Ten Days Of Delicious Culinary Exploration

Two times per year, the Arizona Restaurant Association offers Valley chefs the opportunity to showcase their creative culinary chops — and diners to savor their tasty creations — during its annual Spring and Winter Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) events. The 10-day events offer three-course, prix-fixe menus (for $33 or $44 per person) to diners across the Valley and around the state and are a perfect opportunity to discover a new favorite dining spot or perhaps introduce friends to a tried-and-true eatery.

Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience. One of Arizona Restaurant Week’s goals is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities available as well as stimulate business and revenue for restaurants throughout the state.

“We are pleased to continue this dining tradition that has grown exponentially since we started 11 years ago,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “As Arizona’s culinary scene continues to evolve and become recognized on a national level, we could not be more pleased to help showcase these amazing restaurants and give local diners an opportunity to explore new culinary experiences.”

Restaurants participating in the 2018 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18–27) will appeal to a diverse range of palates, and include Barrio Queen – Scottsdale, Beckett’s Table, Blue Coyote Cantina, Bourbon and Bones, Capital Grille, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Famous 48, Fat Ox, Southern Rail, The Clever Koi, The Gladly, Wally’s American Gastropub, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, among many others.

Diners can view a complete list of restaurants participating in Spring Restaurant Week online at www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. Participating restaurant menus will be uploaded beginning May 1 and continually updated. And be sure to save the date for the 2018 Fall Restaurant Week, slated for September 21–30. Bon appétit!

 

Arizona Restaurant Week Celebrates Ten Years

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is celebrating a decade of delicious this year with its 10th annual ARW this Fall. What began as a yearly weeklong celebration has now grown into a bi-annual 10-day foodie extravaganza. The 2017 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off 10 days of dining, May 19-28, with more than 150 participating restaurants showcasing three-course, prix-fixe meals for $33 or $44 per person.

Tavern Americana

In addition to Spring ARW, the Arizona Restaurant Association will host Arizona Breakfast Weekend from July 27-30 and Fall ARW will be held September 15-24.

Here are 10 fun facts about 10 years of Arizona Restaurant Week:

  1. In 2008, ARW started with 93 participating restaurants in the Fall.
  2. In 2011, ARW expanded to spring and fall.
  3. Arizona is rapidly growing as one the top foodie destinations in the country.
  4. It is estimated that more than 3 million people have dined out during the past 10 years for ARW.
  5. The official website gets more than 1 million unique visits in the weeks leading up to a restaurant week.
  6. In 2017, more than 10 percent of employment in the state is provided by restaurant and foodservice jobs – Arizona leads the nation in job growth potential for this sector.
  7. Nearly 400 different restaurants have participated in ARW over the past 10 years.
  8. The average restaurant sees about a 20 percent increase in sales during ARW.
  9. On average, about 60 percent of participating restaurants opt for a $33 menu while about 40 percent choose to serve the $44 option.
  10. Ten restaurants have participated in every single year of Arizona Restaurant Week since 2008 are: Avanti, Cowboy Ciao, Deseo at the Westin Kierland, Don & Charlies, Firebirds, LON’s at the Hermosa Inn, Roka Akor, Roaring Fork, The Capital Grille (Scottsdale) and The Melting Pot (Scottsdale).

For a complete listing of participating restaurants, visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.

Discover Delectable Dining Around The Valley

Cuisine at Rusconi’s American Kitchen; Photo: Joanie Simon

Cuisine at Rusconi’s American Kitchen; Photo: Joanie Simon

Arizona Restaurant Association’s (ARA) Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is back for its ninth season September 16-25, and Valley diners may want to loosen their belts and get out their fashionable stretchy pants in preparation for 10 nights of epic cuisine.

ARA president and CEO Steve Chucri says, “ARW unites Valley diners around one of our most common bonds, food. Restaurants bring their A-game and diners are the direct beneficiary, it’s truly a win-win.”

During Fall ARW, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $33 or $44 per person. The carefully crafted menus offer food lovers their ultimate dining experiences.

