Denver Restaurant Week will feature the same tiered pricing structure as 2017; event to help celebrate Denver’s recent culinary honors
The 14th annual Denver Restaurant Week, presented by Lexus, will take place February 23 – March 4, 2018, maintaining the popular 10-day, two-weekend timeframe that began in 2015. Also staying is the three-tiered price point format that provided both diners and restaurants more choices in 2017; participating restaurants will select a $25, $35 or $45 price for their menu and create a multi-course dining experience.
More than 250 restaurants participated in 2017, making Denver Restaurant Week one of the largest and most popular restaurant weeks in the country. Registration for next year’s interested restaurants will begin in November 2017, and menus for diners will be posted on DenverRestaurantWeek.com in January 2018.
In 2017, the brand new, tiered pricing structure allowed Denver Restaurant Week to continue to focus on multi-course meals, great deals for diners and a well-rounded representation of Denver’s ever-changing, ever-expanding food scene. The $25 price point was the lowest-ever for Denver Restaurant Week, below the original $26.40 per person when the program offered a $52.80-for-two price point for its first nine years. Additionally, the slightly elevated $35 or $45 per person prices compelled several of the city’s finest chef owned restaurants to return or participate for the first time, allowing more representation for restaurants on both ends of the dining scale.
Much like Denver’s restaurant scene in general, Denver Restaurant Week has evolved over the past several years. Now, with the various pricing options, two full weekends and a full week, it has become true representation of the emerging hotspots, long-time favorites and everything in between throughout Denver’s diverse neighborhoods and across the entire metro area
“Denver is recognized both domestically and around the world for our innovative cuisine and chefs,” says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Denver Restaurant Week was originally designed as a celebration of the city’s culinary scene. Heading in to 2018, there has been profound growth in Denver in terms of new restaurants, thought leadership and accolades, and Denver Restaurant Week will once again highlight the city’s continually evolving and always creative food and beverage scene.”
More than 220 restaurants opened in Denver in 2016, and two Denver chefs were semifinalists for the prestigious 2017 James Beard Awards. Denver has seen explosive growth in dining options, with new collaborative local marketplaces, chef-driven restaurants, brew-houses and hyper-local fine dining springing up across the city’s neighborhoods; and renowned culinary guide, Zagat, named Denver the third “Hottest Food City” in late-2016. In July, The Mile High City hosted the first-ever U.S. Slow Food Nations, an offshoot of the renowned Terra Madre event in Turin Italy; and later this year Denver and Colorado will take the national stage as the host of Season 15 of renowned culinary show, “Top Chef.”
VISIT DENVER’s Denver Restaurant Week, presented by Lexus, would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors including: Lexus, Tundra Restaurant Supply, Chateau Souverain, Edna Valley Vineyard, Louis M. Martini Winery, Talbott Vineyards, William Hill Estate Winery, New Amsterdam Vodka, Johnson & Wales University, Open Table, Comcast, 5280 Magazine, Westword, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership Business Improvement District.