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Stay and Experience 20 Fine Eateries During January 2013 California Restaurant Month in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country   By PRWEB

Temecula, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2012

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country invites foodies and aspiring-foodies to celebrate, stay-and-experience California Restaurant Month with special January prix fixe/fixed-price lunch ($5-$10-$15) and dinner ($15-$20-$30) menus. Taste-and-savor Temeculas talented chefs goodness-and-greatness at attractive prices, encourages Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO. Chefs are ultimate-foodies. What attracts them to create in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country? A local-chef explains: I love the bounty of farms-ranches-vineyards. The weather is perfect; the food-fresh; the wine-handcrafted; and the locals-welcoming! We are happy to announce the first 20 Restaurant-Month restaurants and chefs philosophies-passions-backgrounds.

January-weekday Temecula Valley visits are excellent: less-busy means more-personalized attention plus potential conversations with chefs, winemakers/winemaking family-members, Adams continues. And hotels-motels-resorts offer Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) nightly rates starting at $59.99.

With natural gifts of climate (January-daytime-average 68-degrees) and geography (bolstered by Pueska Mountain), the boutique-destination is 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles. Temecula hotels-motels-resorts are minutes from Downtown Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country; Pechanga Resort & Casino.

*Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country (TVSCWC)
With vineyard-and-rolling-hill views, winery-chefs expertly pair premium, award-winning vintages with fresh-local-seasonal foods in celebration of sun-soil-and-natural-affinity. Temecula is a great, extended-visit with much for people from all-over-the-world to appreciate, shares a winery-restaurant chef.

1-Meritage at Callaway
With small-plate/tapas, big-flavor/variety, Chef Michael Henry uses fresh-local ingredients to create tapas, salads, entrées. Local is always better, he says. The menu is adaptable plenty to choose-from: conservative-dining or finesse/adventure. Chef-Michael worked with Robert Irvine (Food-Network); developed culinary-perspective traveling (Europe-Central/South America). Awards: best-restaurant; best-chef.

2-Pinnacle at Falkner
Son of Italian immigrants who instilled cooking garden-to-table, Chef Gianni Ciciliot says, Simple and bold is better; so-it-is with Mediterranean-inspired appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, entrees. Chef-Gianni apprenticed Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with Yvon Geotz (Winery Restaurant-O.C.). Awards: best-restaurant/best-chef.

3-Vineyard Rose at South Coast
Chef Mike Terry creates California-contemporary wine-country cuisine: natural-California beef, fresh-seafood, local/estate-grown vegetables. Chef-Mike worked with Bernard Guillas (Marine Room-La Jolla). Awards: best-restaurant/best-chef.

4-Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek
With 4-star-culinary-venue experience, Chef Steve Stawinski crafts inspired seasonal-cuisine, Wilson-family-favorites, and gluten-free using sustainable produce/seafood. Awards: best-restaurant/best-chef.

5-Shortys Bistro at Mount Palomar
Chef John Hausotter uses Mediterranean-Southwestern-California influences for wine-country bistro-cuisine. Food-and-wine pairing brings-out elements in both food and wine: a challenge I embrace.

*Beside the Rainbow Gap

6-Temet Grill at Temecula Creek Inn Resort
Emphasizing sustainable-and-local, Chef David Fuñe is redefining modern-farm and plant-to-plate approaches. Chef-David apprenticed with Tadashi Ono; plates vegetable three-ways (progressive-variety). Awards: best-restaurant.

*Downtown Old Town Temecula district

7-Bailys Restaurant
Co-chefs Bracken Blucher/Esuan Torres create California/Continental-cuisine with fresh-seasonal ingredients; French-cooking methods.

8-Front Street Bar & Grill
Bailys co-chefs construct upscale-casual, gourmet-burgers, flatbread-pizzas, BBQ/Cajun fare; daily soups, specials.

9-The Gambling Cowboy
Classic steak-and-seafood menu features high-quality, aged, beef.

10-The Bank Mexican Restaurant
Le Cordon Bleu-North America graduate, Chef Mariya Crisler embraces her Mexican heritage; creates authentic Juana-Jato cuisine. Chef-Mariya loves creating dishes that make mouths water, hearts beat faster, eyes widen.

11-Sweet Lumpys BBQ
Authentic are Chef-Owner John Syrokas flavorful, slow-roasted ribs, tri-tip, chicken; barbecue sauce. Parents family-style barbecues instilled Chef-Johns passion-for-cooking. Awards: best BBQ.

12-Texas Lils Mesquite Grill
Ranch-style steakhouse is popular for steaks, burgers, salads.

13-Robins Nest Desserts
Gracious bakery/dessert rooms specialty is made-from-scratch, southern-style desserts (pecan-pie, red-velvet cupcakes, sweet-potato pie). Chef-Owner Robin McCoys philosophy: LiveLoveDessert!

*Uptown Temecula district

14-E.A.T. Marketplace/Café
Chef-Owner Leah Delyte creates Nouveau-American cuisine. Fresh-local-sustainable are cooking ingredients I love. I love bringing people to the table; inspiring them to savor the moment. Chef-Leah worked with Alice Waters.

15-Vail Ranch Steakhouse
With dry-aged prime steaks specialty, expansive menu includes carpaccio, lobster-bisque.

*Promenade Temecula neighborhood

16-Qdoba Mexican Grill
Fast-casual establishment creates fresh, made-to-order burritos-tacos-quesadillas.

17-The Flame Broiler
Fast-casual fare is healthful Korean-style rice-bowls: chicken-beef-vegetables.

18-Broken Yolk Café
Home-style eatery serves omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast.

19-El Torito
Casual, Mexican restaurant features enchiladas, carnitas, carné-asada.

20-Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
Andrea Maue creates Gaelic Chicken, Shepherds Pie.

*For an up-to-date list of participating Temecula Valley restaurants and menus, see

More Deals
Additional promotions are at like Sunday-through-Thursday, midweek (better-than-weekend) nightly hotel-rates at Hampton, Fairfield/Marriott, Springhill/Marriott, Quality Inn. Call Temecula hotels directly; promotional code: January-Restaurant-Month.

On January 20, Grapelines Vineyard Picnic Wine-Tasting Tour (winemaking-tour; 4-winery tastings) features bonus foodie presentations by locally acclaimed chefs.

TVSCWC received TripAdvisors Travelers-Choice Best U.S. Wine Destination Top-10 award based on millions of travelers reviews of local-wineries, restaurants, attractions, accommodations.

Created by Visit California, California Restaurant Month is a promotion to encourage January travel to the state as the top culinary destination.

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau is online at; Facebook, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country; @Visit_Temecula, Twitter. Temecula Valley Visitors Center (Old Town Temecula, Third Street/Mercedes, Temecula Civic Center) is open 7 days. For information/assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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