Denver Restaurant Week (DRW) formerly known as 5280 Week is back again but with some BIG changes. No longer are the meals $52.80 per couple, the price this year will be $30 per person and instead of two weeks in a row of over-indulgence of the culinary variety, Restaurant week has been split into two weeks of wonderful foodie adventures. VisitDenver.com says… it’s the event every food lover in Colorado dreams about. Diners enjoy fabulous culinary treats for the ridiculously low price of just $60 for two people. Hundreds of restaurants participate each year, both new and well established bistros are part of the food adventure. Diners are served special full course meals designed by the chefs at each restaurant with some of the options even including a glass of wine or $60 for four people. Denver Restaurant Week 2014 will consist of two separate, seven-day events. The Dates are…… Drum Roll Please!
2014 Denver Restaurant Week Dates are:
Denver Restaurant Week One – February 22-28, 2014
Restaurants & Menus are revealed
Denver Restaurant Week Two – August 23-29, 2014.
The Menus for Denvers 5280 Denver Restaurant week 2013 are here to give you an example of what the 2014 DRW will be like.
What’s the deal with Denver and 5280? Denver is the MILE HIGH CITY which makes us 5280 feet above sea level (exactly one mile). There is a spot right on the steps of the capital that marks it exactly and is a favorite photo op for natives and tourists alike.
Set your calendars now for the best Denver Foodie Adventure of the YEAR!
Denver Restaurant Week is organized by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, to showcase the many fine dining options in and around The Mile High City. During DRW 2014, diners will be treated to a multi-course meal for the low price of $60 for two or $30 for one (not including tax and tip). Registration for restaurants will begin in November 2013, and participating restaurants and menus will be posted here in early 2013. Denver Restaurant Week was a huge success in 2012, setting a new record of 339 participating restaurants – the most restaurants to participate in any restaurant week in the nation, according to VISIT DENVER. Based on surveys, a record 404,400 meals were served during DRW 2012, up 12 percent over the 360,480 total meals served in 2011. Source: Visit Denver You can catch a glimpse of some of the yumminess from the past years photos and menu selections by exploring the links below.
- Denver Restaurant Week 2014 – Two times
- Denver Restaurant Week 2013
- Denver Restaurant Week Top 30 Restaurants 2012
- Denver Restaurant Week 5280 Restaurants and Menus Revealed
- 5280 Week Bigger than Ever!
The official press release regarding Denver Restaurant Week is here:
For its 10th anniversary in 2014, VISIT DENVER’s Denver Restaurant Week (DRW)will be twice as exciting with both a winter and summer version. The traditional winter DRW will be held from Feb. 22-28, 2014, and next year the popular dining event will be supplemented with another full week of summer dining specials from Aug. 23-29, 2014. Both 2014 Denver Restaurant Weeks will be presented by Lexus. Another change will be a slight price increase (the first in nine years), with the price for a multi-course dinner during DRW rising from $52.80 for two to a new $30 per person in 2014.
“A summer version of the event offers restaurants a lot of interesting serving and meal options,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, which created and organizes DRW. “Restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining and feature fresh Colorado produce. We anticipate that summer menus will be very different than the winter ones, and they will be able to showcase the farm-to-fork movement that is so popular in the state,” Scharf said.
Each of the Denver Restaurant Weeks in 2014 will be seven days, returning to the format DRW launched in 2005, and a departure from recent years where DRW has been 14 days in one stretch. “We’ve discovered that 14 continuous days of business is just too much of a strain, both for chefs and wait staffs,” Scharf said. He said that restaurants felt that it was more difficult to maintain the quality of the dining experience for that length of time, considering the volume of people who dine out during DRW. In 2013, a record 355 participating restaurants served 436,650 meals. Scharf noted that 14 days seemed to result in “diner burnout” as well, with the number of reservations decreasing in the second week, while the number of “no shows” greatly increased. “Apparently people’s eyes are bigger than their stomachs, and as we got into the second week, the participating restaurants saw a lot of people either cancel their reservations or simply not show up,” Scharf said. With the new system, Scharf said, restaurants will be able to maintain a high quality of ingredients and service, and offer two completely different dining experiences. “With our great weather, Denver has an unusually high number of outdoor patios and cafes, and we will be able to showcase that aspect of dining out in Denver with a summer version of DRW,” Scharf said. “The winter version will offer diners the same experience they’ve come to rely on during a time frame that is traditionally slow for restaurants, post-holiday and post-Valentine’s Day.” Picking dates for the summer DRW was challenging. “We don’t want to have DRW during a major convention or event, so the challenge was to find a week that was good for the restaurants to offer specials, and one in which Denver residents would be likely to participate,” Scharf said. The selected dates will be after many schools open in Metro Denver, but before Labor Day weekend.
Scharf said the slight price increase was necessary to maintain quality of menu selections. “We’ve held the same price for nine years, and while it’s hard to lose the fun of the $52.80 price point, it was necessary for the restaurants. The new price will allow chefs to get creative again and offer dishes and portions that better represent their normal fare,” Scharf said.
Restaurants whose average check was at or below the old price point, can get creative with beer and wine pairings and added specials. Denver Restaurant Week is not possible without the generous support of sponsors including: Lexus, Alamos Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, Mirassou Winery, Louis M. Martini Winery, William Hill Winery, US Foods, Frontier Airlines, Johnson & Wales University, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership Business Improvement District. Source: Visit Denver Be sure to subscribe to the feed or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know when the menus are posted for the 2013 Denver Restaurant Week at 5280 a Mile High in Denver Metro.