KRLD Restaurant Week 2012

KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market is coming up in mid-August…

And reservations officially begin TODAY for this tasty opportunity enabling consumers to Dine Out, Discover & Give Back! The extensive 2012 participant list is now available at CBSDFW.com <http://dfw.cbslocal.com/krld-restaurant-week/>.

This year, over 125 of North Texas’ hottest dining spots (including three from Grapevine) are participating in the 15th Anniversary of KRLD Restaurant Week happening August 13-19 (though many will extend by one or even two full weeks thru Aug. 26 or even until Sept. 2). This tasty tradition — which spotlights the area’s thriving culinary scene — features three-course prix fixe dinners priced at only $35/person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately).

For the first time in 2012, select spots (i.e. those noted with the Cadillac emblem in the list) will also offer a three-course prix fixe lunch for only $25 a person through the new Cadillac Lunch Experience sponsored by Oak Farms Dairy! For every prix fixe meal purchased, participating Tarrant/Parker/West Denton County area restaurants will make a donation ($7 from every dinner and $5 from each lunch) to support Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Last year alone, diners across North Texas helped raise nearly $695,000 for the supported charity partners: the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home, and the goal is to reach $750,000 in 2012.

Grapevine participants supporting Lena Pope Home, include:

• Boi Na Braza – 4025 William D Tate Rd. Grapevine 76051 – 817.251.9881
• Ferrari’s Italian Villa – 1200 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine 76051 – 817.251.2525
• Silver Fox Grapevine – 1235 William D. Tate, Grapevine 76051 – 817.329.6995

The eagerly anticipated “Reservation Day” kick-off for the 15th Anniversary of KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market begins today — Monday, July 16. The heat is on to book sizzling dining deals at over 125 regional hot spots opening up tables, and currently accepting reservations for this popular gastronomic-dining event supporting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. Beginning August 13-19 North Texans can dine out and enjoy tasty three-course prix fixe menus during this summer fundraising tradition featuring dinner and new lunch reservations (at select spots).

2012 Participant List

Visit CBSDFW.com and “click” on the event’s Maítre d’ logo to view the extensive 2012 participant list <http://dfw.cbslocal.com/krld-restaurant-week/>, and to receive the full dish on all KRLD Restaurant Week related promotions and offerings – such as: “Preview” Weekend, Central Market’s popular Fourth Course certificates, wine pairings and specialty cocktail features, and much more! Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, Parker, and Tarrant counties all have restaurants taking part in this year’s event. Spotlighting North Texas’ upscale dining scene, highlights include: longtime supporters Abacus, Del Frisco’s and Stephan Pyles; newcomers like Boi Na Braza and Private Social; and other popular establishments, including: III Forks, Al Biernat’s, Bijoux, Bonnell’s Restaurant, Fearing’s Restaurant – Ritz-Carlton, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Fogo de Chão, GRACE, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Shinsei, The French Room – The Adolphus, and The Mansion.

Helpful Reservation Tips

To book a spot, diners can call the desired establishment and request a “KRLD Restaurant Week” reservation, or do so online at CBSDFW.com by following the link to OpenTable. Book early and be flexible; remember that popular places fill up fast and that smaller groups are often easier to seat. Dining out on a weeknight during off-peak evenings like Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday may also help ensure a prime table and time slot. Look for the many restaurants extending their participation by one or even two full weeks — through August 26 or even September 2 — opening up additional reservation opportunities.

Select Spots Now Serving Lunch!

Extending the tradition of KRLD Restaurant Week’s tasty three-course prix fixe dinners priced at only $35 per person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately), diners can also now satisfy their hunger for a fabulous mid-day meal. To celebrate 15 years of fine dining, consumers can test-drive the new Cadillac Lunch Experience sponsored by Oak Farms Dairy in 2012. Spotlighting some of North Texas’ hottest lunch locales, 35 select establishments will also feature a special three-course lunch menu for just $25 a person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately) during their participation in KRLD Restaurant Week. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner service, and diners should specify “KRLD Restaurant Week” when booking by phone or through OpenTable.com.

Giving Back

Consumer patronage not only helps support upscale dining establishments during the traditionally slower month of August; two great charity partners also benefit. For every prix fixe meal purchased, participating restaurants will donate a portion ($7.00 from every dinner and $5.00 from each lunch) to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $750,000 dollars, aiming to raise $50,000 over the record amount generated by diners in 2011 in support of our community.

“This remains one of our most popular fundraisers since it enables diners to indulge their inner foodie and help others all in one seating,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank. “Giving back never tasted as good as it does each August.” Every meal consumed during this timeframe enables the Food Bank to put food on the table of area children, families and seniors with summer being the hungriest time of year for many in the community.

“This appetizing fundraiser encourages friends, relatives and colleagues to gather tableside for a great meal, while spotlighting some of North Texas’ best menus,” explained Todd A. Landry, executive director, Lena Pope Home. “Who would turn down the opportunity to dine out and support the best restaurants at a discounted cost, while helping local children and families in need? You might even discover your new ‘go to’ dining destination.”

2012 KRLD Restaurant Week sponsors, include: Newsradio 1080 KRLD, 360 West, American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) – DFW chapter, American Express, Cadillac, Castello Banfi, Central Market, Concha y Toro, Dallas Morning News, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Edna Valley Vineyard, FreshPoint, Maker’s Mark, New Amsterdam, OpenTable.com, Oak Farms Dairy, Patrón XO Cafe, Pyrat Rum, Sysco, Texas Beef Council, William Hill Estate Winery.

About KRLD Restaurant Week

KRLD Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, celebrating 15 years in 2012, was founded in Dallas/Fort Worth by NewsRadio 1080 KRLD in August of 1997. Since its creation, it continues to flourish as a popular marketing and giveback opportunity and has helped raise millions for the supported charity partners – the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. Please visit the KRLD Restaurant Week landing page, accessible by clicking on the event’s Maitre d’ logo on the homepage of CBSDFW.com, for the full dish on what has become a tasty summer fundraising tradition here in North Texas. Diners can also “Like” the event on Facebook (KRLD Restaurant Week) or follow along on Twitter (@KRLDRW).

About North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit social benefit organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 300 Member Agencies and 1,000 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2011, NTFB provided access to nearly 33 million nutritious meals.

Founded in 1982, the year 2012 marks NTFB’s 30th anniversary. NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org). For more information about NTFB, please visit www.ntfb.org.

About Lena Pope Home

Lena Pope Home, Inc. has been serving Tarrant County children and families since 1930. The mission of Lena Pope Home is to help create hope, happiness and success for children and families. We impact over 20,000 individuals a year, with a focus in four key areas: prevention, early intervention, education and counseling. For more information about Lena Pope Home, visit www.lenapopehome.org or call 817-255-2500.