The gourmet restaurant Bacchus, located in Bell Tower Shops, is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and party starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. For $75 per person, guests will choose three courses and dessert from the restaurant’s special New Year’s Eve menu and participate in a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required.


The special four-course New Year’s Eve menu features a variety of options. The first course features four appetizers to choose from: jumbo sea scallop en croute with arugula oil and heirloom tomato tartar; baked brie with toasted almonds, homemade strawberry preserve, balsamic reduction and crackers; The Original Roll, consisting of sushi “krab,” cream cheese, scallions and sriracha mayo; and Kobe sliders topped with caramelized leaks, seared foie gras and truffle mayo.


The second course includes a choice of corn bread panzanella with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, fresh basil, Fontina cheese and lemon vinaigrette or Bacchus salad, which is mixed greens, cantilena beans, red onions, olives and balsamic vinaigrette.


Guests will choose from four entrées for the third course: Chilean sea bass “thermidor” with wilted greens, baby carrots and crab thermidor sauce; open-faced beef Wellington featuring a puff pastry, mushroom duxelle, truffle Yukon gold mousseline and béarnaise; stuffed chicken breast with spinach and goat cheese, steamed jumbo asparagus, cranberry wild rice pilaf and a natural jus; and pan-roasted duck breast with baby bok choy, butternut squash and Asian pear ragout and pomegranate beurre blanc.


For dessert, Bacchus will serve “Double Trouble,” white chocolate crème brule and wild berries foster a la mode.


Swanky Lifestyle is the parent company to Bacchus, an upscale restaurant and wine bar located in the Bell Tower Shops; Mad Cuisine, an innovative gourmet take-out and upscale catering and event company located in South Fort Myers; and Krafty Kuisine, creator of Krafty Krab Rolls and To Chi sauce and a wholesale food manufacturer. For more information call 239-275-7926, or visit Also, follow Swanky Lifestyle online on Facebook and on Twitter,