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Here's a list of special meals and events around the Triangle for New Year's Eve:

* Draft Carolina Burgers and Beer on Raleigh's Glenwood South will be closing after its New Year's Eve party. The cover is $20. There will be a deejay, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and these drink specials: $3 for all 48 beers on tap, $4 for mixed drinks, wine, shots and bombs. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit Band Together, the largest charitable music festival in North Carolina. For more information, go to facebook.com/draftraleigh.

* Also in Glenwood South, Zely & Ritz is offering a three-course meal for $45 before 8 p.m. and $60 after 9 p.m. The meal includes a glass of sparkling wine and there will be a deejay from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. To see the menu, go to zelyandritz.com. For a reservation, call 919-828-0018.

* Solas on Raleigh's Glenwood South is offering a five-course meal for $75 per person. To see the menu, go to solasraleigh.com or call 919-755-0755 for a reservation.

* Bolt in downtown Raleigh is offering a three-course menu from 4-7:30 p.m. for $50 or a four-course menu from 8:30 p.m.-midnight for $65. The latter seating includes a champagne toast and party favors. To see the menu, go to boltbistro.com. To make a reservation, call 919-821-0011.

* Bu.ku in downtown Raleigh is offering a three-course meal for $60 with a deejay and champagne toast at midnight. To see the menu, go to bukuraleigh.com Call 919-834-6963 for a table.

* Poole's Diner in downtown Raleigh is offering a four-course meal for $75. For more information about the menu or to make a reservation, call 919-832-4477.

* Raleigh's J. Betski's is offering a three-course meal for $55. Entree options include gingerbread-crusted venison loin, borscht-braised veal short ribs, seared diver scallops with a seafood cabbage roll and roasted breast of squab with a stuffed duck leg. To see a full menu, go to jbetskis.com/special-events. For a table, call 919-833-7999.

* Raleigh's Flying Saucer is hosting a party with a deejay, party favors and a champagne toast starting at 7 p.m. The cover is $10. Table reservations are encouraged in advance: $60 per table or $75 per booth. To make reservations, call 919-821-7401.

* Raleigh's Irregardless Cafe is offering a special three-course meal for $65 per person after 8:30 p.m., dancing, live music by the Moon & Stars Dance Band and a champagne toast at midnight. To see the menu, go to irregardless.com. To make a reservation, call 919-833-8898.

* Margaux's in North Raleigh is offering a four-course meal. Early seatings before 6:30 p.m. cost $65 per person. The second seatings starts at 8:30 p.m., costs $95 per person and includes a champagne toast, party favors and live music. To see the menu, go to margauxsrestaurant.com/menus/new-years-eve-bash. To make a reservation, call 919-846-9846.

* Several other downtown Raleigh restaurants are open for dinner but serving their regular menu: Second Empire (second-empire.com), Humble Pie (humblepierestaurant.com), Gravy (gravyraleigh.com), Mo's Diner (mosdiner.net) and 18 Seaboard (18seaboard.com)

* Lantern in Chapel Hill is offering a three-course menu for $75 a person. To see their menu, go to lanternrestaurant.com/menus/nye2012.html. To make a reservation, call 919969-8846.

* One Restaurant in Chapel Hill is offering a five-course meal for $48 per person with an optional wine pairing for $27. To see the menu, go HERE.

* La Residence is offering a three-course meal for $35 along with live music and champagne specials. The local band, Puritan Rodeo, specializes in rock, roots music and Americana and will be playing from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. For a reservation, call 919-967-2506.

* The Pittsboro Roadhouse is hosting a New Year's Eve party from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tickets cost $15 for an appetizer buffet, champagne toast and live music from ZamBamBooGee. For more information, go to http://pittsbororoadhouse.com/2012-new-years-eve-party-at-the-pittsboro-roadhouse/

* Durham's Piedmont restaurant has a special menu for New Year's Eve. Go HERE to see it.

* Durham's Four Square Restaurant is offering a four-course meal for $95. For a reservation, call 919-401-9877.

* Food truck American Meltdown will be serving food from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. on New Year's Eve for the bash at The Pinhook in downtown Durham. Go HERE for details on the Pinhook party.

* Or dine at home thanks to Foster's Market in Durham and Chapel Hill. Both locations are selling three-course meals for two or four people. The prices are $75 and $149 respectively. To see the menu choices, go to fostersmarket.com/menus/special-menu/. To reserve, call 919-489-4114 for the Durham store and 919-967-3663 for the Chapel Hill store.

If your special dinner or event is not on this list and you would like it to be, send an email to aweigl@newsobserver.com.

UPDATE -- Here are a few more events that folks sent along over the weekend:

*Raleigh's Babylon restaurant is offering a four-course meal for $60 per person from 5-10 p.m. They also will have a limited late night menu and a 007 Bond Revelry Event. For more information, call 919-412-4260. To see the menu, I've a copy of the pdf below.

*Durham's Ai Fuji Japanese Steakhouse is offering a three-course meal for two for $38, which includes a choice of appetizer (gyoza or harumaki), two entrees (choice of hibachi chicken/steak/shrimp or teriyaki chicken/steak), and dessert (choice of cheesecake or four types of ice creams). They are also offering buy one get one free sushi. For more information, check out their website: www.aifujisteakhouse.com

* Durham's G2B restaurant is offering their full menu and a three-course meal for $39 per person with wine and beer pairings available for those interested. To see the menu, go to g2b-restaurant.com/events.aspx. To make a reservation, call 919-251-9451.

* North Raleigh's Fork & Barrel is offering a special four-course menu for $70 per couple. To see the menu, go to forkandbarrelnc.com/events/p8528. To make a reservation, call 919-322-0190.

* Raleigh's Vivace restaurant is offering a special menu for $55 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $20. The menu looks good. To see it, go to vivaceraleigh.com To make a reservation, call 919-787-7747.

*Raleigh's Jibarra restaurant is offering a three-course meal for $60 per person with a glass of sparkling wine. The menu includes a trio of ceviches, seared lamb chops with mission fig mole, whole Maine lobster with a shrimp and poblano pepper medley, tres leches cake with a strawberry-habanero salsa, and a hot corn cake with coconut ice cream. To make a reservation, call 919-755-0556.

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.
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