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16th Annual International Black Tie New Year's Eve Gala

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Willard hotel

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

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Events BKE and ICDC present,

Steeped in 200 years of history, the iconic Willard InterContinental Washington, DC, is the venue for Washington's premier & most luxurious international New Year's Eve celebration presented for the 16th year. Celebrate New Year's Eve in grand style & indulge in a sophisticated haven of luxury & service as we ring in 2019!

We have assembled a selection of the finest entertainment from around the world to bring you an unparalleled and spectacular evening of sophistication and elegance. Attend on your own or with friends and join other outgoing internationally-minded professionals from around the city and the globe for a magical New Year's Eve gala. You do not need a date to attend.

Experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve party as you indulge in free-flowing champagne, an open bar, a spectacular balloon drop, & dance the night away to live bands & DJs. For dinner choose from a VIP sit down 3-course dinner with champagne or a dinner buffet of international cuisine. Also, enjoy exquisite desserts by the pastry chef at the Willard! Celebrate NYE in grand style with each ballroom representing an international destination with entertainment from around the world, party favors, & More!

A limited number of specially discounted tickets are available for a short time. Tickets will increase each week leading up to the gala. Reserve your tickets soon, as our previous New Year's Eve gala sold out! Please see below for the ticket options as well as gala ticket policies. All online ticket sales are final. No cancellations or refunds on online ticket sales for any reason. All attendees must be 21 and over.

Tickets will be released only to the credit card holder who purchased the tickets upon presenting valid ID and the credit card used to reserve the tickets. If you purchased multiple tickets, please arrive for registration together with your guests. Please note that large bags of any kind or winter coats will not be allowed into the event space.

All online ticket sales are final.
No cancellations or refunds on online ticket sales for any reason.
All attendees must be 21 & over.
No large bags or winter coats are allowed in the event space.
Security staff may screen guests and anything brought into the event space.

Please note that as we continue to refine the gala, themes, menus, entertainment, bands and other gala details are subject to change.

Together with the hotel and the entertainers engaged for the evening, we are all working diligently to present you a spectacular NYE celebration, regardless of the weather. The NYE Gala will be held rain, shine, or snow, including severe winter storms. Kindly note that by purchasing a ticket, you accept the responsibility to arrive at the hotel for the gala on time. Due to expenses incurred, we are unable to offer refunds in the event you are unable to attend the gala for any reason, including severe winter storms.

Purchase of tickets constitutes your acceptance of our rain date policy and no-refund policy, as all ticket sales are final.

Open Bar With Fully Stocked Bars

{Bar selections subject to change.}

Spirits: Beefeater Gin, Dewar's White Label Scotch, Jim Beam Bourbon, Smirnoff Vodka, Canadian Club Whiskey, Sauza Blanco Tequila & Bacardi Superior Rum

Wine: Hogue, Washington State, Chardonnay; Hogue, Washington State, Cabernet Sauvignon;
Villa Sandi II Fresco, Prosecco

Imported Beers: Modelo Especial, Amstel Light, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Heineken, Stella Artois, Caliber (non-alcoholic)

Craft Beers: Samuel Adams, Boston Lager, Samuel Adams Seasonal, Blue Moon, Goose Island, Angry Orchard, Flying Dog Easy IPA, DC Brau The Public Pale Ale

Domestic Beers: Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite

Assorted Regular & Diet Soft Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Coke Zero
Natural Spring & Mineral Water: Fiji, San Pelligrino, Evian, Perrier, Restore

Exquisitely Delectable Desserts
We have searched the world over to bring to you the finest selection of exquisitely delectable desserts prepared by the pastry chef at the Willard InterContinental for a memorable celebration. {Menu subject to change.}

Wild Strawberry Mousse and Champagne Gelee Verrines
Shot glasses filled with strawberry mousse with a layer of clear champagne gelee on top, 18k gold leaf flakes suspended in the gelee

Tropical Fruit Mousse Roulade
Thin white sponge cake layered with coconut mousse and rolled into a log, topped with a tropical fruit chutney which consists of diced kiwi, pineapple, and papaya cooked with vanilla bean, allspice, and anise

