimp, scallops, mussels and rice. $32

The complete menu can be found here.

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton

When: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 31. Restaurant closes at 10 p.m. 

Cost: Prices vary 

Info & reservations: (937) 859-8229

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El Meson s Paella Valenciana in the pan.(HANDOUT)

✨ New Year’s Eve at Salar (CANCELLED)

RELATED: Salar closed due to New Year’s Eve Weekend fire

Salar Restaurant and Lounge will feature a special menu that includes Peruvian seafood rice, pork tomahawk, Tierra Y Mar (Surf and Turf) and grilled lobster tail.
Where: Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton

When: The kitchen will be open 4-11 p.m. The restaurant’s bar will remain open after the New Year’s Eve countdown and beyond. The menu will be served all New Year’s weekend long. 

Cost: Menu items vary.

Info & reservations: (937) 203-3999

Salar will be open on New Year's Eve until 11 p.m.(Contributed)

Watermark New Year’s Eve

The new restaurant owned by the couple behind Nibbles Catering will serve a delectable six-course meal.

Here’s the menu:

Chef’s Amuse Bouche

Raw Bar Trio: oyster on the half shell with pickled radish, cucumber mignonette, snow crab claw, citrus-vodka cured salmon

Tomato Tart Tatin: tomato confit, caramelized onion, puff pastry, melted mascarpone

Salad: roasted beet, grapefruit, frisee, tarragon mousse, maple vinaigrette

Entree (choice of one):

- Roasted Strip Loin: roated pepper-crustd center cut prime strip loin, with duchess potatoes, bordelaise sauce, duck fat-roasted carrots

- Scallop & Lobster: seared jumbo scallop and petite lobster tail with crawfish roe beurre blanc, parsnip puree, microgreens

Holiday Dessert Trio: bittersweet chocolate ganache torte with candied orange; sweet potato beignet rolled in cinnamon & sugar with salted caramel; brown butter ice cream with gingersnap crumbs

Where: Watermark, 20 First St., Miamisburg

When: Two seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 31

Cost: $79 per person

Info & reservations: (937) 802-0891 | eatdrinkwatermark.com

Eric and Maria Walusis are preparing to open Watermark restaurant in Miamisburg.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Are you a restaurant with a special New Year’s Eve dinner to ring in 2017? Drop us a line and let us know: contact@dayton.com.

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It’s your last chance to grab pre-sale tickets to Taste of Greene County

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:44 PM

The scene at the Taste of Greene County. CONTRIBUTED
The scene at the Taste of Greene County. CONTRIBUTED

No matter what your taste in food is, you’re likely to find it at the 21st Annual Taste of Greene County on Sunday, April 29.

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The scene at the Taste of Greene County in 2013. CONTRIBUTED

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Pre-sale tickets end tomorrow. In purchasing your ticket before April 27, you will receive a tray sponsored by Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center. 

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This year’s event will feature over 20 restaurants, bakeries and caterers competing for the title of ‘best of’ Green County. They’ll offer samples of appetizers, soups, salads, main entrees and desserts

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The Taste of Greene County was held at Wright State University's Nutter Center Sunday April 10. Twenty vendors served up a variety of foods that included cakes, barbeque and pizza. The public was able to vote on their favorite appetizer, sandwich, dessert and more.(Lisa Powell)

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Patrons will vote on their favorite items in various categories, including Best Decorated Booth, Best Beverage, Best Soup or Salad, Best Appetizer, Best Breakfast, Best Entree, Best Soup or Salad, Best Dessert, People’s Choice, Best Sandwich and Best International Cuisine. with restaurants competing for the title of ‘best of’ Green County. 

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Taste of Greene County is a family-friendly event. A children’s area will offer games and puzzles, crafts and other activities throughout the day.

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Want to go?

WHAT: 21st annual Taste of Greene County

WHEN: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, April 29

WHERE: The Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn

COST: General admission tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for senior/military and $6 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free. VIP tickets (limited quantities) cost $25 for adults, $6 for children 6-12.

TICKETS: Call 1-800-745-3000, in-person at WSU Nutter Center Box office, or visit Ticketmaster.com

INFO: Call 937-426-2204 or visit this Website


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2 Miamisburg favorites team up for gourmet grilled cheese and wine pairing this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Submitted Photo
Submitted Photo

Locally made wines and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are on the “Miamisburg Pairing” menu Friday night, April 27 at Star City Brewing Company.

The sandwiches are coming from Star City’s fellow Miamisburg business Watermark Restaurant, and the event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the brewery at 319 S. 2nd St.

