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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Saturday, January 12, 2013

Santa Maria Encourages Local “Restaurant Week”

Santa Maria Valley Chamber and Visitor Bureau Encourages Local “Restaurant Week” in Tandem with Statewide “Restaurant Month”

Locals and visitors alike are invited to savor and save as participating restaurants and wineries in the Santa Maria Valley offer special discounts from January 13 - 20, 2013 under the banner of “DineOut: Santa Maria Style” restaurant week.


Thirty Cities Taking Part in Statewide Promotion

Special Santa Maria Valley Restaurant and Wine Tasting Discounts

Happening January 13 – 20, 2013

Here’s how it works: Patrons are invited to mention the “DineOut: Santa Maria Style” promotion at participating restaurants, and then receive a 15 percent discount off their meal ticket (excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity). And those who mention the promotion at participating winery tasting rooms will receive a two-for-one tasting. Details on participating businesses are listed below and may also be found at www.santamariavisitor.com/DineOut.

“The event dates were chosen to coincide with California Restaurant Month, a successful statewide promotion that benefits food and wine establishments during the winter season,” said Gina Keough, manager of the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau, which is coordinating the promotion.

Participating restaurants offering a 15 percent savings on meals are The Garden Room Restaurant at the Historic Santa Maria Inn; The Vintner’s Bar & Grill at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria; Straw Hat Pizza on North Broadway; and Rooney’s Irish Pub in Orcutt.

Participating wineries offering two-for-one tastings include Foxen Winery and Vineyard; Cambria Winery; Byron Winery; and Riverbench Vineyard and Winery.

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau has provided participating businesses with flyers, window clings from Visit California, and a marketing “toolkit” to help restaurants make the most of the promotion. In addition, the Chamber/VCB is promoting local shopping and dining with its “Thanks! for Shopping Santa Maria” campaign. The Chamber/VCB is placing the tagline in local advertising, and supplying buttons and stickers to local stores in order to help them spread the message and thank their loyal customers.

“We’re reminding locals that when they spend their money here at home, the sales tax revenue helps keep businesses, non-profit organizations and community services alive,” Keough said. “Basically, people contribute directly to their own quality of life.”

California Restaurant Month Quick Facts

• Thirty cities across California are hosting restaurant weeks throughout the month of January.

• California is the top destination in the U.S. for culinary travel, with visitors drawn to the rich and diverse wine and food product.

• California produces 90 percent of American wine and is one of the leading agricultural producers in the U.S.

• For more information about California Restaurant Month, visit www.visitcalifornia.com/restaurantmonth.

Participating Santa Maria Valley Restaurants: 15% off the meal ticket

The Garden Room Restaurant

Historic Santa Maria Inn

801 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA (805) 346-7908

www.SantaMariaInn.com

The Vintners Bar and Grill

The Radisson Hotel Santa Maria

3455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA (805) 928-8000

www.VintnersGrillSantaMaria.com

Straw Hat Pizza

1822 North Broadway, Santa Maria, CA (805) 347-1942

www.StrawHatPizza.com

Rooney’s Irish Pub

241 South Broadway Street, Orcutt, CA (805) 934-3777

www.RooneysIrishPub.com

Participating Santa Maria Valley Wineries: Two-for-One Wine Tastings

Foxen Winery and Vineyard

Tasting Rooms at 7200 Foxen Canyon Road & 7600 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria (805) 937-8507

www.FoxenVineyard.com

Riverbench Vineyard and Winery

6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria (805) 937-8340

www.Riverbench.com

Cambria Winery

5475 Chardonnay Lane, Santa Maria (805) 937-8091

www.Cambriawines.com

Byron Winery

2367 Alamo Pintado Drive, Los Olivos (805) 938-7365

www.byronwines.com

For more information about Santa Maria Valley attractions, lodging and more, visit www.santamaria.com or call the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau at (800) 331-3779.

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