As reported in the Santa Maria Times, Santa Maria Sun and elsewhere, you can “DineOut: Santa Maria Style” starting this Sunday and enjoy exclusive savings at local wineries and restaurants through January 20.

During this period, 11 restaurant and winery establishments in the Santa Maria Valley will offer everything from complimentary tastings and “buy one get one free” to 15 percent off a meal. 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.

Participating local restaurants offering 15 percent off menu items are The Vintner’s Bar & Grill at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria; Portabella Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn and Suites; Gilli’s Grill & Sports Bar; Starry Sky Coffee Company; and Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza (discounts exclude tax, alcohol and gratuity). Participating wineries include Costa de Oro Winery; Cambria Winery; Riverbench Winery; Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room; Toccata Wines Tasting Room; and Wine Country Orcutt.

Here are some quick facts about California dining to whet your appetite:

-Thirty cities across California are hosting restaurant weeks this 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.
-More than 400 agricultural crops, attracting some of the greatest chefs who enjoy creating with the freshest ingredients.  
-Last year travelers in California spent $23.1 billion on food and beverages, more than for any other spending segment and constituting 26 percent of all visitor spending last year.

So join the culinary fun and DineOut: Santa Maria Style!