Nothing says spring like restaurant week

Restaurant WeekMark your calendars! Newport Restaurant Week is back this spring and will run from April 5th-14th.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this event!  Restaurant week is the perfect excuse to try out a new restaurant, or grab an affordable meal at one of your favorite eateries.

I caught up with Andrea McHugh at Discover Newport to find out what Newport Restaurant Week is all about. Below she lets us know what to expect next week!

NFM: How did Newport Restaurant week originate?

Newport Restaurant Week began in the fall of 2006. The concept was based on the nationwide trend to create Restaurant Weeks as an avenue for restaurants to attract new clientele and to create a positive economic impact throughout the destination. Today, Newport Restaurant Week is held twice annually, both in the spring and in the fall. The event spans 10 days, usually has more than 50 participating restaurants, and includes culinary lodging packages and food-related events like festivals, cooking classes, culinary walking tours and more. Participants include restaurants in the City of Newport and as well as Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren.

NFM: Are there any special events that are specific to Newport Restaurant Week this spring?

We feature chefs from participating restaurants on Tuesday mornings on The Rhode Show, a morning show on the local CBS affiliate airs in southeastern Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island, leading up to and throughout Newport Restaurant Week. This year’s event roster includes cooking classes, a chocolate and wine pairing, and a wine class and tasting.

NFM: Are there any restaurants that you are looking forward to trying?

Yes! I like to try a variety for lunch and dinner. I’d like to get to Persimmon and DeWolf Tavern, both in Bristol—the chef at DeWolf serves contemporary American cuisine but with his Indian heritage, it often has an interesting twist. I’d also like to get to Tallulah in Thames as Chef Jake Rojas will be doing a dinner at NYC’s prestigious James Beard House on April 23 (details here). Café Zelda and Malt, and Buskers are on my wish list too—I love good pub food. There’s too many to choose from. I’ll also be increasing my gym workout to keep up!