DENVER (CBS4) – It’s time to get the napkins and forks ready because Denver Restaurant Week is just a few weeks away.

CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody says now is the time to start making reservations.

“This is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do I get to go out and do stories on great restaurants, but I also get to see some of my favorite people — like the chefs who regularly knock my socks off,” Moody said.

One of those chefs spoke with Moody on Wednesday. Elise Wiggins, head chef at Panzano, said Restaurant Week “gives guests a glimpse of what we do.” She said it’s a “screaming deal.”

“Most of the restaurants really showcase something special that attracts the guests, brings them in,” she said. “It sets the hook and then they come back. So it’s a huge benefit for all the restaurants.”

“Most restaurants also do specials on drinks and wine,” she said. “It’s the best time of the year to dine out and check out all of those restaurants you’ve been wanting to check out.”

Watch Moody’s report in the video below:

Denver Restaurant Week, an annual event, showcases many of the great places to dine across the Denver metro area. Each participating restaurant provides a fixed, multi-course menu with a fixed price of $52.80 for two people or $26.40 for one person.

This year’s event runs from Feb. 23 to March 8.

One of the many restaurants taking part is The Capital Grille in Larimer Square. On their page on the Denver Restaurant Week website they say their fixed price menu will “ignite your culinary imagination.” Their menu is as follows:

First Course
Soup/Salad (choice of):
Field Greens & Spring Vegetables with Shallot Champagne Vinaigrette
Caesar Salad
Clam Chowder

Second Course
Entrée (choice of):
8-oz. Filet Mignon
Morel Mushroom Crusted Tournedos with Red Wine Sauce
14-oz. Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry-Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter
Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon

Third Course
Desserts (choice of):
Classic Crème Brulée
Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
The Capital Grille Handcrafted Ice Cream
Chef’s Seasonal Fruit Sorbet

Fourth Course
Sam’s Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Creamed Spinach

You can peruse all the menus for the participating restaurants and make reservations through the Denver Restaurant Week website, which is operated by the city of Denver.

LINK: Denver Restaurant Week

– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the Entertainment section.

– Also, don’t miss Moody’s entertaining bio, his Top Spots in Denver lists, and his frequently updated Moody’s Picks page.


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