April 5, 2011
Carpe Vino restaurant celebrates five years with prix fixe menu

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,

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