Denver, CO - July 22, 2014 - Denver foodies, wet your appetites - the menus for the first Summer Denver Restaurant Week (DRW) will be live at noon MST on Wednesday, July 23 at DenverRestaurantWeek.com.
For the first time ever, Denver Restaurant Week will offer a summer version on August 23-29, 2014 with more than 200 Denver restaurants offering tantalizing, multi-course dinners for the fixed price of $30 (tax and tip not included).
"At the request of the participating restaurants, Denver Restaurant Week was expanded this year to offer a summer version, which will feature outdoor dining, fresh locally-sourced produce and seasonal menu items," said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, organizer of the event.
Menus are listed on the website by cuisine and by neighborhood. Diners can also see which restaurants offer vegetarian options. "Planning is an important part of restaurant week," Scharf said. "Certainly, 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.
Throughout this year's event, diners will also be encouraged to enter to win "The Pursuit of Perfection in the Kitchen" sweepstakes, presented by Lexus, which will award two lucky winners private cooking lessons 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 University, Uber, The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Westword, Comcast, Open Table, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership Business Improvement District.
Spend your summer finale in Denver! Take in the culture of the city with Chihuly at the Denver Botanic Gardens (through Nov. 30) or Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (through Aug. 24). Or, attend one of the many pro sporting events happening in the city during Denver Restaurant Week including the USA Pro Challenge finale (Aug. 26), Broncos vs. Texans (Aug. 23) or Rockies vs. Marlins (Aug 23, 24) - all leading up to a fun-filled Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 29-Sept. 1). Be sure to book a great hotel deal through VISITDENVER.com.