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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


‘Tis the season for celebrating and Newport Beach’s Island Hotel is always a luxurious and lively venue for gathering with family and friends at Christmas and to ring in the New Year. Plus, convenient to Fashion Island, the award-winning hotel offers complimentary gift-wrapping services and is a Toys for Tots drop-off center.

Palm Terrace Christmas Dining
Reservations recommended. To book a table, please call (949) 760-4920.

  • Christmas EveFriday, December 24, Seatings from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    Chef Bill Bracken has created a festive four-course Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe Menu with starters such as Roasted Celery Root and Potato Soup with Smoked Shrimp; entrée options such as Sautéed Striped Bass with Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash; or Bone Marrow Crusted Filet of Beef with Cheesy Mushroom Risotto; and a sweet finale such as Spiced Chocolate Terrine with Bourbon Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce. Christmas carolers will entertain. Price is $88 adults; $42 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity).

  • Christmas DayServed from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 25
    Palm Terrace’s delectable Christmas meal of Truffle Roasted Filet of Beef and Roasted Breast of Turkey and a variety of celebratory seasonal starters, sides and desserts. Live harp music. $75 adults; $38 children 12 and under (excludes tax and gratuity).

New Year’s Eve at Island Hotel
Reservations required. Please call (949) 760-4920.

  • Palm Terrace Restaurant will offer an elegant five-course menu created by Chef Bill Bracken and live piano music. Price is $125 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Seatings from 7 to 10 p.m on Friday, December 31.


Chilled Seafood Parfait with Chive Crème Fraîche and Caviar

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“Macaroni and Cheese” – A New Version for the New Year

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Fresh Chevre with Baby Beets, Petit Greens, Shaved Persimmons and Candied Pecans

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“Big and Little Beef” – Red Wine Braised Veal “Osso Bucco Style”


Roasted Petit Prime Ribeye Medallion

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White and Milk Chocolate Pyramid with a Fudge Glaze and Cocoa Jelly Cubes


Hazelnut Cream Filled Valrhona Chocolate
with Gianduja Ice Cream and Crème Anglaise

  • Palm Terrace Lounge will also be a lively spot to toast the New Year in style – with a selection of New Year’s Eve bar bites from Chef Bill Bracken, desserts, live entertainment and dancing, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Price is $110 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, December 31.


Cold Selections: Ahi Tuna Tartare with Wasabi Tobiko Aioli; Chilled Jumbo Prawns with Cocktail Sauce; Smoked Salmon Bruschetta, Lemon Crème Fraîche and Capers; and Mixed Seafood Ceviche with Lime and Cilantro

Hot Selections: Truffle Macaroni & Cheese with Crispy Sweetbreads; Peking Duck Moo Sho’s; Lobster Fritters with Butter Lettuce and “Ponzu” Aioli; and Grilled Lamb Chops with Salsa Verde

Sweets: An assortment of Pastry Chef Michael Owen’s Favorite Sweets

New Year’s Day Breakfast at Palm Terrace Restaurant

Saturday, January 1, 2011 – served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ease into the New Year with a leisurely breakfast of Palm Terrace’s favorites, such as Banana Stuffed Brioche French Toast, Poached Eggs on Dungeness Crab Cakes with Truffle Hollandaise, Island Pancake Napoleon and “Steak-n-Eggs” (beef tenderloin, poached eggs, béarnaise and garlic herb fries). For reservations, please call (949) 760-4920.

All Wrapped Up for the Holidays

Available 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 19

A complimentary offering to both hotel guests and our local clientele: Shop Fashion Island with its array of gift-giving solutions (and temptations) and upon your return to Island Hotel, gifts will be elegantly wrapped and placed directly into your car. While your gifts are being wrapped, unwind at Palm Terrace Lounge and sip on a signature seasonal martini or perhaps a quaff from our extensive Champagne-by-the-glass menu paired with Chef Bill Bracken’s savory small bites. Parking and gift-wrapping services are complimentary.

Toys for Tots

Donations accepted through December 20

For the 13th consecutive year, Island Hotel’s festive lobby is an official toy drop location for The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual holiday campaign. Guests, locals and area businesses are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for deserving children.

WHERE: Island Hotel Newport Beach

690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6431

Telephone: 1-888-321-4752

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