For eight days - from Sunday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 27 - San Diego foodies can feast their eyes and their mouths on delectable dishes from over 180 participating restaurants.
Presented by your San Diego County Lexus Dealer, the 11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week will "CELEBRATE LOCAL" by featuring products from local distributors, farmers, vintners, brewers and fishermen.
"Sourcing local produce and meats gives fresher, more nutritious and flavorful dishes," said Brent Hersant, executive chef at GARAGE Kitchen + Bar. "The closer the farm, the longer the produce is allowed to ripen naturally on the vine, without gasses and other factory-farming methods used after shipping that reduce the flavor and nutritional value."
Eating local products also allows for more seasonal dishes. It also helps to keep money spent by patrons of these 180 participating restaurants in the community.
"Access to the freshest, local and seasonal ingredients is the cornerstone of our culinary philosophy here at Herringbone," said Chef Jordan Davis of Herringbone La Jolla. "Without it, we have nothing. We work with local purveyors not only because we want to serve our guests the freshest, best seafood, but also because it's the right thing to do - for the environment and for our local economy."
Using local products also benefits the environment by minimizing the amount of energy and potential pollution associated with transporting goods from other areas, said Chef Chad White of Comun Kitchen and Tavern.
Incorporating local products into dishes also creates a sense of community. It allows patrons the opportunity to feel confident in the food they're eating when they know exactly where it has originated.
To launch the Celebrate Local theme, San Diego Restaurant Week will host an exclusive Launch Party featuring premier food and beverages from local neighborhoods Saturday, Sept. 12, at Go Green Agriculture at 495 Saxony Road in Encinitis.
Guests also will have the chance to Give Local as SDRW and Sysco join forces with the Food for Kids Campaign to provide food to kids who go hungry throughout the year. To participate, guests simply have to post a photo of their meal while dining, tag the participating restaurant and use the hashtag #Food4Kids, and Sysco will donate $1 for every post during the event.
From Sept. 20-27, guests can ditch the dirty dishes and join over 150,000 fellow diners in celebration of San Diego's thriving culinary scene and the homegrown, local businesses that provide us with the produce and products we love with SDRW.
Dinner will be served as a three-course, prix-fixe menu for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person. Lunch will be served as a two-course prix-fixe menu for only $10, $15 or $20 per person. Tickets are not required for this delectable week of discounted dining, but reservations are recommended.
Visit SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com for more information, including a list of participating restaurants, or to make your reservations in advance.
To make San Diego dining easier all year round, San Diego Restaurant Week also has launched a new website. The new site has added more extensive search features, a recipes section with local restaurant contributors, a special offers area and even a place where you can log your favorite to help navigate through the variety of options available.