FAQ: DFW Restaurant Week
Q: Is DFW Restaurant Week the same event as KRLD Restaurant Week?
A: Yes! We’re back for the 16th year since our founding by NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, but with a new name to better capture the stellar lineup of Metroplex-wide restaurants that participate in this popular food and wine event.
Q: When does DFW Restaurant Week start?
A: DFW Restaurant Week presented by Central Market starts Aug. 12-18, 2013, but many restaurants will participate in Preview weekend sponsored by GuideLive, Aug 9-11, or extend participation extend through Aug. 25 or Sept. 1 — offering diners plenty of opportunities to dine out at a deal and give back to charity! Participating restaurants and other details will be posted to DFWRestaurantWeek.com starting on Reservation Day, July 15!
Q: Which restaurants are participating?
A: More than 125 of DFW’s hottest restaurants will be participating, so check out DFWRestaurantWeek.com for the full list, beginning on Reservation Day!
Q: How much does it cost to dine during DFW Restaurant Week? How does the new two-tiered dinner pricing work?
A: There are lots of tasty options! Restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for either $35 or $45, with many offering lunch for $25 (tax and gratuity are separate.) Restaurants will be categorized by dinner pricing on DFWRestaurantWeek.com (Starting Reservation Day, July 15) so that diners can easily make selections. While many restaurants will offer dinner for $35, the new $45 dinner option provides a way for us to continue to feature the finest restaurants, and for chefs to feature specially priced menus that are representative of their restaurants’ established high-end cuisine, at a time when food costs are at a premium.
Q: How do the charities benefit?
A: Restaurants donate twenty (20) percent of every DFW Restaurant Week meal purchased to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. That’s $5 for every lunch, $7 for every $35 dinner, and $9 for every $45 dinner. The event has raised millions of dollars for the charities since its founding, raising a record $760,000+ last year alone – a 9 percent increase in charity contributions compared to the previous year.
Q: When will restaurants officially begin accepting DFW Restaurant Week reservations?
A: Monday, July 15 is the official “Reservation Day” kick-off date. That’s when the full list of 2013 participating restaurants will be revealed at DFWRestaurantWeek.com and diners can begin making reservations online or by contacting restaurants directly.
Q: Do you need to make a *reservation for DFW Restaurant Week?
A: Yes. Either call the restaurant directly and ask for a DFW Restaurant Week reservation, or make one online at DFWRestaurantWeek.com (just follow the link to OpenTable). Spots book quickly so don’t delay!
*Some restaurants may elect to take reservations by phone only.
Q: Any tips for getting a reservation?
A: Be flexible. Choosing to dine out on a weeknight vs. weekend may enable you to book a prime time slot. Off-peak evenings like Monday – Wednesday are often less in demand. Don’t forget, many establishments will also extend their participation by one or even two full weeks, offering additional availability and seating options.
Be persistent. Try following up with restaurants throughout the course of the event to snatch up any cancelled reservations. Most restaurants will attempt to alert diners of availability.
Be creative. For example, book multiple reservations and embark on a taste adventure. Try a new spot each night and discover the many flavors available in DFW’s upscale dining scene.
Q: Is there a way to keep tabs on those places that still have DFW Restaurant Week seating available?
A: Call the restaurant directly, and be sure to follow DFW Restaurant Week on social media — Facebook or Twitter (@DFWRW). Doing this means you’ll receive all of this year’s tasty morsels and updates, often including availability updates from participating restaurants.
Q: What if I am unable to make my reservation?
A: Please be courteous and cancel your reservation in advance if you are unable to go — giving someone else the opportunity to take your spot. Be sure to follow each restaurant’s specific cancellation policy. No- showing a reservation hurts both the restaurant and our supported charity partners!
Q: Will there be a Preview weekend again this year?
A: Yes. Back by popular demand select spots will choose to offer “Preview” sponsored by GuideLive — August 9-11 – enabling diners to get a first taste of their restaurant’s special DFW Restaurant Week menu. Cost remains the same and a portion (20 percent) goes back to either the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope Home.
CADILLAC LUNCH EXPERIENCE
Q: Is there a lunch option for DFW Restaurant Week?
A: Back for a second year, diners can once again satisfy their mid-day appetites by taking advantage of the Cadillac Lunch Experience brought to you by Oak Farms Dairy. Impress business clients, colleagues or friends this August with a tasty lunch that also gives back. Spotlighting some of DFW’s hottest lunch spots, a select number of establishments will offer the special three-course lunches, priced at $25 a person (with 20 percent going back to charity) throughout their participation in DFW Restaurant Week.
Q: Will the menus be the same as what is offered at dinner?
A: Not necessarily. Restaurants will choose to offer any three courses (i.e. appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert, etc.), and the menu may be completely different from dinner to showcase the restaurant’s lunch features.
WINE PAIRINGS & SPECIALTY COCKTAILS
Q: Will restaurants offer wine pairings?
A: Restaurants are encouraged to offer wine selections or pairings and many are really outstanding, competing for an award from the DFW chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) for the best DFW Restaurant Week pairing! Please note that alcohol is an extra charge not included in the special prix fixe dinner price. A price list for accompanying wine pairings will be made available by each establishment.
Q: Is there still a specialty cocktail associated with DFW Restaurant Week?
A: Yes, and now it’s no longer limited to Preview weekend. Many DFW Restaurant Week participants feature fantastic bars in addition to great tasting cuisine. Some will showcase their mixology magic with a special cocktail that will be offered throughout their DFW Restaurant Week.
CENTRAL MARKET FOURTH COURSE & SHELF TALKERS
Q: What is the Central Market Fourth Course promo I keep hearing about?
A: Many restaurants participating in DFW Restaurant Week also create an additional “Fourth Course” menu item of the chef’s choosing that complements his/her prix fixe selections. This course is free if the diner presents a Central Market Fourth Course certificate, and is valid for dinner service only.
Q: Where can I pick-up a Central Market Fourth Course certificate, and is it valid for the duration of DFW Restaurant Week?
A: Each Central Market Fourth Course certificate entitles the bearer to a free fourth course (one certificate per diner required) and can be redeemed during any of the three weeks that a participating establishment is celebrating DFW Restaurant Week.
Certificates are only available at the five DFW area Central Market locations (Dallas – Lovers, Dallas – Preston Royal, Fort Worth, Plano, and Southlake) from July 15 to Sept. 1, or while supplies last (once they’re gone, they’re gone), with a purchase of $25 or more. Present your qualifying receipt at the Info Desk to receive your certificate.
*Reservation Day Deal: Monday, July 15 is your chance to receive two for one. Make a qualifying purchase of $25 or more and receive (2) Central Market Fourth Course certificates instead of only one.
Q: What kind of dish do participating restaurants typically select for their Fourth Course option?
A: The choice varies by restaurant, but most offer an appetizer or side dish feature. Please remember, each diner must present his/her own Fourth Course certificate in order to redeem this additional course.
Q: What are these Central Market Chef Shelf Talkers that I have seen in-store?
A: Ever wondered what products your favorite DFW Restaurant Week chefs love to use in the kitchen? New this year, several chefs are showcasing their preferred products that foodies can find at their local Central Market stores. These items are marked with a shelf talker explaining how the chef incorporates the product/ingredient along with a reminder to dine out during DFW Restaurant Week!