Enjoy Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week Aug. 15-21

Plus, plan an October outing to help fight hunger
Photo courtesy of Flyboy Aerial Photography
This Sushi roll from Sono are among the offerings available to diners during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week.

When was the last time you had a date night with your spouse or treated yourself to dining out with friends? Having trouble remembering? Here’s an incentive to head out this week: Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week — when downtown Raleigh restaurants offer deals — takes place Aug. 15-21.

During the promotion, participating restaurants are featuring three-course prix fixe dinners for $20 or $30, depending on the venue. You’ll also find $5 or $10 lunch specials. (Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner.) Plan on dining on Friday, Aug. 19, and you can also take advantage of deals and specials at participating retailers, which will be open until 9 p.m.

Photo of Sullivan's cheesecake courtesy of Flyboy Aerial Photography 

“In order to capitalize on the success of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, we decided to try something new and ask retailers to stay open into the evening when diners would be downtown,” says Stacey Simeone, marketing director for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. “We really want the community to experience downtown’s unique and growing shopping scene.”

Participating retailers include Deco RaleighDevolve MotoDogwood CollectiveEdge of UrgeFeelgoodzFront Row Cosmetics, Gypsy JuleLee Hansley Gallery, Moon and LolaPort of RaleighQuercus StudioThe Raleigh Wine ShopRamble Supply Co.Retro Modern FurnishingsRunologieScentsuosity, and Videri Chocolate Factory. Visit dinedowntownraleigh.com to learn more.

Help Fight Hunger at Empty Bowls Event

If you can’t fit in an outing this week, consider buying tickets to the fourth annual Empty Bowls event on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. The event runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m., featuring live music and food. All proceeds go to help TABLE—which provides healthy emergency food aid to more than 500 children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, where the need is great.

Photo of Empty Bowls event courtesy of TABLE

In 2014, there were 5,380 children living in Orange County in households that either did have enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle or that had limited access to nutritious food, according to Feeding America. Of these children, 43 percent of them were likely ineligible for federal nutritional programs. TABLE is looking to increase the number of children it feeds by the end of the 2016-17 school year.

The Empty Bowls meal will feature a hearty soup donated by Provence of Carrboro and Root Cellar and artisan sandwiches baked by local delis and restaurants, as well as a dessert. Tickets cost $15, $30 or $50 and those who opt for the $30 or $50 tickets will also take home a locally made pottery bowl.

For more information or tickets, call (919) 636-4860 or visit this link.


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