Every January is “California Restaurant Month,” when destinations and restaurants across the state showcase the best of local cuisine. From special events and menus to pre-fixe dinners and exclusive deals, California Restaurant Month participants bring to life the culinary experiences that make the Golden State the No. 1 food travel destination in the country.

Visit Placer is getting its’ 2019 tourism efforts off to a delicious start with their premiere “Restaurant Week” campaign. Beginning Friday, Jan. 4 (yes, we’re a lil late to the party) and running through Jan. 13th, several of Placer County’s finest eateries (listed below) will be participating in “Placer Celebrates Mandarins” week, shining a spotlight on one of the county’s signature crops.

Okay, so here is one of the coolest tidbits about Carpe Vino’s participation in this event.  For both mandarin-inspired dishes being produced, Chef Alexander and Pastry Chef Courtney McDonald will be USING THEIR OWN MANDARINS from FOUR TINES FARM here in Placer County!  Now that is truly Farm-To-Fork!  Here is what they are making:

Hawaiian Swordfish | Braised Fennel, Beets, Satsuma Mandarin, Nasturtium, Pistachio Butter

Mandarin “Creamsicle” | Crème Fraiche Semifreddo, Mandarin-Vanilla Sorbet, Mandarin Confit, Brown Butter Shortbread (pictured above)

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