Most of us feel a bit of a relief at the end of the holiday season, followed by a case of the mid-winter blues. Sometimes the cure is as simple as a nice dinner out, but if you’re still paying off the holiday bills, dining out in a good restaurant might seem a bit frivolous.
Providence Restaurant Week
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Through Saturday, January 26, nearly 100 of the best restaurants in one of America’s hottest culinary destinations -- Providence, Rhode Island -- are participating in Providence Restaurant Weeks , a celebration of fine food at very reasonable prices, sponsored by the Greater Providence-Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. Price points are $14.95 per person for a three-course lunch and $29.95 for a three-course dinner – savings of 50% or more over non-promotional prices. Since 1972, Providence has been home to the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, and over the decades has developed an internationally acclaimed restaurant scene. In fact, the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine named it the #1 Food City in the United States in last year’s reader’s poll.
Taste of Hartford Winter Edition
Last, but not least, Taste of Hartford kicksoff January 21st and runs through February 3rd. Approximately three dozen greater Hartford area restaurants are offering multi-course prix-fixe menus featuring some of their signature dishes for $20.13 per person. The event is a partnership of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and The Hartford Advocate.
Dine For a Good Cause in Boston
Should you find yourself in Boston the weekend of January 26 – 27, you can save on dining while helping a great cause. Super Hunger Brunch is a collaboration of greater Boston restaurateurs, working to raise money for the Greater Boston Food Bank. On Saturday, January 26, you can pay $25 per person for brunch at North 26 or Darryl’s Corner Bar (both in Boston) or The Fireplace in Cambridge. For $35 per person, you can enjoy brunch at Boston’s Grill 23 & Bar or Sel de la Terre Back Bay, or Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge. Boston’s venerable L’Espalier is offering a $50 brunch on the same day. On Sunday, $25 brunch will be served at La Morra (Brookline), North 26, Stella (Boston), The Elephant Walk (Waltham) and Tomasso Trattoria (Southbridge). Rialto, the Cambridge restaurant owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams is offering a $35 brunch that day, as are Chez Henri (also in Cambridge) and Hamersley’s Bistro (Boston). Blue Ginger, the Wellesley restaurant owned by celebrity chef Ming Tsai, is offering a $50 brunch that day, as is Cragie on Main in Cambridge. These participating restaurants are donating their time and services so that all of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
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