Dark Chocolate Passion Cones filled with Mandarin Orange Cream. Chocolate coated wafer cones filled with mandarin orange cream, and candied orange peel

Festive New Year's Macarons
Home made macarons decorated and airbrushed with festive colors

Lucky Golden Eclairs
Eclairs filled with chocolate pastry cream and dipped in gold chocolate

Double Layer Mint Julep Brownies
Chocolate brownies topped with a layer of mint julep buttercream

Meyer Lemon Meringue Tarts
Miniature vanilla tart shells filled with home made lemon curd and topped with a toasted Italian meringue

Handmade Chocolate Bon Bons
Assorted flavors of chocolate candies/truffles

Matcha Green Tea Creme Brulee
Our classic creme brulee recipe infused with Matcha green tea powder, burned using Sugar in the Raw

Opera cake
Layers of jaconde sponge cake, espresso buttercream, and dark chocolate ganache

Mini Paris Brest
Pate de choux batter piped in mini ring shapes and covered with sliced almonds then baked, when cool, they are sliced and filled with a praline pastry cream

Carrot Cake Morsels
Classic carrot cake layered with a vanilla bean cream cheese frosting

Coffee and tea.

Assorted Cheeses, Sliced French Baguettes & Assorted Crackers also served.

{Menu subject to change.}

Sumptuous International Dinner Buffer for Ambassador Level Ticketholders
The award-winning chefs at the Willard InterContinental have prepared a delectable dinner buffet representing international flavors and culinary traditions. The dinner buffet will be presented in the Euro Nightclub themed ballroom from 9:00 PM to 9:40 PM. If you reserved an Ambassador Level Ticket, please arrive at the registration desk at 9:00 PM to allow time to enjoy the dinner buffets presented. Please note that as mentioned on the ticket level descriptions, the dinner buffets close at 9:40 PM. We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive after 9:40 PM and miss the dinner buffet. {Menu subject to change}

Executive Chef's Selection of a Seasonal Inspired Butternut Squash Soup

Selection of Organic Lettuce Leaves, Fennel Chiffonade, Vine Ripe tear Drop Tomatoes, Julienne of European Cucumber and White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Greek Salad with a Julienne of Cucumber, Vine Ripened Tomato, Feta Cheese, Peppers & Herbs Vinaigrette

Beef Bourguignon served with Caramelized Cipollini Onions and Election Braising Liquid

Pan Seared Chicken Breast and Natural Pan Jus

Sundried Tomato Crusted Mahi Mahi on Orzo Pasta

Cavatelli Pasta Tossed in Portobello Mushrooms Volute

Roasted Marble Potatoes with Parsley Butter

Melange of Seasonal Vegetables

{Menu subject to change}

Presidential Admission with VIP Seated 3-Course Dinner

Make your New Year's Eve experience an extra special indulgence with the Presidential Level ticket option featuring all of the fantastic amenities our New Year's Eve Gala complemented by a special VIP seated 3-course dinner with champagne for Presidential Ticket holders.

The seated 3-course dinner is presented from 8PM to 9:00 PM with the last seating at 8:40 PM. We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive after 8:40 PM and miss the 3-course seated dinner. Table seating is reserved for Presidential ticket holders until 9:00 PM. {Menu subject to change}

{The chef at the Willard is updating the menu for 2019 and the updated menu will be posted below shortly}

~~ The Salad ~~
Local Greens, Candied Pecans, Vermont Goat Cheese,
Fresh Raspberries & Dried Cherries, Red Wine Vinaigrette

~~ Entree ~~
Pan Seared Filet Mignon & Roasted Sea Bass
Cabernet Mushroom Reduction & Orange Ginger Glaze
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables to include
Red & Gold Beets, Broccolini, Cipollini Onions
-- or --
Chef's special vegetarian option

~~ Dessert~~
Decadent Chocolate Devastation
Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Gateau, Spiced Hazelnut Praline, Tobago Dark Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Plaquette, Raspberry Sauce, White & Dark Chocolate Confetti

{Menu subject to change}

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