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Governor Hickenlooper Helps Kick off FIRST Summer Denver Restaurant Week

Denver, CO – August 22, 2014 – Former restaurateur and current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (center) joined a dozen chefs at a special Summer Denver Restaurant Week Lexus Launch Party to kick off The Mile High City’s largest culinary event – Denver Restaurant Week (DRW).  The seven day celebration of food runs August 23-29, 2014, with 208 restaurants offering tasty, multi-course dinners for the fixed price of $30 (tax and tip not included). 

This is the first summer version of the event, which now offers outdoor dining and a variety of fresh, locally-sourced produce and seasonal items.

Menus are listed at http://www.denverrestaurantweek.com by cuisine and by neighborhood. Diners can also see which restaurants offer vegetarian options.

“Planning is an important part of restaurant week,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, which organizes the event. “Some restaurants will fill up early at prime dining times, but there are many off-peak dining times that remain available, and of course, we encourage diners to experiment and try new restaurants.” The list of restaurants and menus will be frequently updated, so diners should check the website often.  

WIN A PERSONAL COOKING LESSON WITH TOP CHEFS!

New this year is the  “The Pursuit of Perfection in the Kitchen” sweepstakes, presented by Lexus, which will award two lucky winners a private cooking lesson with top Denver chefs, Andrea Frizzi of Il Posto or Elise Wiggins from Panzano. Information on entering the contest can be found at Facebook.com/VisitDenver. The contest will run through the end of Denver Restaurant Week.

Denver Restaurant Week, presented by Lexus, would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors including: Lexus, Alamos Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, Mirassou Winery, Louis M. Martini Winery, William Hill Estate Winery, US Foods, Frontier Airlines, Johnson & Wales, Uber, Colorado Proud, The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Westword, Comcast, Open Table, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership Business Improvement District.

Diners might also want to make a night of it by staying over after dinner at one of the city’s 44,000 hotel rooms. For great hotel packages, go to: VISITDENVER.com.  

Photo:   Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (center) joined a selection of chefs from Denver Restaurant Week at the Denver Restaurant Week Lexus Launch Party, staged at the Cable Center on August 20, 2014.  Photo credit:  Steve Peterson / Creationize.com

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About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 14 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2013, generating $4 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs, making Tourism the second largest industry in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Follow Denver’s social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/iknowdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.

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