Who’s Hungry? Knoxville’s Restaurant Week to Benefit Second Harvest

Laura Braden Events, Local Flavor 7 Comments

As someone who doesn’t cook but has the YP, Urban Spoon, Yelp and Takeout Taxi apps on my iPhone, I don’t need a lot of excuses to eat out with friends and family. But thankfully, some unidentified local genius has created Knoxville’s first Restaurant Week.

The Back Story

From February 27 – March 4, nearly thirty local restaurants will offer three-course meals at a fixed price ($25 or $35), with $5 donation going to benefit Knoxville’s Second Harvest Food Bank. The Food Bank estimates that one in six East Tennesseans go hungry every night, and they feed approximately 158,000 people in our community…a month!

It’s truly a city-wide effort with more than three dozen sponsors including the participating restaurants, city of Knoxville, Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, Knoxville Tourism Alliance, Pilot Corp. and Moxley Carmichael .

Check out the great pictures of from last week’s kick-off event over at the Blue Streak blog.

Restaurant Weeks are quite common in other (albeit larger) cities so I’m hopeful that the concept catches on and become an annual tradition. And given that the economy hasn’t fully recovered yet, it’s a great way to support our local small businesses and try a new restaurant without blowing your budget. Bon Appétit!

Participating Restaurants I’m Psyched About

Click here to see all the participating restaurants. TIP: Reservations aren’t required but definitely encouraged so that you don’t miss out!

What’d I miss? Which restaurants are you planning on visiting? And let me know your post-Restaurant Week reviews by emailing me at lauraebraden@gmail.com.

Comments 7

  1. Cmmoxley

    Thanks, Laura! Hope to see you in some of the dining rooms! Here are the ones I’ll be in: Ruth’s Chris, Echo, Le Parigo and even Marty’s, the fancy restaurant in the downtown Hilton, if you can believe. Never been there and it’s right across the street from our condo, so why not?

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  3. Jsolomon

    You mention an “Unknown Genius” came up with this for Knoxville. It’s my understanding that the General Manager from Ruth’s Chris Steak House was the one behind getting the restaurants and Second Harvest together. Anybody know if that is correct?

    I’m heading to Naples, Ruth’s Chris and Cafe 4. Yes, three times in a week. More food for me, for food for the hungry.

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