DIN­ING DEALS

14th an­nual Dis­cover Saratoga Restau­rant Week set to be­gin

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com reporter

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.

LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN - ME­DI­ANEWS GROUP FILE

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.

SARATOGIAN FILE PHOTO

Din­ers en­joy a meal dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Restau­rant Week in Saratoga Springs.

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