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 backroad.

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, lodging and transportation (because wine tasting is best done with a designated driver!).

El Dorado County rolls out the epicurean carpet with numerous unique food and wine experiences. If you love food and wine – and great values – read on!

Special One Night Only Offers

Murder by the Glass

January 30, 2016 | 6 pm – 9 pm
Cielo Estates| 3040 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs, CA 95682

$85 per person + tax

The Murder by the Glass murder mystery dinner is the perfect blend of entertainment, exquisite cuisine, and spectacular wines, coupled with a dose of intrigue in an 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 by the Glass 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?

Reserve your spot to enjoy El Dorado County gastronomy and a unique murder mystery evening!

A Cool Progressive Dinner

January 23, 2016 | 4 pm – 8 pm
Cool, CA
(530) 889-1195 Call for reservations

$60 per person or $110 per couple before January 15, 2016 | $65 per person after that date. Price includes gratuity + tax.

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 3,972. It’s rich in history, natural scenic beauty, and small town hospitality, but in recent years it has earned the attention of both visitors and locals for its culinary cred. Amazing chefs with a passion for creating unique dishes or sharing family traditions have come together to celebrate California Restaurant Month with a delicious four-course dinner, each course served at a different restaurant. The Cool Progressive Dinner is cool and progressive – in so many ways.

Kicking off the evening is Cool Beerwerks. Rochelle and Steve Robello added a new spin to their brewery – sushi! With their collective love of sushi and Steve’s Hawaiian heritage, they were inspired to create a Japanese/Hawaiian fusion restaurant. For the appetizer portion of the Cool Progressive Dinner Cool Beerwerks will be featuring Japanese pot stickers with ponzu sauce, California rolls, and vegetable spring rolls.

Next up is American River Pizza and Grill, famous for its Cool deli salads and sandwiches for over 25 years. Foodies will love the fresh take on American River Pizza and Grill’s salad course.

Participating in its 3rd El Dorado County Epicurean event, The Cork and Fork is offering this year’s featured entrée. Guests can expect a touch of Southern, California Fusion and Italian in this to be revealed dinner entrée. 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 and Fork is a delicious addition to Cool’s 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! Be sure to save room for dessert – you won’t be disappointed!

Winter Resolution Wine & Food in the Cellar

Sunday January 17, 2016 | 12 pm – 4 pm
Narrow Gate Vineyards | 4282 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, CA 95667
$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! Reserve now.

Offered All January

Smith Flat Winter Tasting Menu with Local Wine Pairings

Every Tuesday & Wednesday in January | 5pm – 9 pm
Smith Flat House | 2021 Smith Flat Rd. Placerville, CA 95667

The Smith Flat House supports local farmers, winemakers, and other food artisans by including fresh, seasonal, locally sourced products as an ever-increasing portion of the 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.

Enjoy a four course 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 the Smith Flat House website for additional weekly offerings.

Four Course Prix-Fixe Menu For Two

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

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. Enjoy a four course meal that includes delectable (and sometimes difficult) choices including baked brie, calamari, shrimp cocktail, the famous sizzling filet with sautéed mushrooms, and dessert.

Three Course Prix-Fixe Menu

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

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. Treat yourself to a gourmet three course meal with a delightful ambiance.