Nearly 100 restaurants from across the state will offer three-course, prix fixe lunches and dinners for $14.95 and $29.95, respectively. Some are offering two-for-one deals and other promotions as well. All that is offered can be found at www.providencerestaurantweeks.com
Some of the participating restaurants include Andino's Restaurant, one of several from the city's best-known culinary district, Federal Hill; Bravo Brasserie across from Trinity Repertory Company, and popular with the theater crowd; Cook & Brown Public House on the East Side, which opened two years ago, fashioned after European gastro pubs; Sawaddee Thai Restaurant near Brown University, with authentic Thai food; and La Laiterie at Farmstead on the East Side, recognized locally and nationally for best "haute farmhouse cuisine."
New sponsoring partnerships this year include yelp.com and foodspotting.com, which adds a new interactive component to the event. "Yelpers," a community of online reviewers, can check in at participating venues to get special offers good for return visits, all done via smartphone. Foodspotting, a popular website and mobile app that focuses on dish reviews, is promoting the event to its online community, and those who upload photos of their recommendations at any of the venues will be eligible to win gift cards from participating restaurants.
"Working with social media partners allows the event to take on a virtual life of its own," said Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, which organizes the event. "The high-tech element balances nicely with the simple pleasure of enjoying a beautifully prepared meal."