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Sonoma County’s Culinary Scene Continues to Flourish

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Four Sonoma County Restaurants Named on OpenTable’s Top 100 List

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, January 6, 2020 — OpenTable, the online reservation service, released its annual “Top 100 Restaurants in America” list which includes four from Sonoma County: two restaurants and two wineries.

The two restaurants breaking into the top 100 were Terrapin Creek, Bodega Bay; and Guiso Latin Fusion, Healdsburg. Culinary programs at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, Fulton; and St. Francis Winery and Vineyards, Santa Rosa; earned the wineries mentions as well.

OpenTable’s accolade list is generated from diner reviews accumulated between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens was included for its annual farm-to-table dinner series and top-notch wine and food pairing while St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Santa Rosa was chosen for offering an unforgettable seasonal five-course dining experience highlighting the region’s agricultural and culinary traditions. Terrapin Creek located in Bodega Bay was recognized for serving distinctive modern American food with international nods and Guiso Latin Fusion in Healdsburg was credited for serving authentic Latin American and Caribbean dishes. All restaurants on the list prove the uniqueness and variety found in Sonoma County’s culinary scene.

Dungeness crab season begins

In other culinary delights – Dungeness crab season is underway. This succulent delicacy arrives at your table, fresh from the Pacific Ocean, via fishing fleets from Bodega Bay. While waiting for the boats to roll in, take a few minutes to enjoy watching whales migrate off the coast.

Fresh Dungeness crab is a Sonoma County point of pride. Prime season for this delicacy is in the winter months, when the cold waters flourish with the light reddish-brown crustaceans. Other than catching, cooking, and eating it yourself, you can’t get any fresher than buying it from a market that sources local catches.

Crabbing is the main fishing industry of Bodega Bay and is sold here only fresh, not frozen. Because of the great care taken to thoughtfully harvest this coveted crustacean, Seafood Watch has given the Dungeness crab a sustainable seafood rating of “Best Choice.”

Michelin stars shine in Sonoma County

Whether it’s dining on farm-to-table ingredients or sampling a unique dish from a Michelin-starred restaurant, Sonoma County’s array of culinary adventures will leave each visitor sated yet yearning for just one more bite.

SingleThread in Healdsburg has been awarded three Michelin stars for the 2019 guide. That makes it the first restaurant in Sonoma County to ever win this honor.

Farmhouse Inn and Madrona Manor have each been awarded one Michelin star. Both have earned the honor for more than a decade.

Sonoma County’s tastiest time of the year

February 21 through March 1, 2020

Take advantage of the slower pace winter brings by indulging in Sonoma County’s Restaurant Week, slated for Feb. 21 – March 1. Come and taste the local flavors. There are no tickets or passes required. Simply dine out at participating restaurants, explore new dining opportunities, or enjoy old favorites. Restaurants are offering prix fixe menus of $19, $29, or $39. Reservations are strongly recommended.

With more than 425 wineries and 500-plus eateries including Michelin-starred top-rated restaurants, Sonoma County is continuously recognized as a diverse and ever-evolving culinary destination.

About Sonoma County

Experience Sonoma County, where Life Opens Up. Just as wine “opens up” when it’s allowed to breathe, Sonoma County inspires visitors to open up to new experiences. Just 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is one of California’s top food and wine destinations, home to more than 425 wineries ranging from rustic to regal. Hike among towering redwoods, cruise along rugged Pacific coastline, and get to know inviting small towns. Or, just sit back and take it all in. Because here, you’re free to go your own way.

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