Summer Locals Deal on Tim Wood Food (and More) at Carmel Valley Ranch
July 25, 2011
Maybe you needed an excuse for a midweek burst of Carmel Valley sunshine.
Here are three. Or three-in-one. Either way you like it.
"Eat Play Scrub" is a promotion that provides Monterey County residents with a 15 percent break on any Spa Aiyana treatment, lunch at the Lodge Restaurant and/or a round of golf with complimentary golf cart.
It's valid Sunday-Thursday through Aug. 31. To book, visit the Carmel Valley Ranch website or call 625-9500 and mention promo code "playlist."
Relevant notes therein: The new River Ranch Cafe (625-9500 x569) has been open a couple of months down on the golf course. Executive Chef Tim Wood, who's directing traffic there in addition to duties at the main Lodge dining room, weighed in on the updates.
"It's a beautiful cafe we redid," he says. "We didn't take the adobe down but built the farmhouse back from the inside out."
He recommends an Angus burger ($10; $12 for the "monster" with everything) he calls "beautiful with Swank Farms heirloom tomatoes"—which are also in the burrata-heirloom salad ($12) at the Lodge up top.
They've also added charcuterie plates to the night and lunch menu—which is reflective of a widened experience in both places.
When I asked Wood for other dishes he might highlight, he pinpointed the grilled achiote prawn salad with sweet white corn and a citrus-lime vinaigrette ($18).
The bartender rotates nice cocktails nightly, like the Meyer lemon margarita or the basil mojito ($12 a pop) with goods from the CVR garden just down the hill.
He also mentioned something cool that they haven't started yet with the Monterey Bay Salt Company: they're building a salt drying rack that they will use to create tastes of the sea enlivened by their own blend of property herbs.
The sunshine awaits.