Monday, July 12, 2010

KRLD Restaurant Week 2010 - August 16th Through August 30th at Select Dining Establishments

Several friends of mine don't celebrate Christmas in a major way. They would rather spend their money in August during KRLD Restaurant Week. The official duration is from August 16th through the 22nd, but many participating establishments are extending it through the 30th, and some even celebrate Preview Weekend starting August 13th. Here is a list of the current participants:

During this promotion, special three-course prix fixe menus are $35 a person, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Note that the list includes many high-end establishments, places where the entrees themselves often exceed $35. Also, should you attend the Preview Weekend at your favorite bistro, be advised that the price is $42, which includes a specialty cocktail.

Savvy diners know about the Central Market Fourth Course, available to those persons bearing a certificate obtained by spending $25 at any Central Market location. Also, really savvy persons reserve their tables through the Open Table system, where you build up points toward redeemable dining cheques. Here is their website:

Finally, many participating places offer 1000 Open Table dining points if you reserve your table during certain hours. Caution: You MUST reserve these tables using the special 1000 point dining link at Open Table. Otherwise, you will likely receive the usual 100 points.

This is a win-win situation for almost everyone. Charities benefit, diners benefit, and restaurants have full dining rooms during a traditionally slow month. The servers and staff may feel rushed by the increased business, but I'm happy to report that in most cases, I've received excellent service.

Reserve your tables now.