California Restaurant Month returns to the Golden State this Jan. 1-31, 2016 with an expanded program that builds upon traditional restaurant week promotions with a broader range of culinary happenings.
For 31 flavor-filled days, dining establishments throughout California will not only feature gourmet prix-fixe menus, but also behind-the-scenes tours, wine-pairing specials, chef-led events, and all of the seasonal ingredients one would expect from the state that produces nearly half of all American-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables.
“From food trucks, fine dining and farm tours to wineries, breweries and distilleries, there’s no place like California to live out the biggest foodie dreams,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “In 2016, our expanded California Restaurant Month promotion will showcase the state’s agricultural diversity and allow visitors to follow California cuisine from the farm to the table.”
Throughout January 2016, foodies are invited to combine a passion for healthy, locally-sourced meals with iconic Californian vacation experiences to start the new year off right; enjoying everything from prix-fixe restaurant promotions and chef tastings to foodie events and wine samplings.
Below is a listing of celebratory culinary happenings in Northern, Central and Southern California during California Restaurant Month 2016. For destination updates and a list of all participating destinations visit: www.DineinCA.com.
- Encinitas – Downtown Encinitas Restaurant Week
Jan. 17 – 23, 2016
Take advantage of special prix-fixe menus and other limited-time offers during this 2nd Annual Restaurant Week.
- Escondido – Dine Out Escondido!
Jan. 24 – 30, 2016
Savor a showcase of artisanal foods and the creativity of fantastic chefs and restaurateurs at over 25 eateries.
- Los Angeles – 2016 Winter dineL.A. Restaurant Week
Jan. 18 – 31, 2016
This biannual 14-day dining event showcases participating restaurants in various neighborhoods throughout LA offering specially priced lunch and dinner menus. dineL.A. will also feature a new tier of experiential menus from the city’s top chefs via the dineL.A. Exclusive Series presented by Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.
- Newport Beach – Newport Beach Restaurant Week
Jan. 18 – 31, 2016
Orange County’s longest running restaurant week event, this 14-day dining event features special prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50 at participating restaurants.
- Oceanside – Participating Restaurant
Jan. 1 – 31, 2016
At The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, enjoy a lunch of the Privateer Salad and Margherita Pie for $20, or the Privateer Lunch Combo and a house-made lemonade for $28 during California Restaurant Month.
- Pasadena – Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena
Jan. 10 – 15, 2016
Celebrate the birth of the cheeseburger in Pasadena, the home of the cheeseburger. Forty restaurants, lounges, burger joints and roadside stands commemorate the day in 1924 when young Lionel Sternberger first put cheese to burger and served it to a customer at his father’s roadside stand, The Rite Spot.
- Redondo Beach – Redondo Beach Restaurant Week
Jan 11 – 17, 2016
Delve into the diverse dining of Redondo Beach through prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus, or by downloading VIP cards for special discounts at participating restaurants.
- San Diego – San Diego Restaurant Week
Jan. 17 – 24, 2016
More than 180 of San Diego’s finest restaurants participate in this annual celebration of local cuisine. Three-course prix-fixe dinner menus will be available for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person along with two-course prix-fixe lunch menus at $10, $15 or $20 per person.
- Santa Monica – Santa Monica Eat Well Week
Jan. 11 – 17, 2016
Santa Monica restaurants will be offering a specially crafted artichoke dish in honor of Eat Well Week. Consumers are invited to vote for their favorite Eat Well Week artichoke dish and in the end, the chefs of the top three restaurants with the most votes will win prizes.
- Temecula Valley – Temecula Valley Restaurant Month
Jan. 1 – 31, 2016
Celebrate Temecula Valley Restaurant Month by indulging in prix-fixe menu items and local farm-fresh ingredients at participating restaurants. Additional events, workshops and activities will also be available, enabling locals and visitors to experience some of the best wine and food Temecula Valley has to offer.
About Visit California:
Visit California is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures totaled $117.5 billion in 2014 in California, supporting jobs for 1,013,000 Californians and generating $9.3 billion in state and local tax revenues. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Official State Visitor’s Guide, go to www.VisitCalifornia.com. For story ideas, media information, downloadable images, video and more, go to media.visitcalifornia.com.