USA Today Readers’ Choice editors have confirmed that Winters ranked 4th in the nation in their Best Small Town Food Scene contest. Winters was only two of California’s small towns nominated in the national contest. Winters is quickly making itself known in the food and wine scene, which strives to highlight its deep agricultural roots. This is a great win and honor for the little rural city in Yolo County, and a tribute to the culinary masterminds behind their local farm-to-fork menus. USA Today’s contest determining the top 10 winners was determined by popular online votes.
To qualify for the contest, towns and cities each had populations below 25,000 and boast a variety of options–not just one standout eatery.
Winters beat a Northern California neighbor on the list: culinary powerhouse Yountville, home to multiple restaurants decorated with Michelin Stars like The French Laundry, where the bill is over $300 per person.
A panel of experts selected 20 nominees for the contest. Marla Cimini, Beth D’Addono, Deborah Fallows, Eric Grossman, Ana Hider, Garrish Lopez and Chelle Koster Walton picked cities for the top ten list using their extensive travel and culture experience.
Deborah Fallows is a coauthor of “Our Towns,” along with her husband, James Fallows, which highlights small towns across the United States and features Winters.
USA Today highlights the Buckhorn Steakhouse, Putah Creek Cafe, Ficelle, Preserve Public House and Turkovich Family Wines.
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