GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The fifth annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids kicks off for 12 days on Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 24. Sixty-seven of Grand Rapids’ best restaurants will be offering special menus with great prices.
A new part of Restaurant Week GR 2014 is “Perfect Pairings.” Restaurants have been encouraged to pair their food selections with wine, beer, spirits or coffee that complement each of their courses.
Two contests will take place during Restaurant Week. For “Grand Cocktail 2014,” mixologists and bar staff at many of the participating Restaurant Week restaurants will show off their drink-making skills. Participating restaurants will enter cocktail recipes in two categories: Best Summer Cocktail and Best Old-Fashioned using Woodford Reserve craft bourbon, as well as other fresh, local ingredients. Woodford Reserve is the Exclusive National Spirits Sponsor for Restaurant Week GR 2014 for its second year.
The Grand Cocktail competition will kick off on August 5 at participating restaurants in order to allow the public to taste the cocktails over a two-week period leading up to and through Restaurant Week. The public can place their vote for their cocktail favorites online. There will also be a judged competition with qualified judges selecting first and second place winners in each category. Grand Prize Winners of the Grand Cocktail 2014 competition will win a two day all expense paid trip for two to Woodford Reserve in Kentucky. Winners will be announced during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014.
There will also be a public competition called “Perfect Pairings” Instagram Photo Contest. Throughout Restaurant Week, diners can snap photos of their favorite “Perfect Pairings” Restaurant Week experiences and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #RWGR to be entered into the photo contest. Entrants that submit photos and receive the most “likes” on Instagram will win restaurant gift certificates. Winners of the photo contest will be announced after Restaurant Week GR 2014 ends.