It’s the heart of summer-harvest season around here. But even the best backyard gardeners can’t grow everything. Stuck with too many squash but not enough kale? A bumper crop of butter beans but no roses and not even one tiny tomato? Trade your edible extras and raised-bed adventure stories with those of your neighbors at the Albany Local Garden Swap (1249 Marin Ave., Albany). Nothing’s for sale here: Homegrown fruits, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and seeds are all free as long as you bring something to trade. — Anneli Rufus
Serving a six-course holiday menu featuring roasted goat with turnip purée, parsnips, and fried rosemary; carrot sformato with braised winter greens, salsify, and pistachio-dragoncello; and mascarpone-rum semifreddo with espresso chocolate cookie crumb and chocolate rum sauce.
Serving a three-course menu featuring filet mignon with crispy brussels sprouts, roasted Peruvian potatoes, and a wild mushroom and bourbon bone marrow pan reduction. Vegetarian menu includes oven roasted vegetable tower with butternut squash purée, balsamic glaze, and leeks.
Serving their regular a la carte menu plus a three-course prix fixe option including an appetizer, a special holiday pizza, dessert, and a choice of a punch cocktail or a glass of prosecco. The Count Party will include passed savory and sweet bites and pizzas, featured punch cocktails, and a champagne toast.
$45 for prix-fixe menu, $30 for countdown party
Serving their regular a la carte menu and a five-course prix fixe menu starting at 8 p.m. with main course choices of grilled beef fillet or organic salmon fillet. Complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight.
Serving a five-course prix fixe menu featuring Petrale Sole with butter poached lobster, lobster saffron gnocchi and melted leeks, or sliced beef tenderloin with red wine braised short ribs. Countdown party begins at 10 p.m. with DJ entertainment.
Serving a four-course meal featuring dungeness crab with citrus and chicories, risotto with black truffles, roasted duck and cotechino with lentils, and torta caprese. Additional $25 for wine pairing.
Serving a four-course and five-course menu. Both menus will include caviar with a winter roots salad and crème fraîche or crispy sweetbreads; hand rolled Garginelli with Dungeness crab and black truffles; and poached Turbot with lobster béarnaise or lobster and beef wellington with sauce Américaine.
Serving their regular menus all day plus a la carte holiday specials including fresh Tagliatelle pasta with champagne poached oysters; Ahi Tuna crudo with Japanese cucumbers; Prosecco and butter poached Maine lobster with risotto, leeks and sauce Américaine; Muscovy duck breast with ancient grain farro; and a peanut butter semifreddo with chocolate macaroons, candied peanuts and hot fudge.