14th annual Discover Saratoga Restaurant Week set to begin
SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. >> Dining deals can be found throughout Saratoga County from Nov. 4 through 10 for Discover Saratoga’s 14th annual Restaurant Week.
More than 50 participating restaurants will serve up a variety of prix fixe menu options ranging from $20 and $30 threecourse dinners to $10 lunch specials.
Along with providing customers with discounts, “Restaurant Week celebrates the vital role our local restaurants and vendors play in contributing to Saratoga County’s cultural identity and regional economy,” said Darryl Leggieri, president of Discover Saratoga.
“We look forward to attracting new visitors to Saratoga in addition to catering to our loyal locals.”
Discover Saratoga’s Annual Restaurant Week is the perfect time to get out and try new restaurants in Saratoga County, a press release from the organization stated, encouraging diners to stay locally by utilizing special hotel rates for Restaurant Week-goers at participating hotels.
“It is very exciting to have so many of Saratoga’s favorite restaurants and newcomers on board,” Leggieri said in the release. “We are excited to be able to showcase their extraordinary menus to locals and visitors alike during Discover Saratoga’s Annual Restaurant Week.”
Restaurateurs like Pia Baldwin Field, who owns
More than 50 participating restaurants will serve up a variety of prix fixe menu options ranging from $20 and $30 three-course dinners to $10 lunch specials.
Chez Pierre in Wilton, see participating in Restaurant Week as beneficial.
“I participate in Restaurant Week for multiple reasons,” she said. “It introduces new customers to Chez Pierre that may not have tried us in the past. It also reminds people to visit Chez Pierre (since there are so many dining out options for the public to choose from), this event is well publicized and gets our name out to the public.”
The timing of Restaurant Week is also a plus, Baldwin Field added, since the first week of November is traditionally a slower time in this area for the restaurant industry.
For the upcoming Restaurant Week, Chez Pierre plans to offer a $30 prix fixe menu that will include an entree from the restaurant’s regular menu as well as a couple new entrees.
“This allows guests who dine with us frequently to also try a new entree at Chez Pierre,” Baldwin Field said, noting that the business will present live entertainment in the lounge on both Friday and Saturday of Restaurant Week.
Bob Lee, owner The Brook Tavern in Saratoga Springs and The Wishing Well Restaurant in Wilton also believes participating in Restaurant Week is a smart decision for business owners. “Restaurant
Week is a great opportunity to showcase your business to a new group of diners,” he said. “As much as it promotes business for the week, the real benefit is the advertising opportunity.”
Restaurants in southern Saratoga County enjoy being part of Restaurant Week too.
“As a staple for over 15 years in Clifton Park we have always tried to be involved as much as possible in the community with everything from fundraisers to special events,” said Daniel Capullo, general manager of Bellini’s Italian Eatery. “For us and many in Saratoga County, Restaurant Week is a special event.
“It allows everyone that frequents all the restaurants in the county the opportunity to try something that we may not always have on the menu as well as some of our traditional favorites.”
Immediately following Restaurant Week, Bellini’s will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
“As a special thank you for all the support over the years we are featuring our Chicken Parmesan for the first time ever on this menu. As our signature item we have never had it on the restaurant week and with our 60-year anniversary celebration the day after restaurant week we felt this was a great way to kick off a very special time for our company,” Capullo continued. “We look forward to this year’s restaurant week and the great things to come as we celebrate 60 years in the area.”
In conjunction with Restaurant Week, Discover Saratoga, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Druthers Brewing Company and Death Wish Coffee Company are teaming up once again for the 7th Annual Toys for Toga campaign.
From Nov. 4 through Dec. 10, members of the local community can donate new, unwrapped toys at participating locations.
All toys collected will be divided equally between three local charities: Franklin Community Center, CAPTAIN Community Human Services and Mechanicville Area Community Services Center.
“With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s so important to give back,” Leggieri said in the release. “We are honored to be part of Toys for Toga again this year, and we hope to see the local community participate in collecting toys for the children of Saratoga County.”
A list of drop-off locations is available online at http://bit.ly/toysfortoga.
More information about the Discover Saratoga’s 2019 Restaurant Week including menus, participating restaurants, special hotel rates and more is available online at www. discoversaratoga.org/restaurantweek or by calling (518) 584-1531.
Restaurant and hotel reservations are suggested.
Forno Bistro is one of the restaurants that will participate in Discover Saratoga’s 2019 Restaurant Week. It will also host a Pints 4 Toys event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 to support Toys For Toga.
Diners enjoy a meal during a previous Restaurant Week in Saratoga Springs.