Fifth Year of Regional Culinary Promotion Scheduled for March 14-27 Newburgh, N.Y. - World-class dining at bargain prices awaits restaurant goers in the Hudson Valley region during the fifth annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 14-27, 2011. This enormously popular multi-county culinary extravaganza runs 14 full days, making it even more tantalizing to those looking to combine gourmet dining in the Hudson Valley with a relaxing weekend getaway. During the two-week event, participating restaurants offer prix-fixe three-course dinners at $28 (excluding beverage, tax and tip) and many offer three-course lunches at $20. A number of participating chefs highlight the bounty of the region by using the finest locally-produced ingredients on their Restaurant Week menus. "The region has exploded in popularity as a dining destination. Many chefs showcase Hudson Valley farm products -- from venison, duck and heritage pork to artisanal cheeses," says Janet Crawshaw, Restaurant Week organizer and publisher of The Valley Table magazine. Restaurant Week 2010 drew more than 200,000 diners to 141 restaurants in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Greene counties. Many restaurants reported a 30-50 percent increase in business during the 14-day event, some as much as 300 percent. Because of the event's growing popularity, the number of participating restaurants is expected to grow in 2011, providing an even greater range of types of cuisines. Peter Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group in Congers and Yonkers, notes, "Restaurant Week creates what every restaurant wants: people talking about your restaurant-around the table, in the grocery line-because that's what really brings in business." Restaurateurs are not the only ones excited about Restaurant Week. One enthusiastic patron commented about the 2010 event: "My husband and I have had wonderful dinners at 10 different restaurants and repeated one (wish there was more time-we would repeat others)." Another adds: "We enjoyed it so much we went back for a second visit during Restaurant Week and brought friends. Great concept to introduce new restaurants." Businesses interested in becoming sponsors, or restaurateurs wanting to sign up to participate in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, may contact The Valley Table at 845-561-2022, or go online to http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/ where a growing list of participating restaurants and hotels can also be found.
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