We are waiting for the MoonPie to drop, the Champagne to pop and the New Year’s kisses to be nonstop. But some of us are just as excited for the Noble South’s New Year’s Eve dinner.

Not only will the LoDa favorite be serving an a la carte menu of popular Noble South plates, they will also have a special Chef’s Tasting Menu inspired by Mobile dishes from 100 years ago.

This 1916-inspired menu begins with Gulf shrimp consommé complete with poached shrimp, butternut squash and chives. Redfish Chambard fills the second course with oyster stuffing and mushrooms. Beef Marine brings the heavy protein with a braised short rib, cauliflower gratin and roasted heirloom carrots. Cap that off with coffee cake served with hazelnut ice cream, Champagne sabayon and shaved chocolate.

Price per person is $60, with additional wine and cocktail pairings available. Reservations are strongly recommended, so call 251-690-6824 or book online at Opentable.com today before the small number of seats are filled.

A healthy start
The past 11 months and 51 weeks have taken a serious toll on some of my favorite people, including celebrities, musicians, friends and, of course, family. I thought it might be a good idea to focus locally on some of Mobile’s healthier options.

Balance and FOY (Fountain of Youth) — If you’ve not made it to Balance then you’ve spent the last couple of years under a health rock. This place at 2351 Airport Blvd. serves up paleo at its finest. In addition to in-house dining they also offer pre-packaged meals, takeout and home delivery. Choose your bowl, choose your protein and weigh in the advantages of cauliflower rice.

There are meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner, customizable for restrictions and allergies.

Balance has been pleasing midtown for a while now, but downtown is recently celebrating the addition of FOY at 119 Dauphin St. in the bustling Bienville Square area. FOY is Mobile’s first true juice bar with fresh-pressed juices, no water or sugar added. They also offer fast breakfast items and lunch bowls as well as being a pickup spot for Balance meals. Visit www.getbalanced.us for more details.

The Health Hut — Specializing in vitamins, minerals, gluten-free products, organic and whole foods, The Health Hut has three locations to help you get on track for the New Year. The first two locations are at 680 Schillinger Road in Mobile across from Home Depot, and on Highway 90 in Daphne across from Fresh Market. The newest store is at the loop on Airport Boulevard in the same shopping center as Mellow Mushroom. Visit www.healthhutal.com to see all they offer.

Virginia’s Sunflower Café — I’m very familiar with Virginia’s latest location at the corner of Dauphin and Sage in Mobile. It’s one of the most complete health food grocers in our area and, of course, the Sunflower Café doesn’t compromise taste with its healthy eating. Now you can visit the café across the bay at Fairhope Health Foods! It’s the same folks. Check out www.va-fairhopehealthfoods.com.

Happy healthy New Year, everyone! Resolve to recycle!