Archive for January, 2012

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week 2012 gets under way this weekend, starting with a Kick Off Party at Underdog Wine Bar at Concannon Vineyard on Friday, January 20.

Partygoers will be treated to an intimate event with live entertainment, food and wine. Acclaimed Bay Area chef, Barbara Llewellyn, has a tempting menu of decadent hor d’oeuvres, delicious dessert bites, and seasonal small plates made from local produce. Award-winning wine and a bubbly toast make for a perfect evening in Livermore Valley wine country evening.

Tickets are available online or by calling 925-583-1581. Use code UWBPARTY for an exclusive $20 discount on ticket prices.

The culinary celebration of the region doesn’t stop there. Enjoy exclusive prices on pre fixe menus all week long at thirty participating restaurants from Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

From upscale wine country restaurants to charming downtown cafés and innovative local favorites, visitors to Tri-Valley can explore the region’s diverse culinary offerings without breaking the bank during Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week. The eight-day celebration provides food lovers the opportunity to dine at Tri-Valley’s vibrant and distinctive eateries for a fraction of the normal expense.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week is Saturday, January 21- Sunday, January 29, 2012. Thirty restaurants throughout the region are participating with $15 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners for $20-30. The challenging part will be deciding which restaurants to visit!

Here’s a current list of participating restaurants.

Anarkalee Restaurant, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner   
Baci Bistro & Bar, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner
Blue Agave Club, Pleasanton
$30 Dinner 
Cafe Main, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner For Two  
Campo di Bocce, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner 
Chicago’s Metropolitan Deli, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner
Coco Cabana, Dublin
$30 Dinner 
Eddie Papa’s American Hangout, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner 
El Charro Mexican Food & Cantina, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner For Two 
El Nido Mexican Restaurant, Danville
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Esin Restaurant & Bar, Danville
$30 Dinner    
Faz Restaurant, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Garre Vineyard and WInery, Livermore
$15 Lunch 
Great American Grill, Livermore
$15 Lunch 
The Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill, Pleasanton
$15 Lunch  
The Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill, San Ramon
$15 Lunch 
Maria Maria, Danville
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner 
McNamara’s Steak and Chop House, Dublin
$30 Dinner 
Milano Joe’s Cucina Italiana, Livermore
$30 Dinner 
Nonni’s Bistro, Pleasanton
$30 Dinner
Porter’s Restaurant at Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Livermore
$15 Lunch 
Patrick David’s – An American Bistro, Danville
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner   
Norm’s Place, Danville
$15 Lunch 
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Sanctuary Ultra Lounge & Restaurant, Livermore
$20 Dinner 
Stixx and Steaks, San Ramon
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner 
Stomp! Wine Lounge & Restaurant, Danville
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner  
Tomo Sushi Bar & Grill, Pleasanton
$20 Dinner  
Underdog Wine Bar, Livermore
$15 Lunch | $30 Dinner  
Yiping Restaurant, San Ramon
$15 Lunch | $20 Dinner   

Check out the Tri-Valley CVB website for a sneak peak at the tempting menu selections to look forward to.


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Faz- Pleasanton showcases simply elegant Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh, quality ingredients. Set in a unique dining room with redwood grove in the heart of the restaurant, a wood burning oven produces fragrant pizzas and flatbreads.

Chef Faz Poursohi is sharing the recipe for his delicious Grilled Avocado with Jumbo Prawns, which will be featured on the restaurant’s upcoming Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week menu.

grilled avocado jumbo prawn

Chef Faz Poursohi's Grilled Avocado with Jumbo Prawns

Chef Faz Poursohi’s Grilled Avocado with Jumbo Prawns

Serves 4 people

Chipotle Aioli – filling for center of grilled avocado half

Blend in small blender or hand held emulsion blender

2 cups mayonaise                                                                               

1 small green onion diced fine                                         

8 sprigs cilantro – leaves only – chopped                                  

2 Tbls or ¾ oz chipotle pepper juice or pepper             

¼ cup Lemon Juice                                                                 

1 small clove garlic                                                           

Touch of salt and pepper                                                                     

Chili Lime Vinaigrette – dressing for baby greens

1 cup orange juice

½ cup raspberry vinegar

Juice of 2 limes

1 tablespoon sugar or more depending on tartness

1 cup corn oil

pinch of crushed dry chilies

pinch of salt & pepper

Grilled Avocado

2 ripe avocados skin on cut in half

salt and pepper


Oil fruit side – Grill over hot coals or on grill pan, fruit side down, until nice grill marks appear.  Turn over and grill skin side.

Baby Greens and Mango

Toss 4 cups of baby greens with chili lime vinaigrette. Divide onto 4 plates

Dice 1 ripe mango 

Jumbo Prawns (butterflied)

Oil prawns slightly and grill over hot coals or use grill pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place grilled avocado half on tossed dressed salad greens, sprinkle with diced mango and place two grilled prawns opposite avocado.  Fill center of avocado half with 1 tablespoon of chipotle aioli. Garnish with wedge of lime.

More than 30 restaurants will showcase local ingredients and signature dishes at Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 21- 29, 2012. A complete list of participating restaurants and pre fixe menu details is available online.

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