On Feb. 12, 1879 there was a gala carnival at the first United States skating rink at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hopefully it was just as fun as the opening of the skating rink in El Dorado County last year. Again, a big thank you to the organizers for bringing an ice rink to El Dorado County for the holidays.
By the way, there is a reason to celebrate on Feb. 18. It is National Drink Wine Day. More research is showing a glass of wine a day improves heart health, reduces forgetfulness, helps lose weight, boosts immunity and helps prevent bone loss. Notice it is one glass of wine. Wine has been crafted for thousands of years all around the world. There are more than 20 million acres in the world dedicated to growing wine grapes and it is an important crop in El Dorado County. A votre santé.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 is a good night to dine at Kobe Surf and Turf, 3300 Coach Lane in Burke Junction in Cameron Park, for lunch or dinner from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. During that time a portion of your purchase will go directly to supporting the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night. Just tell the server that you are there for the fundraiser on both dine-in and take-out orders. Call 530-672-9210 to make a reservation. To learn more about the Sober Grad Night program visit the Website at phsSoberGradNight.org.
Love that deal
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play, is offering a loving experience with the bottle-your-own wine event from Friday to Monday, Feb. 14 to 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Everything from bottles to corks are provided for this fun time bottling three award-winning wines to choose from: 2012 Malbec, 2012 Primitivo and 2011 Merlot. Special pricing is $9.99 by the bottle or $6.99 by the case and bottlers can munch on the gourmet pizza from the wood-fire burning stove. On Friday, Feb. 14 there is the pizza night special dinner for $10 as usual and, of course, the fabulous lobster meal for $20 more. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster.
Wine and chocolate
David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, is having a Wine and Chocolate Pairings event on Friday to Sunday, Feb. 14 to 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. To help celebrate Valentine’s Day learn which wines pair well with which chocolates and what does not work well together. To get more details call 530-295-1833.
Sierra Nevada House, 835 Lotus Road in Coloma, is having a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. The appetizer is stuffed artichoke with lemon butter, poached in white wine and herbs, stuffed with seasoned bread crumbs, garlic, pecorino and pancetta. The fruit and cheese course is a zinfandel poached pear, stuffed with gorgonzola and hazelnuts served with crusty bread and a savory zinfandel sauce. Salad and soup offerings are orange and olive salad with feta cheese, red onion and mache greens tossed in a sherry vinaigrette or vibrant beet soup with crème fraiche and micro greens. The entrées are: a lobster double feature — butter poached lobster tail atop a lobster cake served with truffled mashed potato and vegetable; lamb with cornbread custard — charbroiled lamb chop on a bed of a sweet and savory cornbread custard and sautéed spinach; roasted duck and currant compote with crispy risotto cake and vegetable; or surf and turf — a petite bacon wrapped filet with a pan seared scallop and apricot brandy sauce. The dessert is tiramisu, angel cake with strawberry concasse and chocolate dipped strawberry, raspberry velvet ice or crème brûlée. For reservations call 530-626-8096.
Sierra Banquet Center, Log Cabin Café, 3220 Ponderosa Road in Camino, is having a romantic dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. The night starts with a glass of sparkling wine and sweetheart salad. Next is Italian wedding soup. The entrée is a choice between lemon garlic shrimp linguine in a light creamy sauce, stuffed filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes or grilled halibut in a lemon butter sauce with rice pilaf. Desserts are a triple layer chocolate cake with raspberry reduction sauce or lemon cheesecake or hot apple berry crisp with French vanilla ice cream. There will be a barbershop quartet serenade at 7 p.m. To make a reservation call 530-644-0345.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is having chef Arturo Moscoso prepare an elegant four-course dinner served in the winery on Friday, Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m. Call the winery at 530-647-8505 for reservations.
Cuppa Coffee and More, 442 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting a private Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. The night will feature an antipasti plate, strawberry spinach salad, either poached halibut with Béarnaise sauce or beef Wellington with wild mushroom risotto, and chocolate mousse or raspberry blush cake. To enjoy this meal call 530-626-9600.
Madroña Vineyards, 2560 High Hill Road in Camino, is having a Valentine’s Day dinner with Smokey Ridge Charcuterie from 6-8:30 p.m. in the cellar. The formal evening will showcase the culinary talents of Kara and Zach Taylor from Smokey Ridge. To dine in the candlelit cellar call 530-644-5948.
Madroña is also having a flights dinner at Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5-8 p.m. These dinners are really fun with a specially priced three-course meal paired with wines. There will be six menu choices and winemaker Paul Bush will be on hand to chat about the pairings. Call the Smith Flat House at 530-621-1003 for reservations.
The Oak Ridge High School Asian Club is having a Typhoon Haiyan Talent Fest on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the school, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. There will be food, games and fun from 1-3 p.m. in the cafeteria with all the proceeds going to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Ormocanon USA Inc. is sponsoring the event.
The Cameron Park Community Services District is presenting “It’s a Wedding Affair Bridal Show” on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the community center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. The free show will have wedding professionals ready to answer questions from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-register online at cameronpark.org to be entered in the special “wedding giveaway.” For more formation call 530-677-2231.