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 “In addition to brewing, we also make a number of our own wines as the Peerless Mill Winery,” Justin Kohnen, co-founder of Star City Brewing, said in a release. “We’ve been wanting to do something special to feature our wines, and Chef Maria’s (Watermark chef-owner Maria Walusis) amazing gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches at Watermark came to mind.”

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 Watermark will be serving up thirds of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made with: Sliced pear and Dijon with Gouda; foie gras spread made with bacon; red wine and sun-dried tomato with muenster cheese; marinated sliced tomatoes and fresh basil with mozzarella cheese; and red wine-braised short ribs and caramelized onions with Swiss cheese.

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The sandwiches will be paired with four wines made at Star City. Kohnen said he did not want to release the varietals (”That’s part of the surprise”), but said they will include both dry and sweet whites and reds.

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Tickets are $36 at the brewery, restaurant or online with a nominal fee at this eventbrite.com link. Check out this Facebook events page for more information.


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Dayton food truck giants to face off in Battle of the Breakfasts

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts.  The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Son of a Biscuit.
Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Son of a Biscuit.(Submitted)

There will be no losers in this battle. Only full bellies.

Returning for Round 2 of the Battle of the Breakfasts, the Ghostlight Coffee Truck and Son of a Biscuit are hosting all 2018 battles at White Allen Chevrolet on North Main Street. Reigning champs of the first Breakfast Battle back in November, Son of a Biscuit, will be facing off against Greek Street Food Truck.

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“We had a great time at our first battle last November,” said Brad Manning, owner and operator of Son of a Biscuit. “The ladies at Drunken Waffle gave us a real run for our money, and we’re expecting more delicious competition from Greek Street this month.”

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Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle squared off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts.(Submitted)

The battle will be officiated by Ghostlight Coffee Truck, which also will be serving up coffee to go with breakfast. 

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The truck with the most sales will get “Best Breakfast” bragging rights and will go on to face a new competitor in May. 

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Greek Street Food Truck's Baklava(Alex Perry)


WHAT: Battle of the Breakfasts Round 2

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE: White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Andy Snow
(Andy Snow)

The Dayton Visual Arts Center is gearing up for its 24th Annual Art Auction at The David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College, and Dayton’s art community is feeling the excitement. 

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“There are a lot of artists that live in this community, but there are not a lot of opportunities for artists to show and exhibit and sell their work to the public,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “So the auction becomes important to show off the rich talent we have in the community.”

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(Contributed DVAC)

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DVAC’s mission is to open the door for Dayton to have a closer relationship with art. The center helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to show, market and sell work. All the money raised goes to educational programs and events through the center. 

(Contributed DVAC)

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As Dayton’s premiere arts event draws nearer, the public continues to catch glimpses of the stellar works up for auction. Buttacavoli said attendees will not only get to sip and snack on “heavy hors d’oeuvres while taking in some of Dayton’s most dazzling accomplishments, but they’ll get to rub shoulders with the artists themselves and hear what inspires them.”

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Approximately 120 works, including paintings, photographs, prints, glass, jewelry and more will be for sale, so anyone can purchase a piece of fine, Dayton-made art. Featuring a variety of different mediums, styles and processes, there is certain to be a piece that speaks to you. 

silent auction for most works will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the live auction is set to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The live auction will feature 14 pieces from some of Dayton’s most notable artists, including Annie Bowers, Virginia Burroughs, Ron Rollins and Terry Welker. 

(Contributed/ DVAC)

Brand new this year is Silent Auction Mobile Bidding, where anyone can bid on pieces with their smartphone -- from anywhere

“No more paper bid sheets, crowded auction areas or complicated check out ... If you can’t attend the event, you can log in remotely from anywhere and bid on the perfect piece of art for your home or office,” Buttacavoli said. 

“Mobile bidding will be available at no charge to event ticket holders beginning April 22. People not attending the event may bid on items beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the Auction with a $10 donation,” according to a DVAC press release. 

For more information about the Mobile Bidding experience, as well as registration, visit daytonvisualarts.org.

(Contributed DVAC)

Signature to DVAC’s auction and differing from many arts events, it’s a casual attire event with an affordable ticket price. Tickets are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 


WHAT: Dayton Visual Arts Center 24th Annual Art Auction

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, April 27

WHERE: Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 

444 W Third St., downtown Dayton

INFO & TICKETS: www.daytonvisualarts.org | 937-224-3822

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