Rocky Top Hospitality Co-Hosts Downtown Raleigh’s Premier New Year’s Eve Party

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center Partners with Rocky Top Hospitality to Host Gourmet New Year’s Eve Gala

Raleigh, NC, December 13, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, has announced that the Triangle’s favorite catering company, Rocky Top Catering, and The Daily Planet Café, located inside the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, will partner with museum’s Nature Research Center to host downtown Raleigh’s premier New Year’s Eve gala. Guests will ring in 2014 in style with a black tie optional celebration running from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Each wing of the museum, including The Daily Planet Café, will showcase a bevy of culinary artistry, including unique hors d’oeuvres, local craft beer tastings, decadent dessert displays, premium liquors and wines, specialty cocktails, with food stations on each floor.

Among the featured dishes revelers will enjoy are crab-stuffed mushrooms with cilantro remoulade; chicken and waffle sliders with goat cheese, leek and local honey, duck confit on crispy wonton with mango glaze and micro greens; charcuterie display with local smoked and cured meats, with tapenades, toasts and assorted mustards; and a chilled seafood display featuring oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail and hand-sliced lox. Entertainment will change throughout the night, highlighting some of the Triangle’s local favorites, including DJ Mike Morse, The Bernie Pettaway Jazz trio and Crush, playing classic hits and today’s top 40 music.

The New Year’s Eve Gala will cost $99 per person, which includes the extensive dinner package and open bar. Tickets, which are selling quickly, can be purchased at or by calling (919) 707-8060.

“We are excited to help Raleigh ring in 2014 with our friends at the Nature Research Center in what is sure to be an amazing, memorable evening,” said Ogan. “Guests will enjoy not only great music and entertainment, but an unbelievable selection of food and drinks that highlight the night’s festive atmosphere. We hope everyone can make it out and celebrate 2014 in style with us!”

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About Rocky Top Hospitality:
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. The Rocky Top Hospitality name includes a variety of unique restaurant concepts under its umbrella, such as Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar, The Daily Planet Café, Twisted Fork and Rocky Top Catering, a thriving events facility and catering business. Dedicated to supporting the North Carolina economy, all Rocky Top Hospitality restaurant menu items are made with local beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce, whenever possible. Dishes are made fresh daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box, and all beef and pork used are free of growth hormones, additives, antibiotics and chemicals. Named one of the Triangle’s Top Corporate Philanthropists by the Triangle Business Journal, Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, and his employees are actively involved in giving back to the community and supporting its local efforts. Ogan was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA). For more information on Rocky Top Hospitality, visit
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