It’s time for a party with a purpose—a dining party that is—when Kansas City Restaurant Week (KCRW), presented by US Foods, kicks off on January 15 and runs through January 24. Celebrating its 7th anniversary this year, this gastronomic celebration has reached a new, all-time high with 185 participating metro area restaurants.
Additionally, a fresh website remake encompasses numerous new features designed to entice diners to enjoy a bevy of outstanding participating eateries. Each is offering a multi-course lunch and/or dinner for only $15 and $33, respectively.
Among the new features are a new menu-tagging option with special dietary restrictions, including gluten free, nut-free, vegan and vegetarian. A menu updates feature allows visitors to track which restaurants have recently added Restaurant Week menus, and a grouping option for restaurants with multiple locations, allowing users to more easily view all locations and reduce the volume of restaurant pages.
Multiple-location restaurants will also have a dropdown on each location’s page to allow users to navigate easily between locations. And, restaurant listings themselves will load as diners scroll for quicker navigation.
Not sure how to get to one restaurant or another? There’s a helpful mapping feature which clearly identifies a restaurant’s location and region, as well as a section titled “Make a Night of It,” highlighting deals and packages from partner hotels and shopping districts.
And like any party with a purpose, donations raised during the 2016 event will benefit four local area organizations. BoysGrow (www.boysgrow.com) is an urban-farming initiative whose mission is to teach entrepreneurism to urban male youth; Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (www.ccvi.org), an organization offering training and educational programs to visually-impaired children and their families; and Cultivate Kansas City (www.cultivatekc.org), an organization providing incentives for low-income families to shop at local farmers markets.
Also receiving a share of the 2016 donations is The Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation, focusing primarily on the identification, development and advocacy of tourism products in Kansas City and its surrounding communities. Another is the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which seeks to promote the restaurant industry in the greater Kansas City area by offering scholarships to students pursuing a career in the hospitality industry.
For more about Kansas City Restaurant Week, running from January 15-24, check out the new-and-improved website – KCRestaurantweek.com. You can also download the free KCRW app for iPhone and Android, and follow along the culinary trail via @RestaurantWeek #KCRW2016.