By Corey Tucker – A&E Editor
On August 12 Experience Grand Rapids will begin its sixth annual restaurant week that will run through August 23.
Restaurant week, which was created to highlight Grand Rapids’ culinary diversity, will have two different menu options for patrons. Depending on the restaurant, the options will be one person, three courses for $28, or two people, three courses each for $28.
Kate Herron, Experience Grand Rapids Community Development Manager, says the emphasis this year is value.
“We are really pushing the quality of the menu,” Herron Said. “We are offering any restaurants participating help on their menu creation.”
According to Herron, the new major sponsor of the event, Gordon Food Service, will be assisting in menu creation that is geared toward helping local chefs create the best menu options for the $28 price.
Not only will patrons have a great opportunity to taste great food at a reasonable price during Restaurant Week, they will also get the opportunity to assist in higher education.
“One dollar from every restaurant week meal sold is donated to the GRCC Secchia Institute for culinary education,” Herron said. “The funds are for scholarships for the culinary students. To date, almost $100,000 has been awarded.”
A lot of the businesses participating are restaurants that have been a part of the celebration of food in the past, however, there are multiple establishments making their first appearance such as Flanagan’s, Gravity, Ganders, and Bandit Queen.
Bandit Queen’s Chef Les Fleming is looking forward for their first go around with Restaurant Week due to the opportunity to display their ramen cuisine.
“Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for Bandit Queen to showcase our awesome and simple Asian dishes,” Chef Fleming said.
For more information and a complete list of the participating restaurants, visit this link.