get the word on curating a spread for the new year
The last week of December is often a hazy, food-filled daydream. Nobody is quite sure of the actual date, and we’re usually only aware of the time because of shared meals with loved ones. Still, the holidays are not over until the midnight countdown on New Year’s Eve, so don’t put away the champagne flutes just yet.
Rather than relying on our own culinary creativity, Front Range residents can take advantage of the area’s endless food service options. From customized cake centerpieces to take-out cocktail kits, residents can leave the heavy lifting to the pros and focus instead on having a joyous celebration. Below are our recommendations for creating a delicious New Year spread.
// charcuterie //
Perhaps it’s an appetizer, or maybe it’s the centerpiece — whatever way it’s presented, the charcuterie board is a classic, yet whimsical addition to the table. Personalization is key to a showstopping charcuterie board, so utilize a variety of vessels, platters and, of course, grocery items to craft the perfect drive-by snack tray.
By hand-picking a vast selection of cheeses, wines and charcuterie, Cured takes the guesswork out of preparing a high-quality board for any size party. Bonus: Cured also offers gift boxes (because no one wants to show up to the soiree empty-handed).
Wander + Graze
Creating boards that are both locally inspired and sustainable, Wander + Graze is the full-service stop for holiday hosting. For those keeping it quiet for New Year’s Eve, try out the Date Night Box option.
Cheese Meat Board
Like its name, Cheese Meat Board keeps the basics at the forefront with Euro-style pricing – meaning taxes and standard delivery is included in the cost. For a fun twist, order an assortment of Charcuterie Cones that afford guests a free hand (for a cocktail, perhaps?).
// drinks //
A New Year celebration is not complete without a countdown, eccentric photo props and the sounds of glasses clinking. From cocktails to mocktails and an endless variety of craft brews, Colorado is a hotspot for beverages that push the envelope.
Located amongst all of the top breweries in RiNo, Ironton Distillery takes a proactive approach to at-home mixology with its very own line of cocktail kits. Not feeling crafty? Grab a few draft cocktails to-go in two sizes — a carafe is enough for 4-6 drinks.
Founded by three Colorado natives with a love for travel and connecting with others, Mythology’s lineup of whiskey, gin and vodka selections are made to be shared around the table.
While a huge variety of alcohol-free spirits have been made available in recent years, kombucha has begun to share a spot in the draft lineup of craft breweries. Boulder’s own Upstart Kombucha is a tangy and tasty alternative to alcoholic beverages.