Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) is the city’s premier dining out and tasting event. From fine dining to down-home cookin’, food lovers with a taste for adventure can enjoy sampling two and/or three course lunches or dinners from prix-fixe menus ranging from $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per person – making it easy and affordable for everyone to enjoy a taste of Birmingham’s diverse and flourishing culinary scene.
Summer Restaurant Week is a 10-day culinary affair during August which features more than 70 restaurants and a host of uniquely themed interactive tasting experiences where you can sample delicious dishes, sip wines, local beers and cocktails while uncovering what Birmingham has to dish. Winter Restaurant Week works in much the same way, but on a smaller scale for 7 days in January. BRW also hosts an annual brunch event each October to give foodies the opportunity to sample innovative and creative takes on the mid-morning tradition.
Birmingham Restaurant Week exists to celebrate and support the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Recent national recognition, awards and accolades have made Birmingham one of the country’s prime culinary destinations. Restaurant Week gives the city’s eateries the opportunity to showcase their creativity and range of offerings through curated prix fixe menus.
Restaurant Week events also aim to promote support for dining locations that buy and sell locally sourced food and ingredients. This helps cycle your hard-earned dollars back into the community, allowing restaurants to continue to offer the freshest local food.
To make sure our Birmingham community has continued access to that healthy, local food, Restaurant Week also supports REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project initiative. The Urban Food Project (UFP) aims to build a robust local food economy as well as create simpler access to fresh and nutritious food. UFP does this by assisting local restaurants, corner store owners and farmers in producing, transporting, selling and distributing locally sourced ingredients. This distribution then helps provide more quality food options to 88,000 city residents who do not have easy access to retail outlets offering fresh, healthy foods.
Birmingham Restaurant Week was created in 2010 to spotlight the acclaimed food and beverage culture in Birmingham Alabama. After being inspired by his experience during Atlanta Restaurant Week, James Little, BRW founder and current District Manager at REV Birmingham, approached the team at Style Advertising with an idea. Intrigued with the thought of launching a similar restaurant promotion for Birmingham, Little and Style began brainstorming what ultimately led to the birth of the first Birmingham Restaurant Week in 2010.
Soon after, REV Birmingham joined the cause. With the economic development organization bringing their expertise and man power to the project, BRW has been able to reach new heights and stretch its influence to affect the broader Birmingham food scene.
Through the combined efforts of local restaurants, BRW sponsors and numerous other organizations, Restaurant Week has helped the city of Birmingham experience catalytic development in areas such as Woodlawn and Avondale.
BRW was honored to receive the Main Street Alabama 2013's Excellence in Business Award, the Public Relations Council of Alabama's 2012 Medallion Award for Social Media and Birmingham's Magazine's 2012 Best of Birmingham Food Advocate Finalist. BRW has also drawn national attention from The New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, Travel Channel, Buzzfeed and Zagat twice.