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Raleigh restaurant week: Prix fixe menus and elite dining this week

Cities across the United States participate in restaurant week programs every year. The program provides diners an opportunity to experience new restaurants by enjoying a specially designed prix fixe menu. These programs also draw people to city centers, bringing suburbanites downtown to experience the flavor and fun of big city nights.

Beginning today and running through August 24, Raleigh Restaurant Week welcomes diners from the Triangle and guests visiting the area an opportunity to explore the 41 area restaurants participating. New this year, diners can enjoy specially priced appetizer plates, beer and wine pairings and a new $65 Elite Experience. Of course, the $20 and $30 3-course prix fixe menu is also available.

Appetizers have become a popular dinner choice, which restaurants recognize. This year, the appetizer sampler gives diners the option to taste a selection of starters. Participating restaurants will offer $15 appetizer sampler featuring three appetizers with a choice of at least four options.

Beer and wine pairings will be offered by some venues for an additional $10, to enhance the dining experience. At most restaurants, pairings will be ¾ of a traditional pour, but may vary from venue to venue. For questions on beer and wine pairings, be sure to ask the server.

The Elite Experience offers an exclusive multi-course dinner, with drink pairings, appetizer and dessert. Restaurants offering this new culinary adventure include Jimmy V's Osteria & Bar, Mo's Diner, Sono and Tuscan Blu Authentic Italian Cuisine. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Raleigh Restaurant Week is always popular, drawing foodies to Raleigh's finest restaurants every year. The program is produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, encouraging people to explore their city. To learn more about the event, follow Downtown Raleigh Alliance on Facebook. On Twitter, get the latest news with #DRRW. Share restaurant week photos on Instagram, tagging @DRRestaurantWK with #myDRRW for a chance to win a $50 gift card as well.

For more information and to explore menu offerings visit Restaurant Week 2014.