Kumquats at Santa Monica Restaurant Week

Try Kumquat Dishes at Santa Monica Restaurant Week

Kumquats. A humble, grape-sized citrus. Easily forgotten. Yet this Mediterranean climate fruit has a multifaceted flavor palate with a sweet peel and tart fruit. A myriad of health benefits accompany the taste, including Vitamin C and E, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, fiber, and more. And while the nutrition is a reason to include kumquats in some of your favorite dishes, the zippy taste brightens up a variety of menu items, at home or when going out to eat. These are some of the reasons why Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) has chosen the kumquat to be the 2020 custom ingredient for Santa Monica Restaurant Week 2020 held from January 6-12.

“As a long-time resident of the beach city, Santa Monica Restaurant Week is one of my favorite times to enjoy our restaurant scene with friends and family, and I hope many of my neighbors do the same this year,” said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of SMTT.

Throughout the week-long celebration of all things kumquat, chefs from 37 Santa Monica area restaurants will be featuring unique menu items that include this seasonal fruit. Delicious culinary creations include appetizers, salads, vegetarian and non-vegetarian items, drinks, and desserts. Plan your culinary tour and taste with friends.

Kumquat on the Menu

Some dishes we’re looking forward to include the following. Charred Carrot Salad at FIG Restaurant. Kumquat and Fennel Salad at Èlephante. Scoops Ice Cream & Treats’ Kumquat Caramel Date Ice Cream. The Spiced Turnips and Poached Kumquats at Fia. Kumquat Upside Down Cake at The Lobster. Pumpkin Toast with Burrata, Kumquats, and Pumpkin Seed Crumble at Little Prince.  Pear & Kumquat Salad at Massilia. Kumquat Marmalade Flat Bread at Rosti Tuscan Kitchen. Baby Greens and Shaved Fennel Salad at Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Winter Kumquat Salad at Tiato. Curried Spiced Butternut Squash at Upper West, and many more.

Social Media Contest for Santa Monica Restaurant Week 2020

Participate in the social media contest and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card to dine in the beachside community by sharing Santa Monica Restaurant Week photos on social with the hashtag #SMRestaurantWeek.

Learn more and check out the list of participating restaurants and menu items: www.santamonica.com/restaurantweek.