A night out in Auburn: Carpe Vino and Auburn Symphony

WHEN YOU THINK OF DINING at a four-star restaurant, going to the symphony and strolling amid festive shopping displays, a “big city” experience comes to mind. But look no further than Auburn, which has all of the above.

Under Chef Eric Alexander, Carpe Vino has been honored with some of the nation’s most prestigious restaurants, including the French Laundry in Yountville and Per Se in New York, by being named to OpenTable‘s Diner’s Choice “Top 100 Best Restaurants in America.” Wine Spectator also has praised the restaurant for its wine list.

Alexander’s cuisine has received a four-star review (out of four) in the Sacramento Bee and a five-star review (out of five) in the Sacramento News & Review. “When it comes to farm-to-fork dining, Alexander and Carpe Vino are leaders,” the reviewer wrote in the Bee.

Carpe Vino’s seasonally and frequently changing menu might feature Dixon lamb, kabocha squash angnolotti, bacon-wrapped Karlonas quail or Musque de Provence pumpkin soup. “More and more I like to seek new ingredients with clean flavors, especially working with local farmers,” says Eric, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

For a small rural community, Auburn has enjoyed the honor of having its own symphony orchestra for more than 26 years. The “orchestra next door,” with nearly 70 members, has been recognized as one of the nation’s best community orchestras.

Under Maestro and Artistic Director Peter Jaffe, the orchestra’s theme for the upcoming season is “Notes from Abroad.” On Oct. 11-12 the Symphony presents Epic Romanticism, which soprano Jessica Siena and the music of Strauss, Berlioz and Franck. On Dec. 9, the Symphony presents traditional carols and a Messiah Sing-Along. On Jan. 24-25, the program is “High Spirits,” featuring Christina Mok on violin and the music of Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Hindemith.

On March 21-22, the program is “In the Spotlight,” featuring Curtis Kidwell on oboe, Patty Wassum on clarinet, Christopher Jones on horn and Cathleen Williams on bassoon, and the music of Wagner and Mozart. For tickets, go here.

For more experiences in Auburn and all over Placer County, read the free 2015 Visit Placer County. Now in a magazine format, it is published by Sierra FoodWineArt. For more information, visit the California Welcome Center-Placer County Visitors Bureau at 1103 High St., Auburn, call 530-887-2111 or go to VisitPlacer.com.

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