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Celebrate California Restaurant Month

Celebrate California Restaurant Month in January with a culinary adventure down the bountiful backroads of El Dorado County. “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, gourmet prix-fixe dinners, farm tours, vineyard hikes, cooking demonstrations with amazing and innovative chefs and special discounts on food, wine, accommodations and transportation.

For the last five years we have celebrated California restaurant month by offering a several 4 course progressive dinners on only one or 2 nights during the month. This year we are expanding our horizons. For the “foodie” there is no better time of year.

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Wine & Cheese Pairings

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A fun Wine & Cheese Pairing experience led by cheesemonger Mary Dedrick of Dedrick's Cheese on Main Street in Placerville.

Call the winery for reservations 530-647-8505

A tasty lesson in creating the perfect pairing that will bring out the best in both the cheese and four popular Miraflores wines.

Special “One Night Only” Offer

“Murder by the Glass”

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January 30, 2016  6pm to 9pm
Cielo Estates 3040 Ponderosa Rd. Shingle Springs, CA 95682
$85 per person plus tax

The “Murder by the Glass” mystery murder dinner is the perfect blend of entertainment, exquisite cuisine, spectacular wines, a dose of intrigue in enchanted winery setting.  Enjoy a special five course dinner prepared by Cielo Estate Executive Chef Brian Overhauser, known for his innovative menus highlighting fresh, locally grown ingredients that complement Cielo Estate wines.

Murder mystery takes guests back to 1985, when pop-band manager turned wine collector, Heddy Rockstocker, made the wine discovery of the century; a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, unearthed in a Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson.  Tonight the rare find will be auctioned off by none other than Christie’s of London and is estimated to sell for over $100,000.  Millionaires and celebrities from around the world will be attending this event in hopes that theirs will be the winning bid.  However, Heddy won’t reveal the exact location where the bottle had been found and rumors have begun to swirl.  Is it part of a Nazi hoard, a hoax or is she possibly protecting an even darker secret?

Special “One Night Only” Offer

A Cool Progressive Dinner

January 23, 2016 4pm – 8pm
Cool CA
$60 per person or $110 per couple before January 15th, $65 per person after that date.  Price includes gratuity and tax.

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Nestled in the northwest corner of El Dorado County at the crossroads of Historic Highway 49 and Highway 193 is the town of Cool,  population is 3,972.   It is rich in history, natural scenic beauty and small town hospitality.   But in recent years it has earned the attention of the passing tourists and locals for its culinary cred.   Amazing chefs with a passion for creating a unique dish or sharing a family tradition have come together celebrate California Restaurant Month with a delicious four-course dinner, each course served at a different restaurant.  Kicking off the evening is Cool Beerwerks  Rochelle and Steve Robello added a new spin to their brewery, Sushi! With their love of sushi and Steves Hawaiian heritage they've created a Japanese/Hawaiian fusion restaurant. For the appetizer portion of the progressive dinner, they will be featuring Japanese pot stickers with ponzu sauce, California rolls, and vegetable spring rolls.

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Next up, American River Pizza and Grill, famous for the Cool Deli salads and sandwiches for over 25 years. Taking it to another level, Foodies will love the fresh take on their salads. Participating in it’s 3rd El Dorado County Epicurean event, The Cork and Fork is this year’s featured entrée. While the menu has not yet been decided, guests can expect a touch of Southern, California Fusion and Italian to affect each meal. Recently remodeled to include finer dining experiences such as candles and flowers on each table to the newest preparation and cooking techniques including Sous Vide, The Cork & Fork continues to improve on the areas culinary scene.

The last stop on this very Cool Culinary Adventure is COOL BUNZ N BEANZ, the Newest and Coolest Coffeehouse and Bakery on the Divide! Indulge yourself with hand brewed coffee, specialty drinks and an array of scrumptious desserts and baked goods.

Special “One Night Only” Offer

Winter "Resolution" Wine & Food in the Cellar

Narrow Gate Vineyards
4282 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, CA 95667
Sunday January 17. 2016
12 pm to 4 pm
$20.00 general admission, $15 wine club
Menu & Reservations available beginning December 28th, 2015

Start out the New Year happy and healthy in the cozy Narrow Gate Cellar. Taste current release wines, futures, certified Biodynamic estate grown wines, and a selection of ports all perfectly paired with a healthy, yet wine friendly, “strolling lunch” that won’t throw off your New Year’s resolution!

Offered All Month

Smith Flat Winter Tasting Menu w/Local Wine Pairings

Smith Flat House
2021 Smith Flat Rd. Placerville, CA 95667
Every Tuesday and Wednesday in January
5:00pm - 9:00pm

The Smith Flat House support local farmers, winemakers and other food artisans by bringing you fresh, seasonal, locally sourced products as an ever-increasing portion of our menu. This comfortable, yet elegant setting is the perfect place for families & friends to celebrate special occasions or just relax and enjoy delicious homemade, locally focused food in a beautiful, historic setting.

A four course seasonal culinary adventure with each course paired with the perfect local wine selection.

  • 1st Course: Beef Tartare: arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette, goat cheese and candied walnuts
  • 2nd Course: Seared Scallop w vanilla-tarragon hollandaise (2012 Gold Hill Viognier)
  • 3rd Course: Elk Shank Osso Bucco w herbed corn bread (2012 Bumgarner Touriga)
  • 4th Course: Juniper Berry Tartlet w Cranberry Reduction (2009 Jodar Black Bear Port)

Check out for additional weekly offerings.

Offered All Month

Four Course Prix-Fixe Menu For Two

Snooty Frog
3300 Coach Ln, Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 677-9025
$49.95 plus tax and gratuity
Mention CA Restaurant Month
Valid January 2016 – menu subject to change

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The Snooty Frog is a casual dining restaurant with an upscale feel in Cameron Park, California. Famous for her sizzling filets, Executive Chef Michelle Schanel has created a menu specializing in steaks and seafood using only the finest ingredients.

First Course (Choose One)

  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Baked Brie
  • Calamari Rings

Second Course

  • Two Dinner Salads


Third Course

  • Two Sizzling Filet (4oz.) with Sautéed Mushroom and Red Smashed Potatoes


Fourth Course

  • Dessert

Offered All Month

Three Course Prix-Fixe Menu

Zac Jacks Bistro
3275 Coach Ln, Cameron Park, CA 95682
(530) 676-2969
$17.95 per person plus tax and gratuity
Valid January 2016

Zac Jack's is a gastro bistro serving “Everyday Gourmet Cuisine”. The affordable restaurant serves delicious California cuisine prepared using classic French cooking techniques and farm fresh ingredients.

First Course (Choose One)

  • Soup or Salad

Second Course

  • Entree

Third Course

  • Dessert

Offered Select Days

Kids Eat Free
Los Estabos Mexican Restaurant
 2968 Highway 49 Cool, CA 95614
(530) 401-4252
Kids eat free with each paid adult
Valid January 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th 11am to 8pm

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