Other menu items are for appetizer, caviar sandwiches. For salads, seledka pod shuboj; carrots with raisins and walnuts, with sour cream dressing; and last but not least, tuna-and-rice salad. For main dish, vareniki, though fried rather than boiled, the way grandpa made them. The desserts are tiramisu and cherry cheesecake with whipped cream. Fruits will be tangerines, oranges, golden delicious apples (one of my favorite kinds) and grapes. A platter of swiss cheese, of course, is a given. We decided against a smoked meats platter this time around, it will be a fish-and-dairy New Year. Wine list will be champaigne, cognac, and probably a semidry white wine. There is really nothing to require a red wine.
Cognac is at my father's insistence. He loves good, very expensive kinds, and gets so irritated when we use it for cooking. Today I pretended I spilled some, and he almost jumped out of the chair :) I said it's a joke right away, though, as he is not that young anymore :)