DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Restaurant Week kicked off with a big toast today. This year’s event promises to be one of the biggest on record with hundreds of restaurants taking part.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock toasted about 40 chefs from participating restaurants with a huge glass of red wine at Johnson & Wales University Wednesday morning.

There are 337 restaurants featured in this year’s Restaurant Week, 36 of those are new locations. That’s an 11 percent increase over last year. That makes Denver’s Restaurant Week bigger than those in New York and Los Angeles.

The event offers couples the chance to dine on a pre-set menu at hundreds of restaurants for only $52.80 or $26.40 for an individual.

“This is our third year participating, with Linger this would be our first year. The energy, the pulse, the way that restaurant week infuses the food scene in Denver is absolutely phenomenal,” said Linger Chef Daniel Asher.

The event kicks off Feb. 25 and continues through March 9. Check out for a list of restaurants and menus.


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