Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno have declared the week of September 16-22, 2012 as New Jersey Restaurant Week (NJRW). The New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) is proud to sponsor this statewide event with restaurants offering price-fixed menus for lunch and dinner. For participating restaurants that support Share Our Strength Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, visit www.dineoutnj.com or you can make your reservations through Urbanspoon, the official reservation sponsor of NJRW. The NJRA encourages you to patronize participating restaurants during this weeklong event and discover the hidden dining delights of the Garden State.
The NJRA, now in its 70th year, plans to help establishments dish out the best celebration ever by adding new surprises to the week, especially after a large part of last year’s event was disrupted by Hurricane Irene, forcing many residents to avoid travel and stay inside.
“This is about giving back to our patrons,” said Jack Koumbis, Chairman of the NJRA. “We are celebrating our 70th anniversary and to show New Jerseyans our appreciation of their continued support, we’ve added exciting give-a-ways and special deals throughout the week,” he added.
To expand awareness and promote public attendance, a new sponsor, Sun National Bank, has been named as the “official” bank of Restaurant Week. The South Jersey-based bank is known for its community footprint throughout the state.
NJ Restaurant Week features good food and drink and allows patrons to try new establishments at fixed price points. Restaurants with liquor licenses are encouraged to serve the official cocktail of NJ Restaurant Week – The Shawshank. Created by Michael Deeg, an experienced bartender at Salt Creek Grille in Princeton, NJ, The Shawshank was deemed the winning drink at the 2nd annual Mixologist of the Year contest sponsored by Redemption Rye. Ingredients and assembly instructions are posted on www.dineoutnj.com for public viewing as well.
Tomorrow, September 12, The NJRA will launch New Jersey Restaurant Week by featuring “unique” cuisine tastings from across the Garden State. The luncheon features David Burke, Chef/Owner David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson; Mixologist, Michael Deeg; government officials, NJRA members and seven diverse New Jersey Restaurants:
• Clydz in New Brunswick proves NJ has exotic taste: “Elk and Rattlesnake Chili” and “Braised Python Ravioli.”
• FIN at the Tropicana in Atlantic City proves that one can eat well on the boardwalk. Executive Chef Demetrios Haronis recently won the 2012 NJ Seafood Challenge.
• Salt Creek Grille in Princeton brings mesquite fired American cuisine
• Milford Oyster House in Milford offers an innovative and unpretentious New American style based on the freshest of ingredients.
• Kuzina by Sofia in Cherry Hill offers Mediterranean cooking with 100 percent Greek cuisine.
• Cape Resorts Group in Cape May offers fresh “Farm-to-Table” American cuisine.
• The Stone Terrace in Hamilton, a premier dining and banquet facility, proves that NJ can cater to even the most discriminating of taste buds.
Established in 1942, the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA) represents the Garden State's 25,000 eating and drinking establishments - the State's largest private sector employer, generating $14 billion in annual sales and employing over 311,000 people. Through member education, advocacy, networking, and support, the NJRA has become an essential ingredient for successful and professional eating and drinking establishments, vendors, non-profits, schools and students in the Garden State.