Regardless of how stellar or lackluster your 2013 was, we're all going to have to leave it in the past and step into 2014 when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1.
To end this year on a high note, we've compiled a list of three celebrations in Sussex County where you can ring in 2014, with each event offering yummy food and good music.
And remember, it's OK to indulge in good food and gain a few extra pounds on New Year's Eve. After all, you'll have a chance to redeem yourself after the celebration by creating a New Year's resolution, and sticking to it.
Brick Hotel's New Year's Eve party
WHEN 4 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday, Dec. 31
WHERE Brick Hotel, 18 The Circle, Georgetown
INFO Visit thebrickhotel.com or call 855-5500
The historic Brick Hotel on The Circle will cater to your belly and ears with its menu of scrumptious delights and music by skilled pianist Fonsie Scott.
Reservations to dine must be made in advance.
Delicious appetizers on the menu will include soups (cream of crab and lobster bisque); seafood (lump crabmeat cocktail, steamed clams and oysters Rockefeller); and an artisan cheese platter (smoked Gouda, Swiss, cheddar, Havarti dill, sharp provolone and smoked andouille and prosciutto hams).
Some tasty entrees for the big bash will feature twin Maryland crab cakes (with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus); blackberry pinot noir roasted duck breast (with roasted red skin potatoes and honey glazed carrots); herb roasted leg of lamb (garlic mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots); and surf 'n turf (comprised of a six-ounce filet mignon and lobster tail, along with a baked potato and asparagus).
'Moo Year's Eve'
WHEN 6 p.m. (first seating) and 8:30 p.m. (second seating), Tuesday, Dec. 31
WHERE Dogfish Head, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach
COST $65 (at first seating) or $75 (at second seating)
INFO Visit dogfish.com or call 226-BREW
Tuesday might mark Dogfist Head's most off-beat New Year's Eve celebration yet as it'll ring in 2014 with "Moo Year's Eve" ─ a night that glorifies all things beef.
Two seatings will be available on the night, with the first at 6 p.m., and the second at 8:30 p.m.
The first course on the "beef-tastic" menu will feature beef consommé with oxtail ravioli and micro greens (paired with American Beauty). Second course will feature house smoked brisket, crispy liver, stone ground mustard, caraway streusel and greens (paired with 2010 Burton Baton). The third course will offer cuvee de cheesecake, 24-hour caramelized onions, Cabot cave age "Velveeta," shaved black truffles and beef-fat French fries (paired with red Saison). Fourth course will feature s'more ice cream, wood-grilled graham crackers, "Bitches Brew" fudge and beef belly bacon (paired with 2010 Bitches Brew).
Page 2 of 2 - In keeping with the night's theme, none other than The Bullbuckers will grace the stage. The Bullbuckers are a brass band with island-rooted dance grooves influenced by American and Caribbean music, as well as soul and rock 'n' roll.
Rusty Rudder's New Year's Eve shindig
WHEN 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31
WHERE Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach
INFO Visit deweybeachlife.com or call (302) 227-3888
You can have all the Buffalo wings, shrimp and oysters that you desire at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach.
Additional buffet items on the menu will include a sushi bar, potstickers, vegetarian spring rolls, chicken cordon bleu bits, pigs in a blanket, meatballs, black bean taquitos, assorted mini quiche, cookies, brownies and more.
The featured musical acts on the night are Love Seed Mama Jump (a pop-driven original band with one of the most peculiar names ever), Blue Label (an outfit that covers everything from Black Dog and Dog Days to Etta James, The Beatles, Zac Brown and Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Pitbull), DJ Hector and DJ Nutz.