California Restaurant Month is an annual January tradition – call it a foodie’s favorite time of year – and El Dorado County celebrates it with plenty of culinary adventure down its bountiful backroads. The El Dorado Epicurean Collection of Culinary Adventures is a month-long celebration packed with dozens of delectable deals, exclusive seasonal offerings, wine-pairing specials with amazing and innovative chefs, and special discounts on food and wine
For 2017, El Dorado County is rolling out the epicurean carpet with numerous unique culinary experiences. If you love food and wine – and great values – read on!
Special One-Day Events
Madrona Wine & Dine at Sierra-at-Tahoe – Like so many memorable couples (Sonny and Cher, Woody and Buzz, Simon and Garfunkel), Madrona Vineyards and Sierra’s Solstice Eatery are good on their own, but amazing when they come together. So it should be no surprise that they’re joining forces for California Restaurant Month. Enjoy Madrona’s award-winning wines paired with carefully prepared mini-bites from the one and only Solstice Eatery. It’s a one-of-a-kind way to cap off a day on the slopes, a week of work, or even the new year. Invite that special someone, grab your best friends (or even the whole fam) and come get fancy with Sierra and Madrona on a fine Friday afternoon! Tickets are $35 per person, $25 for season pass holders.
When: Friday, January 13, 2017, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Solstice Eatery & Corkscrew Bar, Sierra-at-Tahoe, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, CA 95735
Reserve your spot!
5 Fab Cabs BBQ Bash at Everhart Cellars / Hart 2 Hart Vineyards
This is a rare opportunity to taste five of Everhart Cellars / Hart 2 Hart Vineyards estate Cabernet Sauvignon Wines side by side and Barrel Taste Futures,along with a tasty BBQ buffet featuring slow smoked beef brisket, BBQ chicken breast, signature chopped slaw, mashed potatoes, gourmet gravy cornbread, and fresh yeast rolls Catered by Hog Wild BBQ. Tickets are $25/per person, and must be purchased in advance (available through January 25).
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 12 pm -4 pm
Where: Everhart Cellars / Hart 2 Hart Vineyards, 5821 Ca Hwy 49, Pilot Hill, CA
El Dorado Epicurean Adventure at Lucinda’s Country Inn
Lucinda’s Country Inn and Palissandro Vineyard & Winery present an El Dorado Epicurean Adventure. Enjoy a delicious five-course meal, including a beef tenderloin and rich chocolate cake, paired with Palissandro’s wines. This unique, intimate event is limited to ten people. Tickets are $75 per person, and reservations must be made by January 26. To reserve, call 530-409-4169.
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 5:30 pm
Where: Lucinda’s Country Inn, 6701 Perry Creek Rd., Fair Play, CA 95684
Prix Fix Menus & Wine Tastings
Smith Flat House Cellar & Grill – Guests can enjoy the delicious pairing of our bone in lamb shank braised for 8 hours served on roasted garlic mashed potatoes topped with a mushroom Marsala sauce served with blanched baby carrots and a glass of Holly’s Hill 2013 Grenache Noir for only $35!
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 5 pm – 9 pm (throughout January)
Where: Smith Flat House Cellar & Grill, 2021 Smith Flat Road, Placerville, CA 95667
Snooty Frog – This month only, you can enjoy a four-course dinner that includes a chef choice appetizer, soup or salad, Prime USDA steak dinner with vegetables, and a chef choice dessert for only $55 per couple plus tax and gratuity. The Snooty Frog is known not only for its steak and seafood (it is home to the ‘Sizzling Filet’), but it’s also known for its martinis.
When: Monday – Saturday, 5 pm – close
Where: 3300 Coach Lane E-3 (Burke Junction), Cameron Park, CA 95682
Holly’s Hill Vineyards – Whether you head here before or after you’ve enjoyed dinner at Smith Flat House, it’s worth a trip to enjoy their unique Rhone varietal wines. Bonus: in January they’re offering no charge on select tastings, primarily limited edition wines produced in smaller quantities.
When: Daily, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 3680 Leisure Lane, Placerville, CA 95667
Photos: Brian Walker for Sierra-at-Tahoe