SONOMA COUNTY, CALIF. — Sonoma County chefs are spicing it up to get ready for the tastiest week in Wine Country – Restaurant Week – slated for March 6-12, 2017.
Featuring locally sourced produce, meats, seafood, and herbs, the event is offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $19, $29, or $39. The two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus are available for $10 or $15.
No tickets or passes are required; just visit www.SonomaCounty.com/Restaurant-Week and plan your culinary road map through nearly 20 communities. More than 120 restaurants are signed up and new restaurants are being added daily.
Pace yourself: It will take eating at 17 or more restaurants a day to take in all the culinary goodness offered during Restaurant Week. Post photos of your food adventures on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using the hashtag #SCRW and be entered to win dining certificates from participating restaurants.
Most dinner menus offer more than one choice for each of the courses. Many restaurants will be offering menus with dietary preferences, such as gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan.
Here are just a few samples of what will be available.
Specializing in fresh, local, and sustainable seafood, Fishetarian Fish Market (Bodega Bay) is offering lunch ($10) and dinner ($19) menus. For lunch appetizers, guests will enjoy a choice of kale coleslaw or a cup of award winning clam chowder. Choose between fish 'n' chips with a side of house tartar sauce and your choice of sweet potato or Kennebec potato hand-cut fries; or Shane's fish tacos, which are served with local and homemade tortillas, a creamy fusion of chipotle mayo and cilantro lime sauces, fresh avocado, lime, shredded cabbage, and homemade Pico de Gallo. Finish the meal with a cookie or brownie.
To start the dinner menu, guests can choose from kale coleslaw, clam chowder, or fresh ahi poke on a bed of organic greens. The main course options include fish n chips, fish tacos, or calamari and chips. Pair your meal with a complimentary craft beer on tap, glass of wine, or exotic soda. Guests will have a hard time choosing from this many dessert options: local artisan gelato, 3 Twins ice cream, cheesecake, brownie, or a fried Snickers bar.
La Gare (Santa Rosa) is offering a $29 mouth-watering dinner menu. The soup de jour starts off this four-course menu, followed by a butter lettuce salad with creamy dijon dressing. Choices for the third course are tough: Fresh wild king salmon filet in a beurre blanc sauce, or filet mignon topped with a local wild mushroom sauce. All of the entrees are served with rice or potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Choose from a poached pear almond tart or crème brûlée to top off this amazing meal.
Monti's (Santa Rosa) is offering a $39 dinner menu that is sure to please all tastes. For the first course, choose from citrus marinated baby beets, spiced pecans, Hobb's bacon, and chevre crema; escarole and radicchio salad with Fuji apples, candied walnuts, Point Reyes blue cheese, and mustard vinaigrette; or crispy Niman Ranch pork riblets with lemon, anchovy and harissa. Main course options include sole almandine served with French green beans, fingerling potatoes, radish, and caper brown butter; oak-roasted organic half-chicken with crushed fingerling potatoes, balsamic onions, arugula, and whole grain mustard; or Niman Ranch pork shoulder chop, served with crispy potato salad and a bacon onion marmalade. Top it off with a warm chocolate cake with coffee caramel, vanilla bean ice cream, and buttered almonds; vanilla bean crème brûlée with fleur de sel; or lemon tart with huckleberries and whipped crème fraiche.
Relish Culinary Adventures (Healdsburg), which offers cooking classes and other culinary experiences, will be offering a pop-up paella party, featuring Gerard Nebesky the Sonoma County Paella Guy, for $39. Guests will be treated to a complimentary glass of Sangria and Spanish tapas, then will enjoy a feast of paella and seasonal green salad. Once dinner is complete, guests will enjoy a dessert for a sweet finish to the evening. There will be seating on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Restaurant Week at 6 p.m.
Start planning a strategy for this epicurean tour at www.SonomaCounty.com/Restaurant-Week. Sort menus by cities and/or price, with each restaurant listing its special menu. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekend nights.
Find your passion for amazing food in Sonoma County, located only 30 miles north of San Francisco, and featuring more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 50 miles of stunning Pacific coast.
For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call 800-576-6662.