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Restaurant Week Dayton Ohio: February 1-6, 2009

What is Restaurant Week?
For four years running, for one week only, a select group of Dayton Ohio restaurants feature a fixed menu for $20.09 (for 2009 – get it?).  The opportunity gives foodies a chance to experience different restaurants, taste new menu items, and benefit charity.   With a RECORD 56 Restaurants participating this winter, there are plenty of choices!

A record setting 12,051 people dined out during Summer Restaurant Week 2008! With 42 participating restaurants, and over $240,000 generated in meals, $20.08 at a time, the impact of this semi-annual pre-fixed meal deal is felt within the Dayton Ohio community — giving a much needed boost in the arm for restaurants, doing their best to stay healthy and strong through these hard economic times.  The event is sponsored by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. 

Eat, Dink & Be Caring.  Charities benefit as $1 from each meal is donated by the participating restaurants.  This Winter Restaurant Week charities are SICSA and Hannah’s Treasure Closet

Preview Party
To kick off the event, a Restaurant Week Preview Party was held last week at White Allen European Auto Dealership on January 21, 2009. 

My husband, Jim, and I took two friends and had a very nice time.  The guys had fun looking at the sports cars in the showroom and my friend Bonnie and I got a chance to catch up on the latest news in between tasty samples of everything from seafood sausage (yes, you heard me right) from a French-trained restaurant in a strip mall in Centerville to prime rib from Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine at The Greene open lifestyle center.

The semi-annual kick-off event featured 10 restaurants previewing their Winter Restaurant Week Menus.  It was a fabulous night for food, drink, music, and we all met a few new furry friends as well — SICSA mingled with dogs from their shelter that are available for adoption.   Check out photos at Dayton Daily New’s Taste Blog with photos by Mark Fisher.

Do other cities have Restaurant Week?  Please let us know how you like them, if you do.

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