Heads up, local food lovers: The eighth annual KC Restaurant Week is less than a month away. Here are nine things you should know before you dive in to the 10-day event fork-first.
1. Restaurant Week starts with lunch service Jan. 13 and ends with dinner Jan. 22.
2. At least 176 Kansas City-area restaurants had signed up as of Dec. 13, and that number could rise before registration ends Dec. 31. Participating businesses range from casual spots such as Waldo Pizza and Port Fonda to fine dining establishments such as The Capital Grille, Novel, Lidia’s Kansas City and Story.
3. Participating restaurants will offer $15 multicourse lunches and $33 multicourse meals. Some menus are already posted at kcrestaurantweek.com; expect more as Jan. 13 approaches.
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4. Proceeds benefit local charities such as BoysGrow, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and Cultivate Kansas City. KC Restaurant Week has donated a total of $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations since it started in 2010.
5. Reservations are strongly recommended. Diners can reserve tables by using opentable.com or calling restaurants directly.
6. Not sure where you want to go? KC Restaurant Week’s website allows you to search for eateries by name, menu type, cuisine or location.
7. The event also has a newly redesigned mobile app that’s available to download for free on iOS and Android devices. The app, developed by Kansas City’s Propaganda3, allows users to browse menus, find nearby restaurants on a map and share photos of meals.
8. For the social set: KC Restaurant Week’s official hashtag is #KCRW2017.
9. Reservations at many restaurants fill up fast — particularly at high-end spots that don’t typically offer meals for $15 or $33. Book your table early (like, now) if you don’t want to be disappointed.