Denver foodies, start your appetites. The menus for the first Summer Denver Restaurant Week will be listed live at noon today at www.DenverRestaurantWeek.com.
For the first time, Denver Restaurant Week will offer a summer version on Aug. 23 through 29 with more than 200 Denver restaurants offering 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 and 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.”
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, sponsors include: 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.