More than 50 restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties will be highlighting rich autumnal flavors during Newport Restaurant Week this November 1st through 10th, Discover Newport, the official destination management organization for Newport and Bristol counties, announced today. 

“Celebrate the cuisine of The Classic Coast’s fall harvest with farm-to-table and dock-to-plate dishes ranging from familiar comfort foods and contemporary cuisine to elegant gourmet fare, Discover Newport states in a press release announcing the annual restaurant week”.

During Newport Restaurant Week, you can experience tastefully crafted prix-fixe menus with $20 two-course lunches, $35 three-course dinners and a collection of three-course premier menus for $50.

“The restaurant week concept has been around for decades. What distinguishes each event, and makes Newport Restaurant Week in particular so special, is the vibrant network of farms in Rhode Island, our direct access to those farmers, and the talent of each chef in our destination who composes dishes specifically inspired by what is often that morning’s harvest or catch,” says Geremie Callaghan, co-owner of Fluke and member of Discover Newport’s Restaurant Week Advisory Board in the press release.

Though some restaurants have participated since the very first Newport Restaurant Week, others are preparing to make their debut.

“Chef Pietro Scotti mindfully created our Newport Restaurant Week menu around home-style food that is an authentic taste of Italy,” said Will Bard, general manager at Viesté in Newport in the press release. “We’re excited to jump into our first restaurant week with both feet and make an impression on both locals and visitors.”

Discover Newport says that this fall’s participants represent most of the communities of The Classic Coast and a multitude of cuisines including French, Italian, Irish, Mexican, Caribbean and contemporary American in addition to menus with a Southern, Mediterranean – even an eclectic – flair. Diners should be on the lookout for pairing suggestions that highlight local wine, beer and artisanal cocktails made with spirits crafted here in the destination.

Newport Restaurant Week grew from an annual event to a biannual event early in its tenure, but Discover Newport says that in 2020, the spring edition of Newport Restaurant Week will be put on pause to give the event more exclusivity and explore new culinary-driven opportunities for local restaurants. Next year’s restaurant week will be Nov. 6-15, 2020.

Discover Newport says that participating restaurants will be added to regularly and their menus are added within hours of receipt. Discover Newport encourages all participating restaurants to submit their menus as early as possible to give diners a comprehensive scope of all the creative dishes being offered and to plan accordingly.

Diners, chefs and restaurateurs can interact with one another throughout the event by using the hashtag #NPTRestaurantWeekon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For an ongoing, real-time index of observations and images throughout the destination, users can include the hashtag #TheClassicCoastin their posts. 

Newport Restaurant Week is proudly sponsored by Discover Newport and OpenTable.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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