Huntsville Restaurant Week 2015 kicks off August 14 with 10 days of deals

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Ten tasty days of Huntsville/Madison County restaurant deals. That’s Huntsville Restaurant Week in a nutshell, and today the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) along with city and county officials unveiled all of the details for the fourth annual event. Taking place August 14-23, 2015, Huntsville Restaurant Week is the perfect time to discover local fare and revisit old favorites while enjoying discounted prices.

Over 50 local eateries are participating with special deals, making this the largest Huntsville Restaurant Week to date with the highest number of participating restaurants. Last year, the 2014 Huntsville Restaurant Week included 39 participating restaurants. Huntsville Restaurant Week is a part of the larger, statewide Alabama Restaurant Week which aims to promote the state of Alabama’s unique culinary offerings by encouraging locals and visitors to get out and try local offerings.

Lunch specials include fixed-price selections at $5, $10 or $15 featuring two courses. Dinner specials include selections at $10, $20 or $30 and feature three courses. Restaurants may choose to offer any combination of the above specials. New and exclusive to Huntsville Restaurant Week this year, a ‘Bonus Bites’ category has been added to include those establishments that don’t offer a traditional lunch or dinner but do offer breakfast, desserts, appetizers or small bites exclusively.  For a list of participating restaurants and their specials, click here or visit AlabamaRestaurantWeek.com.

Judy Ryals, President/CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, encouraged residents and visitors alike to discover local dining offerings during Huntsville Restaurant Week.

“Exceptional, local and unique dining experiences is one of the top reasons people travel,” Ryals said. “And we already know the great economic impact travel has on Madison County – bringing in over $1.08 billion to our community in 2014 alone. In Huntsville and Madison County, we have immense dining options from which to choose. From USA Today’s proclaimed ‘Best Southern Fine Dining’ at Cotton Row to the best of the best barbecue, we’ve got great selections for every palate.”

The Huntsville/Madison County CVB has launched a Huntsville Restaurant Week campaign to reach locals, in-market and out-of-market visitors. The campaign includes radio advertising in Nashville, regional social media advertising, in-market billboards and print advertising in local and statewide publications.

“It’s always a great time to visit Huntsville and Madison County,” Ryals explained. “However, planning a trip to the Rocket City during Huntsville Restaurant Week – 10 days of deals at some of the best restaurants in the South – is the best of the best, and that’s the focus of our campaign.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle encouraged the public to take advantage of Huntsville Restaurant Week, recognizing Huntsville’s complimentary emerging craft beer scene.

“Huntsville witnessed an explosion of breweries in just the past few years,” Battle said. “It’s fitting that we’re kicking off Restaurant Week this year at Below the Radar, one of our city’s eight, and soon to be nine, in-house breweries.  We’ve always had a hunger for great food here in Huntsville, one that’s manifested itself in our vibrant restaurant scene. As the craft beer capitol of Alabama, we have a new demand for food that can be washed down with one of these great handcrafted beers. Restaurants like Below the Radar have risen to this challenge with their fresh approach to bar food.”

The City of Madison has five restaurants participating in Huntsville Restaurant Week this year –  Cork & Crust, LawLers Barbecue, Sady’s Bistro, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café and the Whistle Stop Sweet Shop.

“Madison is proud to have restaurants participating again this year,” Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said.  “This is a perfect opportunity to promote our locally owned and operated restaurants, as well as for our citizens to try something new.  Thanks to our Convention and Visitors Bureau for putting together this great event!”

Several new events and online activities were announced as part of Huntsville Restaurant Week 2015 including:

9 Official Huntsville Restaurant Week Events

The Huntsville/Madison County CVB has partnered with local organizations and restaurants on the following official Huntsville Restaurant Week events.

July 30 – Homegrown Huntsville’s Beerhop

August 1 & 8 – Downtown Dish Food Tour

August 10 – 14 – Free BBQ Samples at the Visitor Center

August 10 – Rocket Chef Culinary Competition –2015 Huntsville Restaurant Week Kick-Off

August 12 – Homegrown Huntsville’s Dine & Dash

August 13 – U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Biergarten

August 16 – Nick’s Ristorante’s Whiskey Tasting & Lunch

August 21 – Downtown Huntsville Inc.’s Street Food Gathering

August 22 – Tour de France, Y’all (Church Street Wine Shoppe, The Eaves and Shea’s Express)

Rocket City Food Bloggers Tour

August 7-9

Hildegard’s Biergarten, LawLers BBQ and Grille 29

 Five of Huntsville’s most popular food bloggers will join forces with Clint Cantwell of Memphis’ Grillocracy and Phillip Fryman of Nashville’s SouthernFatty to come together for a lunch tour of three participating Restaurant Week establishments. On Friday, the food blogger crew will meet at LawLers Barbecue on Hughes Road. On Saturday, the group will convene at Hildegard’s Biergarten. The Rocket City Food Bloggers Tour will wrap up at Grille 29 on Sunday.  All food tour stops will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. August 7-9.

Participating bloggers for the Rocket City Food Blogger Tour include:

Christy Jordan: Southern Plate

Constance Smith: Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Sarah Belanger: The Jealous Crumpet

Stephenie Walker: RocketCityMom

Katie Wright: Katie Actually, iHeartHsv.com

#DineHsv and WIN!

August 14-23

 The Huntsville/Madison County CVB will be hosting 10 days of giveaways. Simply tweet or post to social media using the official Restaurant Week hashtag #DineHsv and tell your favorite part of Huntsville Restaurant Week, what dish you most want to try, etc. One winner will be chosen each day of Restaurant Week to win a gift certificate to participating restaurants.