Marriage Proposal Wasn’t on Prix-Fixe Menu

Chef Alexander’s “At the Crossroads of Culture” prix-fixe event came out of the box strong last night with 55 diners enjoying “The Cuisine of the Holy Land,” an inventive and unusual first-time menu.  Beyond stellar food, what really made the night special was a pre-dessert surprise at Table 10 (in the window).

That’s when Stanton Miller of Grass Valley popped the question to his beloved partner of eight years, Sharon Connor.   When our Cailey Wilson brought out the Rosewater Malabi and Orange Blossom Meringue, a diamond ring materialized and Stanton pitched Sharon on the notion of facing eternity together.

Sharon Connor and Stanton Miller

Sharon Connor and Stanton Miller embrace after she said “yes” at Carpe Vino on Tuesday evening.

No decision on a date or whether or not Sharon intends to hyphenate her name, but they are already united in their Carpe Vino Wine Club membership. The pair connected through (bet they both checked the “wine” and “dining out” boxes), and our joint is their favorite place to nosh.

“Crossroads” continues through Sunday, with our usual proposition of four courses with choices for $59.95. Click here for the full menu; to make reservations, please call 530-823-0320 or go to

As a final note, Sunday evening I watched “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” on CNN, and Beirut was the featured locale. I bring this up because of proximity of this battle-torn country to the Holy Land. To paraphrase Tony, he described the place thusly: “There are two million Christians, 1.5 million Sunnis, 1.5 Shiites and two million Syrian refugees, all living together in a place the size of Connecticut. Some pray on Friday and some pray on Sunday, but they all eat at the same restaurants.”

With a different mix of religions and peoples, this is a direct analogy to what you can expect from our menu this week.