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Last Updated Dec 24, 2014 09:40AM

For some, a formal masquerade party at a downtown hotel is the perfect way to ring in the new year. For others, a quiet meal in the mountains will do. Both types of celebrations — and everything in between — are being offered Wednesday, Dec. 31, for New Year’s Eve. Here’s a sampling of what’s being planned at hotels and restaurants along the Wasatch Front and Park City. Prices listed do not include tax, tip or alcoholic beverages. Make your reservations soon, as New Year’s Eve is one of the …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Faustina serves up the Drink of the Week: Salt City Mule at Faustina
    $9.50 • This twist on the traditional Moscow Mule is made with Salt City Vodka, lime juice and muddled basil — instead of the usual mint. Nonalcoholic...
    Updated Dec 26 2014 10:51 am   |     |   Share
  • This Dec. 1, 2014 photo shows slow cooker onion soup in Concord, N.H. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Healthy recipe: Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup
    Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisi...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Recipes: Dress up your New Year’s Eve bubbles to play nice with the food
    Looking for a simple way to dress up your New Year’s Eve bubbles? May we suggest spiking them with a spiced liqueur? It’s fast, simple, delicious and ...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Dec. 1, 2014 photo shows passion fruit Bellini in Concord, N.H. The Italian maraschino liqueur is a little less sweet than other cherry liqueurs and set off the tartness of the passion fruit juice perfectly. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: A fresh take on the classic Bellini for New Year’s
    I’m a firm believer that almost any party — not to mention almost any brunch — can be improved by serving sparkling wine. That’s why when I started pl...
    Updated Dec 23 2014 04:25 pm   |     |   Share


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