Downton Abbey New Year's Eve Premiere Party
Ring in the New Year in true Crawley family style and elegance. Join WEDU and the Straz Center for live music and dancing, an exciting themed menu inspired by Downton Abbey, a champagne toast at midnight, plus an advanced screening of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece season 4 premiere. 1920’s attire is encouraged! See the first hour of the Season 4 Downton Abbey premiere before it airs on January 5!
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Cocktail party with passed hors d'oeuvres (Cash bar)
8:00 – 9:15 p.m. | Season 4 advanced screening, Ferguson Hall
9:30 – 1:00 a.m. | New Year’s Eve Celebration with spectacular themed menu from Maestro's, Carol Morsani Hall
On Downton Abbey, food is often a key prop. We see fleeting glimpses of soups and terrines as the servants bustle about the kitchen and as Lord Grantham and his family pick pieces of Dover sole and roasted meats off of silver platters held by liveried waiters. The funny thing is, in all the dining room, kitchen and servants’ hall scenes, we almost never see someone actually put a fork to mouth. Chewing, as the Dowager Countess might say, is so terribly middle class.
Mr. Carson’s Staff-Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Caviar and Cream
Cheese and Crudités Table
A bountiful selection of imported cheeses, dried figs and berries, Indian hummus and relishes along with a harvest of fresh and fire-roasted crudités accompanied by rustic farm breads and gourmet crackers
Field and Fowl Stations
Prime Rib of Hereford Beef and Yorkshire Pudding served with green peppercorn sauce
Herb-Roasted Duck Breast served a l’orange with haricot verts
Quick Smoked Venison Tenderloin with sautéed field onions, wild mushrooms and port demi-glace
Mrs. Patmore’s Sheperd’s Pie Martini Bar
Create a perfect martini with roasted white truffle mashed potato topped with tender ground sirloin, peas and carrots in a creamy mushroom sauce. Garnishes include caramelized pearl onions, Stilton blue cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms, sour cream and onion crisps
A display of mini desserts to include cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, éclairs, cream puffs, trifles and assorted pastries
Downton Abbey Season 4 on Masterpiece premieres January 5 at 9 p.m. on WEDU, West Central Florida’s primary PBS station.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ©Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for MASTERPIECE