• Enjoy Santa Monica Restaurant Week from January 6-12

     
    POSTED January 6, 2020
     
  • Enjoy Santa Monica Restaurant Week from January 6-12

     
    POSTED January 6, 2020
     

The new year kicks off with a quintessential Southern California culinary event: Santa Monica Restaurant Week! For the eighth year, the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism program celebrates the city’s renowned farmers markets by inviting local chefs to create a signature dish around a single seasonal and healthy ingredient. For 2020, that ingredient is the golden-orange kumquat, which is available at Santa Monica Farmers Markets during the winter months.

As the tourism board notes, the grape-sized citrus packs two flavors into its petite package, with a sweet edible peel and tart flesh. Rich in vitamin C and fiber, the kumquat also contains vitamin E and B vitamins, iron, magnesium and more.

During the weeklong event (January 6 to 20) diners will be able to discover the versatility of the kumquat, and event planners will experience the creativity of Santa Monica’s chefs at dozens of restaurants. Dishes include pumpkin toast with burrata, kumquats and pumpkin seed crumble at Little Prince; Baja-style yellowtail featuring kumquats as a garnish and in the

chile sauce; koji-fried quail in a kumquat and Calabrian chile sauce at the rooftop Calabra at Santa Monica Proper Hotel; and at the newly opened Socalo, which marks the return of beloved chefs Mary Sun Milliken and Susan Feniger to Santa Monica, salmon poke is flavored with kumquat ponzu.

“We are fortunate to have a city that boasts a proclivity of world-class restaurants, fueled by the fresh, local ingredients found at our four weekly Farmers Markets and bold practices of our beloved chefs,” says Misti Kerns, President/CEO of SMTT. “As a long-time resident of the beach city, Santa Monica Restaurant Week is one of my favorite times to enjoy our restaurant scene with friends and family, and I hope many of my neighbors do the same this year.”

It had been more than 50 years since the shores of Lake Minnetonka have seen a hotel when downtown Wayzata decided it was ready to change that. The 92-room Hotel Landing has proven to be a popular destination for brides- and grooms-to-be, business travelers, high-end diners, and company parties. From its 4,200 square feet of meeting space to its Nordic-inspired spa, Hotel Landing is a Wayzata oasis for locals and out-of-towners alike.

 

When it comes to apples, Minnesota knows its stuff. Home of the Honeycrisp, Minnesota proudly boasted its apple knowledge at the Minnesota Cider Guild's 6th annual Minnesota Cider Fest on Saturday, June 8. With more than 30 local, national and international cideries, the Minnesota Cider Fest offered samples of endless flavors of cider, and for the cider connoisseur, education sessions to test your apple knowledge.

 

D'Amico Catering celebrated the opening of yet another sure-to-be-a-hit restaurant and bar, The Brooklyn at Edinburgh USA on June 6. From miniature pies, lobster rolls and burgers to tables overflowing with artisan cheeses, fresh vegetables and gourmet breads, the grand opening of The Brooklyn made sure no guest left hungry.