The Grand Marquis to Ring In New Year Again at Michael Smith

The streets of the Crossroads Art District will once again echo with the sounds of jumping blues and hot swinging Jazz this New Year's eve as restaurants Michael Smith and Extra Virgin host another memorable party with The Grand Marquis.

As in years past, there will be two dinner seatings at James Beard award winning chef Michael Smith's namesake restaurant, with a special menu created for the occasion. Next door at Smith's second restaurant, Extra Virgin there will be a prix fixe offering also. The Mediterranean tapas style Extra Virgin and the fine dining experience at Michael Smith will begin New Year's festivities at 6:00pm. Michael Smith's first seating (4 course menu at $75 per person plus tax & tip with a $35 optional wine pairing) begins at 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00pm.The second seating (a 5 course menu at $95 per person plus tax & tip with a $35 optional wine pairing) begins at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30pm - The second seating includes a champagne toast

Extra Virgin will offer an all-you-can-eat ($50 per person) tapas buffet with wine specials, craft cocktails & specially priced bubbly.

The Grand Marquis will be playing from 8:30-12:30am.

"This has turned into a tradition for many," said Nancy smith, co-owner and general manager of the restaurants. "We love The Grand Marquis and our patrons tend to agree. Their Kansas City "Speakeasy" sound works so well in our neighborhood and in our restaurants."

The night may end with a champagne toast, but the journey to that toast is a gastronomic delight as chef Smith pulls out all the stops for a meal to be remembered throughout the year. Master barman Berto Santoro and his team will also be on hand to craft all manner of music and holiday inspired cocktail creations and the impeccable waitstaff at Michael Smith and Extra Virgin will ensure excellent service is at the core of your New Year's Eve festivities.

Call Nancy Smith to book your reservations as the dinner seatings and blow out party fills fast each year. 816-842-2202 - Guest may also book through

About The Grand Marquis:

Over the past 12 years the Grand Marquis have played a lot. They've logged more than 1400 performances, as far-flung as Seattle to South Beach Miami, but often in the Midwest where they call Kansas City home.

The Grand Marquis' music can bring to mind a variety of settings and places as well: Prohibition-era KC, the streets of New Orleans, 1950's Memphis and even 1930's Paris. But their sound remains grounded in a roots influence that keeps inspiring the Grand Marquis to create, innovate and build off a solid foundation of American music. Theirs is a style that defies the limitations of category, whether jazz, blues or swing, yet finds favor with a wide audience culturally, demographically and inter-generationally. For more information visit, or

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