Denver, CO - August 20, 2014 - The Mile High City's largest culinary event - Denver Restaurant Week (DRW) - will kick off on Saturday August 23, 2014, offering seven days of dining delight at more than 200 restaurants. During DRW, which runs August 23-29, participating restaurants will offer tantalizing, multi-course dinners for the fixed price of $30 (tax and tip not included).

This is the first summer version of the event. "Summer restaurant week offers many new features, including the ability to have outdoor dining and a variety of fresh, locally-sourced produce and seasonal items on the menu," said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, organizer of the event.

Menus are listed at www.denverrestaurantweek.com by cuisine and by neighborhood. Diners can also see which restaurants offer vegetarian options. "Planning is an important part of restaurant week," Scharf said. "Some restaurants will fill up early at prime dining times, but there are many off-peak dining times that remain available, and of course, we encourage diners to experiment and try new restaurants." The list of restaurants and menus will be frequently updated, so diners should check the website often.

Many of the participating restaurants offer expanded outdoor seating, which will make it even easier to get reservations this year. Still, Scharf encouraged diners to get on the website and make reservations early. "And please honor your reservations," he said. "One of the most frustrating things about the event is when people make a reservation, and don't show up, denying other diners that time slot. Don't be a no-show! Please notify the restaurant if your plans change so they can fill that table," Scharf said.

Restaurants participating for the first time in DRW in summer 2014 are:
Ambli Gourmet Eatery
Argyll Whisky Beer
Happy Sumo at the Orchard Town Center
Isushi
La Cour Bistro and Art Bar
Lower48 Kitchen
Luca d'Italia
Morton's The Steakhouse
P17
range
Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen
The Nickel
Viewhouse - Centennial
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Also new this year is the "The Pursuit of Perfection in the Kitchen" sweepstakes, presented by Lexus, which will award two lucky winners a private cooking lesson with top Denver chefs, Andrea Frizzi of Il Posto or Elise Wiggins from Panzano. Information on entering the contest can be found at Facebook.com/VisitDenver. The contest will run through the end of Denver Restaurant Week.

Denver Restaurant Week, presented by Lexus, would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors including: Lexus, Alamos Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, Mirassou Winery, Louis M. Martini Winery, William Hill Estate Winery, US Foods, Frontier Airlines, Johnsons & Wales, Uber, Colorado Proud, The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Westword, Comcast, Open Table, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership Business Improvement District.

Diners might also want to make a night of it by staying over after dinner at one of the city's 44,000 hotel rooms. For great hotel packages, go to: VISITDENVER.com.