Whether you relish the longest night, embrace the Mayan doomsday prophecy or believe in the power of 13, you’ll want to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Todd Gray’s Equinox restaurant.
Equinox will host its 13th annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. The popular ritual to celebrate the change of seasons will feature Chef Gray’s signature cuisine that showcases the mid-Atlantic’s rich bounty in tune with the rhythms of the earth. Sip selections from acclaimed new Delaplane, Va. winery RdV Vineyards and groove to local roots-rockers The Walkaways.
Whet your appetite for mischief with passed hors d’oeuvres such as Fatty Crab Beignets with Caper Rémoulade, Crispy Duck Spring Rolls with Napa Cabbage, 24-Hour Brisket with Silver Dollar Brioche, and Rare Tuna with Nori Chips, Cucumber and Shaved Radish. Party from station to station and enjoy Agnolotti of House-Made Ricotta with White Truffle Butter and Winter Squash Mirepoix, Pancetta-Wrapped Cervena Venison Medallions with Parsnip Leek Purée and Pear Shallot Jus, and Smoked Apple Chestnut Soup with Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms and Celery Root Gremolata. Let sinfully sweet Apple Cider Beignets and Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars with “Dip-n-Dots” excite your taste buds.
Savor every bite paired with coveted RdV’s Lost Mountain 2009 and Rendezvous 2009, the internationally lauded winery and 16-acre vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Meet maverick winemaker Rutger de Vink who is helping to put Virginia wine on the world map.
“This is the one night of the year when indulgence is encouraged, without the guilt,” says Equinox Co-Owner Ellen Kassoff Gray. “Free your inhibitions, warm yourself by the fireplace and party the longest night away.”
The Equinox Winter Solstice Party is $100 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are requested. Call (202) 331-8118 for reservations or visit Equinox on the web at www.equinoxrestaurant.com.