The 9-year-old Carpe Vino wine bar/wine shop/restaurant of Auburn is taking the fifth. Fifth anniversary of the restaurant part, that is.
In celebration, a prix-fixe menu for $39.99 (plus tax and tip) will be served from 5 to 10 tonight, and every night through Saturday. Or you can order items a la carte.
The four-course meal starts with a choice of steamed mussels, foie gras and chicken liver mousse, or roasted beet and goat cheese napoleon.
The second course is a choice between French onion soup and a salad of organic mixed lettuces.
For the entree, choose between roasted Angus filet mignon (add $10 to your bill), English pea risotto or fish of the day.
End the evening with a hard decision: Will it be the buttermilk panna cotta or the chocolate cake with coconut ice cream?
Working the kitchen will be executive chef Eric Alexander, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Carpe Vino stocks 500 wines, so it's interesting and educational to stroll the racks and ask questions of father-son co-owners Gary and Drew Moffat. Be sure to get a look inside the Wine Mine Room out back.
Carpe Vino is at 1568 Lincoln Way in Old Auburn. Reservations: (530) 823-0320, www.carpevinoauburn.com.