Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is quickly approaching. This year it’s from August 13-19, with a Kickoff Party on August 9 at the fancy schmancy Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel downtown. Tell your taste buds to thank us later, because we’ve snabbed a pair of tickets for the soireee to give away to one lucky reader. The party will be held from 6PM to 8PM in the lobby of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. The cocktail party-style event will include festive summer cocktails, free samplings from PRW-participating downtown restaurants and charity raffles. The event is limited to 300 attendees. Tickets are $50 per person, unless of course, you win our giveaway!
According to our source, the event director of PRW, “Party-goers will experience a casual, entertaining “foodie” atmosphere while gaining a preview of PRW tastings circulated by participating restaurants, being provided the opportunity to make restaurant week reservations, enjoying cash bar drink specials, browsing sample restaurant week menus and learning about community partners who have helped to revive restaurant week in Pittsburgh.”
Summer 2012 will focus on highlighting Pittsburgh food and restaurants through fine dining, fresh harvests and outdoor seating with week-long dining deals across the region. They’ll also be hosting a food blogger dinner and various community events throughout the week. In order to get the most out of your experience, they’ve provided some tips for getting the most out of PRW:
Make reservations early. Any of the most popular restaurants get booked up. If making a reservation by phone, be sure to mention Pittsburgh Restaurant Week when booking.
Read menus and reviews of participating restaurants. Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience the diverse restaurants available in Pittsburgh. Some restaurants offer pre-fixed menus as their restaurant week special, others offer a flat discount.
Be aware that not all restaurants participating in Pittsburgh Restaurant Week offer the promotional menu at lunch AND dinner. When you make your reservation, you should confirm with the restaurant that they are participating in Restaurant Week. Some restaurants may have seats set aside for diners participating in the celebration.
For a full list of participating restaurants and more information on PRW, visit their website. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and tell us your must-hit restaurant for this year’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! We will select a winner at random from the pool of entries. Please make sure to leave your e-mail address so we can notify the winner. We’ll pick someone this Monday, August 6. Good luck!