General Press Information
With the theme of ‘For the Love of Local,’ Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) celebrates the city’s acclaimed culinary culture by offering incentives for patrons to revisit their favorite Birmingham restaurants or to experience new venues for the first time, all while celebrating the landmark eateries that helped make Birmingham “America’s No. 1 Next Hot Food City”, according to Zagat. Founded in 2010 and organized by REV Birmingham, BRW encourages residents and tourists alike to get a taste of Birmingham’s culinary scene and to fill the seats of the city’s eating and drinking establishments. During the 7 days, more than 40 participating restaurants throughout the Birmingham area will offer food and drink specials including two and/or three course prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per-person. BRW events have raised $39,341 for local non-profits and tourist destinations.
BRW Announcement Press Releases:
Winter Local Release - 2nd Annual Winter Restaurant Week 2017, January 20th -29th, 2017
Local Release – 7th Annual Birmingham Restaurant Week 2016 Presented by Regions Bank was on held Aug. 12-21, 2016
Regional Release – Birmingham Restaurant Week Highlights the City’s Award-Winning Food Culture
Birmingham Culinary Accolades
Local Restaurant Honors
- BRW participant Highlands Bar and Grill was featured as one of the top restaurants to “try before you die” by the Charleston Southern Food Bloggers.
- Restauranteur Frank Stitt is a six-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurant Award for his Highlands Bar and Grill. In addition to Highlands Bar and Grill, Stitt also operates Bottega, Chez Fonfon and Bottega Café, all of which have participated in BRW since its inception in 2010.
- Highlands Bar and Grill named Best Restaurant in Alabama
- The national online reservation service, OpenTable, has named Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham one of the 10 best restaurants in America for 2014. The award is based on the opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners in all 50 states.
- Highlands Bar and Grill was featured on OpenTable’s list of 100 Best Restaurants in America in 2016.
- Highlands Bar and Grill was recently named one of Eater’s 38 Best Restaurants in America.
- BRW’s Post Office Pies was featured as one of the 33 Best Pizza Shops in America on Thrillist.com in 2015 and one of the Best Pizzerias in America in 2016.
- Post Office Pies was also named the Best Pizza in Alabama by First We Feast in its wrap up of the best pizza in each state.
- Paula Deen magazine named BRW participant Saw’s BBQ No. 1 BBQ place in America in 2014.
- Thrillist named Chez Fonfon’s Hamburger Fonfon the best burger in Alabama.
- BRW participants Ovenbird, Highlands Bar and Grill and Galley and Garden were all listed on Zagat’s 8 Must-Try Restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama.
- The burger from Rusty’s Bar-B-Q was named the Best Burger in Alabama by First We Feast in its wrap up of the best burgers in each state.
- BRW participants Highlands Bar and Grill, Jackson’s Bar and Bistro, Chez Fonfon, Dreamland BBQ and Bottega were all listed on USA Today’s 9 Best Birmingham Restaurants.
- Eater food critic Bill Addison named Chez Fonfon’s Coconut Cake on the list of the most stunning desserts he had eaten in 2016.
- Saw’s Soul Kitchen’s smoked chicken wings was included on Eater’s 23 Essential Barbecue Dishes in America in 2016.
Birmingham Restaurant Week 2016 Summer Program Impact
- Over 24,000 BRW menus sold
- 20% average increase in sales compared to a normal 10 days
- Over $2.7 million in gross receipts sales
- Over 97,000 individual sales
- 404,494 website pageviews during the 10 day event
- BRW’s annual preview parties have raised $39,341 for various local non-profit attractions and tourist destinations since 2010.
- Birmingham Magazine’s 2012 Best of Birmingham Food Advocate Finalist
- Public Relations Council of Alabama’s 2012 Medallion Award for Social Media
- Main Street America 2013’s Excellence in Business Promotion Award