NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – New Haven Restaurant Week returned on Sunday for its 15th year.
Organizers said it runs from Nov. 5 through Nov. 10.
They said the bi-annual event welcomes visitors to experience culinary excellence in the nation’s pizza capital and the home of the original hamburger sandwich.
“We are thrilled to celebrate 15 years of New Haven Restaurant Week, our city’s longest-running foodie promotion,” said Bruno Baggetta, director for Market New Haven, Inc., downtown’s destination marketing organization. “This is a milestone and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our funders, Yale University and Yale-New Haven Health. Their continued support has allowed us to evolve Restaurant Week into one of the region’s most anticipated events.”
The fall edition of New Haven Restaurant Week featured 25 of the city’s popular restaurants, which represented eight vibrant neighborhoods throughout the city. Of the 25 participating restaurants, 14 will offer $25 lunch specials, with all participating locations offering dinner experiences for $45 or $55 per person. Beverages, taxes, and gratuity are not included, organizers said.
The event also sought to give back to the community. Since 2009, organizers said it has raised more than $55,000 for the Connecticut Foodshare, an organization that works year-round to combat hunger and food insecurity across the state. This year, participating restaurants have donated $5,000.
“In Connecticut, nearly 1 in 10 of our neighbors are experiencing food insecurity, and the need continues to rise,” said Jason Jakubowski, president and CEO of Connecticut Foodshare. “Community partnerships are critical in supporting our mission. We are thankful for the continued support from Market New Haven, Inc., citizens and all the participating restaurants for this extremely generous donation. Thousands of Connecticut households will now have the food they need and hope for the future.”
For driving customers, The Shops at Yale offered free 2-hour parking with same-day purchases of $50 or more from participating restaurants at lots located at 255 Crown St. and 56 Broadway. Additionally, Park New Haven offered a $5 parking rate during lunch in the Crown Street and Temple Street garages. The offer was applicable Nov. 5 through Nov. 10 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Patrons were strongly encouraged to make reservations in advance and check restaurants’ websites for exact pricing and menus.
To learn more about New Haven Restaurant Week participants, visit the event’s website here.
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