August 10th - 19th, 2018

For the Love of Local

Birmingham Restaurant Week
August 10th - 19th, 2018

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WHAT IS BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT WEEK? 

Birmingham Restaurant Week celebrates the city’s burgeoning culinary reputation as we connect our community through local food. From fine dining to down-home cookin’, food lovers with a taste for adventure can enjoy special lunch or dinner 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 dishes.

Summer Restaurant Week is a 10-day culinary affair during August which features more than 70 restaurants and a number of special events designed to lead food lovers on a journey from farm to table as they gain a deeper understanding of how food connects Birmingham. Winter Restaurant Week works in much the same way, but on a smaller scale for 7 days in January. 

BRW’s events articulate why loyalty to local food is important and how diners, chefs, culinary startups, Alabama farmers and food retailers in Birmingham’s low-income neighborhoods are all intertwined. BRW 2018 showcases the cross-section between entrepreneurship and food-driven revitalization as we pay homage to the Magic City’s culinary roots. REV will curate a collection of events August 10-19, kicking this 10-day promotion off with Harvest Brunch and culminating with a multi-course dinner in which we toast to Birmingham’s most notable chefs.

WHY DOES BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT WEEK EXIST? 

Because food is just the appetizer. From Avondale to 2nd Avenue, Five Points South to Pepper Place, food is leading the revitalization of Birmingham. Birmingham Restaurant Week gives chefs the opportunity to showcase how they’re feeding the city - from filling a vacant space to creating locally-sourced dishes to mentoring the next generation of culinary entrepreneurs. An all-new lineup of 2018 BRW events will take food lovers way behind the scenes to learn more about how their favorite restaurants are adding to Birmingham’s renaissance.

Many BRW participating restaurants are clients of REV’s Urban Food Project - an initiative that is building a robust local food economy and increasing access to fresh and nutritious food. UFP assists local restaurants, corner store owners and farmers in producing, selling, distributing and promoting locally sourced ingredients. This distribution helps provide more quality food options to 88,000 city residents who do not have easy access to retail outlets offering fresh, healthy foods.  

Nationally, James Beard and Zagat recognize our culinary distinction. That opens the door for Birmingham to tell the rest of our story - like how we’re innovating in bio-sciences, tech and social issues. Food is just the appetizer to Birmingham’s banquet of good news and Birmingham Restaurant Week serves it all up on a great big 10-day platter.

HISTORY OF BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT WEEK? 

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.   

MENTIONS & MORE!

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.

We look forward to another great year of celebrating Birmingham food! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on BRW2018.