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Newport Restaurant Week Begins Today

Restaurant week runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 11.

Newport Restaurant Week returns November 2-11, 2012 with more than 45 participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties. Now a highly anticipated fall tradition, restaurants dish up extraordinary cuisine at affordable prix fixe prices with ingredients sourced from local farmers, foragers and fisherman. As in years past, the prices remain at $16 for a three-course lunch and $30 for a three-course dinner.

Newport Restaurant Week has come to be a crowd-pleasing event among local residents and visitors alike since being introduced in 2006. This fall’s 10-day affair will highlight local food purveyors, new seasonal menu items and the talents of creative chefs who orchestrate unforgettable dining experiences.

Visiting gourmands can come for dinner and stay for breakfast by taking advantage of reasonably priced Newport Restaurant Week lodging packages while culinary enthusiasts can savor food-related events including cooking classes, Greenvale Vineyards’ Harvest Festival and the Taste of Newport—a savory extravaganza benefiting Child & Family, the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County. Information on packages and the growing list of events can be found at GoNewportRestaurantWeek.com.

Updates on events, participating restaurants and menus can be found at NewportRestaurant Week’s Facebook page and on Discover Newport’s Twitter feed (use hashtag #nptrw). Also, diners from Providence and around the state can rely on Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus routes for $4 per round trip ticket or $6 for an all-day pass to save money on parking and gas.

Participating restaurants span both counties, reaffirming the destination’s identity as a premier culinary destination. Chefs from Brick Alley Pub (Newport), Hourglass Brasserie (Bristol), Jamestown Fish (Jamestown), Scampi (Portsmouth), and Windward at the Hyatt Regency (Newport) will appear on The Rhode Show on WPRI TV 12 in advance of and during Newport Restaurant Week, each cooking up a dish that will be featured on their prix fixe menus.

For the first time ever, Newport Restaurant Week will be sponsored in part by OpenTable.com; a free, real-time online restaurant reservation program. Participating OpenTable restaurants have a reservation button on their individual listing on the GoNewportRestaurantWeek.com web site (along with their Restaurant Week menus) so that users can conveniently book a time to dine directly from the site. Additional sponsors include Absolut Vodka, American Express, Brancott Wines, the East Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Samuel Adams and Yelp.com.

To view an up-to-date listing of participating restaurants, menus, lodging packages and events, visit GoNewportRestaurantWeek.com. Images available.

*Prices are for prix-fixe menus only. Tax, beverage and gratuity not included. Other restrictions may apply.

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