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Romantic, upscale New Year's Dinner for 2

Rather than going out for an overpriced dinner for New Year's Eve, my boyfriend and I have tentatively decided that we'll celebrate at home with a fantastic dinner. The cost of ingredients isn't an issue, because I figure we'll still spend less than we'd spend at a restaurant, and we're both good cooks, so I don't think we'd be challenged by most recipes. That said, I'd love to hear your suggestions for a dream dinner for 2!

(I should also note: I'm from the NE United States, he's French, so neither of us have foods that are culturally associated with NYE except for champagne and foie gras.)

I'm not sure if we'll do a traditional meal, or a series of smaller plates.

Things I'm contemplating:

Starters:
Caviar and blinis
Foie gras
Jamón Ibérico de bellota

Entree:
Seafood paella (incl. lobster, shrimp, mussels and clams)*
or
Beef Wellington or Salmon Wellington (would need a side for this)
or
Bouillabaisse*

Alternate dish ideas if we went for a few smaller plates and skipped the entree:
Cheese souffle or Raclette
and
Some kind of salad
and
Some kind of light meat course--maybe baby lamb chops?
(though as I write this, I realize that the 3 would make a full plate for an entree course, but we'll probably be grazing over the course of several hours and would stagger these 3 dishes)

Bread:
Cook's Illustrated no-knead bread v 2.0

Dessert:
Raspberry and dark chocolate semi freddo

Our wine collection is strong, so I don't think we'll have to buy any wine.

(*The only downside to paella or bouillabaisse is that we're probably leaving town on Jan. 1, and I'd hate to throw away what are usually fantastic leftovers!)


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