Maine foodies may want to start working up their appetites because the infamous Maine Restaurant Week is right around the corner. The annual food celebration returns on March 1st, running through March 12th and is packed with events and specials at the best restaurants throughout the state. What makes Restaurant Week different than any other night out? During the event, restaurants offer thoughtfully planned, multi-course menus at special price points of $25, $35, $45, and $55.
The history of restaurant week dates back to 1992 as an effort to promote dining in New York during the Democratic National Convention. Restaurants, which are natural competitors, came together and each charged $19.92 for a three course fixed meal. Today, restaurant week is alive and thriving in many states and cities all over the country. Some cities offer the celebration twice a year.
Maine Restaurant Week is an asset to Maine’s food culture in a variety of ways. It enables people to experience multi-course, fine dining at venues they normally wouldn’t attend, or couldn’t afford. Restaurant week showcases local chefs and their amazing culinary talents, all while supporting local businesses. It also brings the community out and together, not only to dine but with fun filled food themed events. Some of the events at Maine Restaurant Week this year include:
Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off
While not gourmet, this breakfast is an annual fan favorite that returns at South Portland’s Sea Dog Brewery. Also referred to as “Maine’s Best Breakfast,” the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off kicks off Maine Restaurant Week with a popular event in which the public votes for its favorite breakfast dishes from local restaurants. (February 28th @ 7:30 AM. Tickets are $25)
Perfect Pairing Challenge
Local bakers and bakeries serving sweet and tasty treats, paired with a wide variety of roasts brewed and hosted by Portland’s Coffee By Design. Other local coffees, beers and coffee-infused cocktails will also be served. Featuring TIQA, Bayside American Cafe, Timber Steakhouse and Rotisserie, Cakes by Babbs, Vena’s Fizz House, Walter’s, Frisky Whisk, Love Kupcakes and Dean’s Sweets. (March 5th @ 12 PM. Tickets are $35)
Spirit Quest is a self-guided cocktail and paired bites walking tour that takes participants to the Old Port and Arts District restaurant and bars. A full list of venues will be supplied to ticket holders before the event. (March 12th @ 2 PM. Tickets are $45)
Natalie’s Cocktail Dinner, Cocktail Class and Cooking Class Specials
Kick off Maine Restaurant week this year at Natalie’s, for a dining experience that you will savor well after you leave. The week is full of specials and events including a four-course Menu Fixe Prixe for $55. The chefs at Natalie’s work to create dishes that showcase local flavor and international inspiration that creates an unforgettable culinary experience. Make reservations today by contacting us!