When: Sun., Dec. 31, 5-11 p.m. 2017
Not everyone wants to rage — or even stay up until midnight — on New Year’s Eve. For the person who wants to celebrate while still getting to sleep at a decent hour, a special dinner out is usually the way to go. This year, Uptown, Oakland’s Calavera is preparing a four-course feast with two possible seating times. Reserve for 5 p.m. and pay $55 or 8 p.m. for $75, the latter giving you just enough time to head to your chosen midnight destination — bed or otherwise. The menu includes three or four choices per course, including wild mushroom tamal with huitlacoche mole; chocolate-braised goat with nixtamal tortillas; and Veracruz-style red snapper. Most intriguing, though, are the desserts: chocolate-mole pot de crème, cotija cheesecake, and sweetened root vegetables.