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Some delicious destinations for holiday, New Year's meals

It's time to make your reservations for a holiday dinner, whether it's a food- and fun-filled New Year's Eve celebration or a festive Christmas feast.

Here are a few places that will be serving up one or the other, or both:

Barndiva in Healdsburg: Boasting a newly refurbished lounge and decorated to the rafters, the restaurant will serve a luxurious, six-course dinner by executive chef Ryan Fancher starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. The dinner includes a Chevre and Beet Salad, Chestnut Soup with Spiced Beignets, Day-boat Scallops with Caramelized Cauliflower, John Dory with Caviar and Chive Cream, Filet Mignon with Madeira and Morels and a Harlequin Chocolate Dome with Huckleberry Coulis. Cost is $135, including surprise shooters. Wine pairing and cocktails available. 231 Center St. 431-0100.

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar in Sonoma will host a three-course dinner on Christmas day prepared by chef Andrew Wilson. The dinner, served from 2 to 8 p.m., offers multiple options for each guest, plus Christmas Flights by Sommelier Christopher Sawyer that start at $24. Carneros Bistro will also host a prix fixe dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, with optional wine pairings by Sommelier Christopher Sawyer. $75. 1325 Broadway St. 935-6600.

Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg: The restaurant will serve a special four-course menu from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, including specialties such as Wood-Fire Roasted Chestnut Soup, American Wagyu with Brioche Bread Pudding, and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Cost is $57. Regular menu also available. 317 Healdsburg Ave. 431-0330.

John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa: Dressed up in festive decor, the restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, serving an a la carte menu that includes Hog Island Oysters, Roasted Sea Bass, and Beef Filet with Portabello Mushrooms. The restaurant will be open for lunch on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through December. On New Year's Eve, there will be two seatings: a three-course dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and a five-course dinner from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Both dinners include a glass of Roederer Brut Sparkling or Celebration Cocktail. Three-course, early dinner is $95; five-course, late dinner is $120. Reservations: 527-7687. 4330 Barnes Road. vintnersinn.com.

Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena: Executive chef Stephen Barber will present a four-course, prix-fixe dinner on New Year's Eve that includes special dishes such as Miyagi Oysters on the Half Shell with American Caviar, Raosted Sonoma Duck with Fried Rice, and Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms. While dessert is served, guests will enjoy live music and a countdown to 2013, followed by a champagne toast. Seating is limited. $85 per person. 963-9181. 738 Main St.


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