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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

Directions

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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Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week

Celebrate the start of  Restaurant Week at the official Taste of Tri-Valley Kick-Off Party at Underdog Wine Bar at Concannon Vineyard. Underdog Wine & Spirits and the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to bring you an exclusive event highlighting the region’s culinary scene.

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 Livermore Wine Country evening.

Tickets for the Taste of Tri-Valley Kick-Off Party are $75 and can be purchased by calling 925-583-1581 or online.

The location and festive theme embody everything that is special about Tri-Valley’s culinary scene. The beautiful wine country location, gourmet tapas and award-winning wines will no doubt get people excited about Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week.

Taste of Tri-Valley Kick-Off Party at Underdog Wine Bar

If you can’t make it to the Kick-Off Party, don’t forget there is an entire week of special deals and signature dishes during Restaurant Week. More than 20 restaurants from Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville will showcase their culinary styles with  exclusive pre fixe lunches for $15 and dinners for $20 or $30.

From upscale wine country restaurants to charming downtown cafés and innovative local favorites, 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.

 

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More than 20 businesses from Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville will celebrate Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week January 21-29, 2012.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week is an incredible opportunity to experience some of the best wine and food in the destination at a value they can’t get at any other time of the year. January is also a great time to get hotel deals with the Winter Weekend Getaway promotion, offering a $50 Visa card for weekend stays. Visit and experience the diversity of what Tri-Valley offers, from wine tasting to shopping and so much more.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week

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.

Participating restaurants in Tri-Valley will showcase their culinary styles and signature dishes with exclusive pre fixe lunches for $15 and dinners for $20 or $30.

Select participating restaurants include The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Eddie Papa’s American Hangout, Stomp! Wine and Small Plates LoungeNonni’s Bistro, Blue Agave Club, Milano Joe’s Cucina Italiana, Maria Maria, Underdog Wine Bar and Campo di Bocce.

Visit the CVB website more information, a complete list of participating restaurants and menus.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, designated by Visit California. Upward of 30 destinations across California, from the desert and coast to wine country and High Sierra, are hosting restaurant weeks and other value-driven food programming this January.

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The Tri-Valley CVB is offering an enticing Winter Weekend Getaway promotion for travelers.

Don’t let winter and rainy weather get you down. Winter is a perfect time to visit Tri-Valley. Cooler weather means a return of the lush green hills, beautiful colors in the vineyards and fewer crowds too. The Tri-Valley CVB has just announced a Winter Weekend Getaway promotion that offers a $50 Visa card for visitors who book weekend stays at participating hotels in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

Here’s the scoop:

Visitors who book a weekend stay—Friday and/or Saturday night(s)—at a participating Tri-Valley hotel from November 1, 2011- January 31, 2012 must fill out the request form on the Tri-Valley CVB website to be eligible. Guests will receive the Visa card upon hotel check in. For more information, or to request the Visa card for a qualifying overnight stay, please visit: http://www.trivalleycvb.com/winter/.

Conveniently located within a one-hour drive from three major San Francisco Bay Area airports (SFO, OAK, SJC), Tri-Valley is an affordable travel destination known for its stunning wine country. The Tri-Valley CVB’s Winter Weekend Getaway promotion is just in time for several of the region’s most popular events, taking place during the winter months— much to the delight of foodies and wine lovers. Winter Weekend Getaway Visa cards are the perfect addition to a Tri-Valley weekend stay during Holidays in the Vineyards and Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week.

A few perfect options for using the Winter Weekend Getaway gift card right here in Tri-Valley:

Holidays in the Vineyards

A favorite wine country tradition by the Livermore Winegrowers Association, Holiday in the Vineyards, showcases local wines and tasting rooms with a festive holiday atmosphere. Artisan vendors, wine discounts and special activities at each wineries provide a unique, intimate way to experience the historic wine region during the winter months. This is an admission free event, but tasting fees may apply and vary by location.

Holiday shopping in charming downtowns

Take the stress out of holiday shopping by shopping in one of Tri-Valley’s tree-lined downtowns. Find the perfect, thoughtful gifts for family and friends in a gallery, boutique or artisan shop in the downtowns of Pleasanton, Livermore and Danville. Enjoy a day of holiday shopping with free parking and a relaxing pace. Downtown businesses are open for business all winter, but Pleasanton Downtown Association and Livermore Downtown Inc. are teaming to kick off the holiday shopping season the week before Thanksgiving with, Earlier than the Bird—a special event with in-store deals and free gifts, happening Saturday, November 19 from 7 am to noon.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 22-30, 2012.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week

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, happening January 22-30, 2012. The eight-day celebration is part of California Restaurant Month and provides food lovers the opportunity to dine at Tri-Valley’s vibrant and distinctive eateries for a fraction of the normal expense. More than 25 restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s Taste of Tri-Valley.

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Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, January 23-30, 2011

 

Campo di Bocce offers an exlusive prix fixe during Taste of Tri-Valley.

Campo di Bocce in Livermore offers an exlusive prix fixe during Taste of Tri-Valley.

Restaurants throughout the region are gearing up for the first-ever Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 23-30, 2011 as part of California Restaurant Month, as designated by the California Travel & Tourism Commission.

The finest, most renowned chefs and restaurants in the Tri-Valley will showcase their culinary styles and signature dishes for diners. The event features an array of well-known restaurants, casual dining establishments and local purveyors that will provide one of a kind dining experiences offered during this week only. Visitors can also experience the bounty of Tri-Valley by visiting Livermore Valley wineries, farmers markets and local farms.

Cafe Garre has a menu full of tempting entrees perfectly paired with Garre wine.

Food lovers can indulge in a prix fixe meal, specialty dish or special offer at the more than 25 participating restaurants. Many participating restaurants have Livermore wine available that pairs perfectly. No tickets or passes are required for Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week. Diners simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like all week.

All the details are available on the Tri-Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau website. Be sure to check out the complete list of participating restaurants and offers. This is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant or revisit an old favorite. The challenge might just be choosing which restaurants to visit!

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