Whether you fancy sunny Palm Springs, a traditional Italian Christmas or want to try your hand at sabering champagne, Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar have you covered this holiday season.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Cibo. On December 24, the cozy Library District restaurant will host an authentic "Feast of Seven Fishes" - an Italian Christmas Eve tradition - featuring seven flavourful dishes inspired by the old country. Cibo's culinary team has sourced some of the freshest seafood available to craft tantalizing plates, such as Octopus Terrine and Tagliolini with Dungeness crab. The entire tasting menu is available for $89 per person with a limited a la carte menu of traditional Italian favourites also offered. Suggested wine pairings are available at an additional cost.
Come New Year's Eve, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar will host one of Vancouver's highly anticipated year-end events: a "Palm Springs New Year's Fling" that will transport guests to sunnier days. At 7:15pm, UVA's doors will open to a delicious three-course "Clubhouse"-themed menu for $45 per person - and for an additional $20, diners can enhance the experience with expertly paired cocktails created by award-winning Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal. After dinner, the party will begin at 9:30pm, where guests will enjoy pop-up entertainment throughout the night, ranging from live music by the James Danderfer Trio to sabering champagne. For those ringing in the New Year, don't forget to don your kitschiest poolside ensemble or throw on a tennis tuxedo - anything goes, as long as it captures the spirit of Palm Springs.
Not to be outdone, Cibo Trattoria will be offering two dinner seatings on December 31 with multi-course tasting menus inspired by authentic Italia. Guests who join the first seating at 5pm will enjoy a four-course tasting menu for $84 per person, while the 8:30pm seating will feature a six-course tasting menu for $124 per person (suggested wine pairings are available upon request). The menu pays homage to traditional Italian favourites, including savoury raviolo of smoked ricotta, garlic butter and focaccia crumb; and prosciutto-wrapped rabbit loin complemented by carrot purée and roasted sunchoke. Each dish features in-season ingredients handpicked from local Italian suppliers and organic farm producers.