January can be a cold and cruel mistress to those who live in Kansas City. Temps drop below freezing at night, and you can bet your ice scraper that snow and ice will continue to hit hard this month. So, how does one survive the month of January, and not go stir crazy?
Two words, Kansas City. Restaurant. Week.
For the past six years, food-lovers across the metro have looked forward to Restaurant Week, which will kick off its 10-day run, January 16-25 this year. For the uninitiated, it basically marks the beginning of the culinary calendar in Kansas City.
"In its six short years, Kansas City Restaurant Week has grown to an annual tradition craved by Kansas Citians and visitors alike,” said Ronnie Burt, President & CEO of Visit KC.
“Through our collaboration with the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association--and by enjoying a record number of participants--Visit KC couldn't be more proud of the event's increasing success, “ said Burt.
There are a record-breaking 150 restaurants offering Restaurant Week menus this year, with multi-course lunches for $15 and dinners for $33, plus drinks, tax and tip. Restaurant Week is a great time to try a new place you fancy with little financial risk involved. Take a date to a fine-dining meal at bluestem, ’37 Steak, Affäre or Michael Smith Restaurant for a budget price, or check out some of KC’s newer restaurants like Char Bar, CocoBolos or Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. From top-drawer to casual eats to neighborhood favorites, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Restaurant Week.
But Kansas City’s Restaurant Week has never just been about eating out and great food at a great price. Ten percent of all proceeds from Restaurant Week meals sold will benefit five local organizations this year: Boys Grow, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Let’s look at the numbers. Over 133 restaurants participated in Restaurant Week in 2014, with over a quarter of a million dollars raised for local charities over the 10-day period last year. This year the founding organizations, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and VisitKC, expect the dollars to be even higher.
“It's important to remember that it's not just about eating well; it's also about giving back. In fact, since its inception, Restaurant Week has raised more than $600,000 for local causes, “ said Burt.
Here are two more words. Win. Win.
To learn more about Kansas City’s Restaurant Week and to see a list of restaurants that will be participating or make you reservations online go to: KCRestaurantWeek.com.