There are Christmas tree lightings, caroling events in parks, concerts by local theater groups, and even a Frosty the Snowman Parade in Armonk but perhaps the most gratifying county holiday celebration takes place at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson during the last few weeks of December.
(L to R) Ned Kelly, Mary Lou Shriber, Paul Kelly.
With a vibe somewhere between heartwarming and raucous, the 27th annual Xaviars Holiday Cabaret will warm even the grinchiest of holiday humbugs. Whether celebrating a night out with your best friend or spouse or toasting the holidays with your office, the cabaret is a high-spirited romp of excellent (and bounteous) food and drink plus musical numbers including classic and comedic songs. Owner Peter Kelly’s brothers Ned and Paul, along with actress/singer Mary Lou Shriber, perform under the musical direction of Assaf Gleizner and choreography by Angelique Ilo. The “Sisters” of St. Nicholas is a particularly humorous act that is alone almost worth the price of admission.
This year’s event, titled Here’s To Us! A Christmas Cabaret, has sold out for the Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17 dates, but there are still seats left for the Dec. 9, 11, 16, and 18 performances ($150). There are two matinees on Sundays Dec. 11 and 18 starting at 1 p.m.
“Our Holiday Cabaret has been going for nearly three decades,” says Kelly. “It is the very best thing we do.”
Christmas Cabaret 2016 Menu:
Champagne Reception at 7 p.m.
Jumbo Coconut Shrimp / Dijon Mustard Sauce
Baby Lamb Chops / Rosemary Jus
Warm Lump Crabmeat / Fennel Tapioca and Champagne Sabayon
Nantucket Bay Scallops with Creamed Spinach
Terrine of Duckling with Fig Jam
Assorted Sushi and Nigiri
Goat Cheese Mousseline served in a Parmigiano Cookie
Crispy Vegetable Dumplings with Caramelized Soy
Braised Short Ribs “Wellington”
Caramelized Onion Tartlet with Nicoise Olive & Goat Cheese
Apple and Brie Turnover
Warm Medley of Shellfish served in a Chive Crêpe, Mascarpone and Shallots Lobster Sauce with Star Anise
Salad of Field Lettuces with Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette, Roasted Beets, and Crumbled Goat Cheese
Roasted Hudson Valley Duckling Melted Sugar Plums, Tawny Port, and Cracked Pepper Gingered Sweet Potato Purée
Honey and Sake Glazed Black Cod with Ragout of Orzo and Broccoli Rabe
Pear Tomatoes and Morel Jus
Roast Chateaubriand of Beef with Mousseline of Yukon Golds with Truffle Butter
Haricot Vert with Shallots and Sauce Perigourdine
Warm Chocolate Yule Log, Melting Valrhona Ganache, Crème Anglaise and Phyllo
Petit Fours and Café Filte
X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
71 Water Grant St, Yonkers