Reservations Begin Today for 15th Annual KRLD Restaurant Week 2012

Okay you knuckleheads, today is the day. “Reservation Day” for KRLD Restaurant Week to be more precise. Over 125 regional dining establishments are opening up tables and accepting reservations (some are even offering a lunch menu). For every $35 or $25 prix fixe meal purchased, participating restaurants will donate a portion ($7.00 from every dinner and $5.00 from each lunch) to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $750,000 dollars, aiming to raise $50,000 over the record amount generated by diners in 2011 in support of our community.

Central Market is the presenting sponsor and offers a fourth free course with a purchase.

Here is the HOT LIST . Make your reservations and tell what you got. All the details you need are below.

2012 Participant List
Visit CBSDFW.com and “click” on the event’s Maítre d’ logo to view the extensive 2012 participant list <http://dfw.cbslocal.com/krld-restaurant-week/>, and to receive the full dish on all KRLD Restaurant Week related promotions and offerings – such as: “Preview” Weekend, Central Market’s popular Fourth Course certificates, wine pairings and specialty cocktail features, and much more! Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, Parker, and Tarrant counties all have restaurants taking part in this year’s event. Spotlighting North Texas’ upscale dining scene, highlights include: longtime supporters Abacus, Del Frisco’s and Stephan Pyles; newcomers like Boi Na Braza and Private Social; and other popular establishments, including: III Forks, Al Biernat’s, Bijoux, Bonnell’s Restaurant, Fearing’s Restaurant – Ritz-Carlton, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Fogo de Chão, GRACE, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Shinsei, The French Room – The Adolphus, and The Mansion.

Helpful Reservation Tips
To book a spot, diners can call the desired establishment and request a “KRLD Restaurant Week” reservation, or do so online at CBSDFW.com by following the link to OpenTable. Book early and be flexible; remember that popular places fill up fast and that smaller groups are often easier to seat. Dining out on a weeknight during off-peak evenings like Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday may also help ensure a prime table and time slot. Look for the many restaurants extending their participation by one or even two full weeks — through August 26 or even September 2 — opening up additional reservation opportunities.

Select Spots Now Serving Lunch!
Extending the tradition of KRLD Restaurant Week’s tasty three-course prix fixe dinners priced at only $35 per person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately), diners can also now satisfy their hunger for a fabulous mid-day meal. To celebrate 15 years of fine dining, consumers can test-drive the new Cadillac Lunch Experience sponsored by Oak Farms Dairy in 2012. Spotlighting some of North Texas’ hottest lunch locales, 35 select establishments will also feature a special three-course lunch menu for just $25 a person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately) during their participation in KRLD Restaurant Week. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner service, and diners should specify “KRLD Restaurant Week” when booking by phone or through OpenTable.com.

Giving Back
Consumer patronage not only helps support upscale dining establishments during the traditionally slower month of August; two great charity partners also benefit. For every prix fixe meal purchased, participating restaurants will donate a portion ($7.00 from every dinner and $5.00 from each lunch) to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $750,000 dollars, aiming to raise $50,000 over the record amount generated by diners in 2011 in support of our community.

“This remains one of our most popular fundraisers since it enables diners to indulge their inner foodie and help others all in one seating,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank. “Giving back never tasted as good as it does each August.” Every meal consumed during this timeframe enables the Food Bank to put food on the table of area children, families and seniors with summer being the hungriest time of year for many in the community.

“This appetizing fundraiser encourages friends, relatives and colleagues to gather tableside for a great meal, while spotlighting some of North Texas’ best menus,” explained Todd A. Landry, executive director, Lena Pope Home. “Who would turn down the opportunity to dine out and support the best restaurants at a discounted cost, while helping local children and families in need? You might even discover your new ‘go to’ dining destination.”

2012 KRLD Restaurant Week sponsors, include: Newsradio 1080 KRLD, 360 West, American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) – DFW chapter, American Express, Cadillac, Castello Banfi, Central Market, Concha y Toro, Dallas Morning News, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Edna Valley Vineyard, FreshPoint, Maker’s Mark, New Amsterdam, OpenTable.com, Oak Farms Dairy, Patrón XO Cafe, Pyrat Rum, Sysco, Texas Beef Council, William Hill Estate Winery.

6 comments on “Reservations Begin Today for 15th Annual KRLD Restaurant Week 2012

  1. Apparently, reservations actually started whenever a restaurant made it known that they were participating in Restaurant Week. The Mansion was booked solid every day for 3 weeks at 9 am this morning. Could you discuss the reservation system a bit more clearly next time (i.e., you don’t have to wait), for us newbies? I know more than one were under the impression you couldn’t make RW reservations until this morning. Thanks.

  2. I second the comment above, many restaurants have already begun taking reservations and are in fact booked for prime evenings.

  3. So, I guess the lesson here is to start calling early and see if they’ll take a reservation ahead of time. I booked Private Social, CampO and Nonna on Monday morning without any trouble for two Fridays and a Saturday. I haven’t been to the first two yet and I always want to eat at Nonna.

  4. Reservation day was July 16th. I got a Mansion reservation at 7:40 that morning. It’s been on my calendar for a year. They had many options.

  5. The reason some reataurants are “committed” for restaurant week already is because they limit the number of reservations they will take that will be using the $35 menu (i.e. they are full for Restraunt Week diners, but not for regular menu diners). Call around and you will be able to figure out the restaurants that don’t limit the amount of reservations. I know that The Capital Grille does not limit their restaurant week reservations. When I made my reservation, I was told, that they take as many restaurant week reservations as possible, it’s for such an important cause that benifits so many people..