New Year's Eve, The Farmers Market Way December 20, 2018 BACK TO MARKET BUZZ

Ringing in the New Year in Los Angeles can be a tricky venture. The New Year's Eve soiree, whether it’s a glamorous to-do or an intimate gathering, needs to cap off the holiday season in style while also setting the tone for the year ahead.  With so many details to plan, it’s good to know that the merchant experts at Farmers Market can help you create the perfect party meal.


  • Welcome Cocktail with Italian Prosecco and Candied Sour Cherries:  Welcome guests with a special cocktail crafted from Prosecco and Amarena cherries, available from Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market. Affordable and delicious, Prosecco is the perfect base for sparkling wine cocktails. Drop a sour Amarena cherry into the bottom of a champagne flute or drizzle the rich candied syrup into each glass, and fill with Prosecco. Voilà, the perfect welcoming cocktail.
  • Champagne:  Monsieur Marcel offers a wide variety of sparkling wines to help you toast to a happy and healthy 2019. Their experts reccomend Lanson Brut or Brut Rosé, Louis de Sacy Grand Soir or Louis Roederer Cristal.


  • Spiced Nuts: Why settle for canned nuts when Magee’s House of Nuts offers a huge selection fresh-from-the-tree? Create your own mixed blend or have the merchants at Magee’s select some for you. For extra zing, prepare Magee’s spiced nut recipe from L.A.’s Original Farmers Market cookbook. Fun fact: Magee’s is credited with selling the very first bags of mixed nuts in Los Angeles.
  • Spicy Hummus: Popular in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East, hummus has become a healthy party staple in the United States as well. Moishe’s spicy hummus recipe is a silky, refined side dish that veers toward lemony rather than garlicky.  Good news for those planning to smooch their special someone at midnight.
  • Fondue Savoyarde: Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market owner Stephane Strouk takes his cheese seriously. The maestro spent two years perfecting his fondue recipe, which maintains a velvety consistency, sans the addition of any added starch. His secret? French Dijon mustard. Up the ooh la la at your own party by perfectly recreating Strouk’s masterpiece for your own guests.

For more ideas, stop by any of our expert merchants, including:

  • Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market: The French marketplace offers more than 250 varieties of cheese from fifteen countries. The skilled staff will help you assemble a selection of contrasting textures and flavors that will please even the most finicky palate. To make it even easier, Monsieur Marcel offers beautiful cheese platters available for pick-up. Order a small platter for $80 or a larger platter for $155 today!
  • Monsieur Marcel Seafood Market: Impress your guests with luxurious seafood options from Monsieur Marcel Seafood Market. You'll find lobster, crab, caviar, seafood platters and much more at their counter. 
  • Marconda's Meats and Huntington Meats and Sausage: If your guests are staying for dinner, pop by Marconda's Meats or  Huntington Meats and Sausage for their exceptional cuts. Choose from USDA Prime Porterhouse, Bone-In New York, Tomahawk, and Prime-Rib beef, all cut to order. Have a question on how to prepare your protein? Expert butchers Lou DeRosa and Jim Cascone have the answers.
  •  Farmers Market Produce Stands: What’s a party without a crudité platter filled with cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, colorful peppers and other fresh produce? At Farm Boy Produce and Farm Fresh Produce  you’ll find great vegetables which are so good that a sizable contingent of local vegetarians won’t shop anywhere else.
  • Littlejohn’s House of English Toffee: Keep the party going with LA’s favorite sweets, the homemade chocolates from Littlejohn’s House of English Toffee. Michael Graves and his team of candy artists turn out handmade confections from scratch every day, where customer favorites include the world-famous English Toffee and delectable Chocolate Covered Pecan Toffee.

Need more inspiration? With more than 100 grocers, restaurants and retailers, Farmers Market is home to hundreds of years of collective party planning knowledge. Stop by or visit to start your party off right.  

The Market will be open from 9am-6pm New Year's Eve and 9am-9pm on New Year's Day.