California Restaurant Month Celebrates the Cuisine of the Golden State

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California Restaurant Month Celebrates the Cuisine of the Golden State

So many restaurants, so little time and money.  That’s a dilemma for many diners in California, but the folks at Visit California are offering up a solution for foodies in the Golden State this January.

Now in its 3rd year, California Restaurant Month (sponsored by Visit California) serves up inventive three course lunches and dinners for discount prices in restaurants throughout the state.  California Restaurant Month was launched with the intention of drawing attention to the state as a premier dining destination.

"California is home to award-winning chefs who truly have a passion for creating with local ingredients," says Caroline Beteta , Visit California president and CEO. "Visitors this January can expect to taste the state's inspiring culinary culture as chefs roll out special menus using fresh, local ingredients.  California truly is one of the world's best places to dine; Restaurant Month allows visitors, and locals alike, to discover that."

California Restaurant Month lures diners to go out to eat during a month that is typically slow for eateries.   This year the impressive list of participating restaurants boasts upscale celebrity chef locations including Bouchon, Craft, Lucques, Red-O, and The Bazaar as well as local favorites such as Lawry’s, The Melting Pot, The Palm, and The Sky Room.   Prices range from $15 to $25 for lunch and $25 to $45 for dinner.

This year foodies visiting participating restaurants have a chance at more than just an affordable gourmet meal.   Visit California is sponsoring a Photo Foodie Contest with a grand prize of an ultimate 7-day California foodie trip for two including airfare, lodging, car rental, a lunch with a Sunset magazine editor and food and wine tastings.  For more information on the contest and a list of participating restaurants during California Restaurant Month, go to www.visitcalifornia.com.

Northern California:

 

    Berkeley - Berkeley Restaurant Week

    Jan 15 - 22, 2013

    El Dorado County - El Dorado Epicurean

    Jan 20 - 27, 2013

    Manteca – Manteca Restaurant Week

    Jan 14 - 20, 2013

    Marin County - Marin County Restaurant Month

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    Napa Valley - Napa Valley Restaurant Month

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    Oakland - Oakland Restaurant Week

    Jan 18 - 27, 2013

    Redding - Redding Dining Days

    Jan 13 - 26, 2013

    Sacramento - Dine Downtown Restaurant Week

    Jan 9 - 18, 2013

    San Francisco - Dine About Town

    Jan 15 - 31, 2013

    San Mateo County / Silicon Valley - Share the Bounty

    Jan 15 - 31, 2013

    Shasta Cascade - Shasta Cascade Restaurant Month

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    Tri-Valley - Eat Tri-Valley

    Jan 1 - Feb 3, 2013

    Vacaville - Vacaville Restaurant Week

    Jan 18 - 27, 2013

 

Central California:

 

    Madera County: California's Gateway to Yosemite - California Restaurant Month Celebration

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    Monterey County - Monterey County Culinary Month

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    San Luis Obispo County - San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara Film Feast

    Jan 24 - Feb 3, 2013

    Santa Ynez Valley - Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

    Jan 20-26, 2013

    Tuolumne County - Tuolumne County Restaurant Week

    Jan 20 - 26, 2013

 

Southern California:

 

    Beverly Hills - Around the World in Beverly Hills

    Jan 7 - 13, 2013

    Costa Mesa - California Restaurant Month

    Jan 1 - 31, 2013

    Downtown Long Beach - Downtown Long Beach Cheese Week

    Jan 21 - 27, 2013

    Irvine - Irvine Restaurant Week

    Jan 11 - 17, 2013

    Los Angeles - dineLA Restaurant Week

    Jan 21 - Feb 1, 2013

    Newport Beach - Newport Beach Restaurant Week

    Jan 18 - 27, 2013

    Oxnard - Oxnard International Restaurant Week

    Jan 21 - 31, 2013

    Pasadena - Cheeseburger Week

    Jan 13 - 18, 2013

    San Diego - San Diego Restaurant Week

    Jan 13 - 18, 2013

    Santa Maria Valley - Dine Out Santa Maria Style

    Jan 13 - 20, 2013

    Santa Monica - Santa Monica Eat Well Week

    Jan 6 - 12, 2013

    Simi Valley - Simi Valley Restaurant Week

    Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2013

    Temecula Valley - Temecula Valley Restaurant Month

    January 1-31, 2013

 

 

 

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