New Mexico True Restaurant Week

New Mexico Restaurant Week, late-winter's most delicious annual event, returns for its seventh year, giving visitors and locals a full 22 days to savor the state's incomparable cuisine at once-a-year prices.

The culinary celebration starts in Santa Fe, February 21 - 28, moves to Taos February 28 - March 6, and concludes in Albuquerque March 6 - 13. Participating restaurants will offer multiple-course dinners starting at just $25 for two for casual dining and $20, $30 or $40 per person at fine-dining restaurants, and many will feature prix-fixe lunches as well. With Restaurant Week specials offered at several hotels, this is the perfect time to plan a budget-friendly “gourmet getaway.”

In addition to the incredible dining, Restaurant Week provides a rare opportunity to learn new culinary skills; interact personally with talented chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers; and go behind-the-scenes at local restaurants. Visitors and locals alike look forward to these unique daytime events, and this year promises exciting new classes featuring local cuisine, as well as popular annual favorites such as "The ABCs of Sake," "How to Make Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese,” and “The Art of New Mexican Cuisine.” Classes are offered at very reasonable prices (participants pay at the door) and tend to fill up quickly, so reserve your spaces early.

In addition to dining deals and culinary events, restaurants are shaking it up this year by offering their own signature Restaurant Week margaritas. Diners will vote on their favorite margaritas in each restaurant during each city's Restaurant Week. The mixology competition is sponsored by 1800 tequila and Los Cabos Especial agave wine.

New Mexico Restaurant Week sponsors include the New Mexico Tourism Department, New Mexico Restaurant Association, Edible magazines, Local Flavor, the Rail Runner, Open Table, Yelp!, Sysco, and National Distributing Co.

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