Paul Martin’s Brick Chicken

Paul Martin’s Brick Chicken

Craft 64, Christopher’s and Crush Lounge, Different Pointe of View, District Kitchen & Wine Bar, Drexyl, Fuego Bistro, Liberty Market, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Ticoz Latin Kitchen and Vincent’s make up just a small sampling of participating restaurants around the Valley. For a complete list of restaurants, and a peek at their menus, visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week Returns In September

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Regular Favorites at Tonto include Red Chile Braised Buffalo Short Rib

By Kathryn Miller ~ Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is back for its ninth season September 16-25, and Valley diners may want to loosen their belts and get out their (fashionable, of course!) stretchy pants in preparation for 10 nights of epic cuisine.

During Fall ARW, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Restaurants bring their A-game to these carefully crafted menus, offering food lovers an ultimate dining experiences.

Café Bink

Café Bink

In Carefree, head over to Café Bink. The ARW menu will include Asparagus soup, Pasta primavera and Sticky Toffee Cake. For more information, call 480.488.9796 or visit www.binkleysrestaurantgroup.com.

Participating restaurants in Cave Creek include Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House and Tonto Bar & Grill. On the entrée menu at Cartwright’s: 8oz New York Strip, Ahi Tuna or Buffalo, Elk and Anasazi Bean Chili – and save room for Campfire s’mores. Tonto’s entrees include Root Beer Braised Short Ribs, Ancho Chili Rubbed Filet and Orange Barbequed Salmon. For more information on Cartwrights, visit www.cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com or call 480.488.8031. For information on Tonto Bar & Grill, visit www.tontobarandgrill.com or call 480.488.0698. Learn more about all of the participating restaurants at www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. |CST

Ten Days Of Dining Delights

Arizona Restaurant Association’s Spring Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) returns this month. During Spring ARW, more than 100 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu, allowing food lovers to experience the height of culinary talent of chefs statewide.SumFood

Spring Restaurant Week helps give restaurants a needed boost before the summer months – and it allows diners a chance to eat their way around town – a tasty “win-win.” Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience.

rest“Diners embrace our restaurant weeks and it’s so gratifying to see,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “From tacos, to pizza to fine dining and everything in betweedessertn, ARW is a special time of year.”

With more than $11 billion in projected revenue for Arizona eateries in 2016, one of Arizona Restaurant Week’s goals is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities available as well as stimulate business and revenue for restaurants throughout the state.

Newly opened restaurants Quill Creek Café at Grayhawk Golf Club, Drexyl and Inde Fusion are first time participants in ARW and they join long-time participating restaurants like Fogo de Chao, Liberty Market, Posh, White Chocolate Grill and many others already on the docket.

Presented by BMW North Scottsdale, the 10 nights of epic dining adventure will happen May 20-29. Arizona diners can find participating restaurants and their respective menus at www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.

The Most Edible Time Of The Year

AZRestaurantWeekArizona Restaurant Week is May 17-26

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Arizona restaurants are as diverse as those who call the state home – from classic Southwestern to classic international; from down-home comfort food to upscale food-truck fare to five-star cuisine. Restaurants across the state, and in the Valley in particular, are upping the taste ante and looking to position Arizona as a culinary destination.

The restaurant industry is also a key component of Arizona’s economic engine. In 2013, Arizona’s restaurants registered an estimated $10 billion in sales, and employed over 200,000 individuals – 10 percent of employment in the state. And if national figures are any indicator, 2014 will only see these numbers rise.

This month offers the perfect opportunity for residents to explore the local food scene from the front lines, as the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) hosts its Spring Restaurant Week. Now in its ninth season, the event runs from May 17-26 and will showcase participating restaurants’ best offerings, consisting of a three-course, pre-fixe menu for either $30or $40 per person. An anticipated 30,000-plus restaurant enthusiasts will join the state-wide tasting tour with more than 150 restaurants to choose from in just 10 short days. The event helps to introduce the state’s brightest and best talent – not to mention creative and delicious dishes – to throngs of foodie fans Valley-wide, as well as raise awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities that stimulate business and revenue throughout Arizona.

“The desire to make Arizona Restaurant Week bigger and better every year is really a labor of love for us,” says Steve Chucri, ARA president and CEO. “2014 marks the 75th anniversary for the ARA and we are thrilled to be a continued driving force for the restaurant industry in our state.”

Whether an opportunity to enjoy an evening out, the chance for a novice food-lover to expand his or her palate or the simple celebration of a chef’s craft, Arizona Restaurant Week truly offers something for everyone.

For more information on Arizona Restaurant Week, including participating restaurants and their menus, visit www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. |CST

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