If you’ll be in the islands this week, start making reservations for the annual Restaurant Week palooza. This is when all eateries – from fine dining to local fast foods – dish out their very best meals and deals.

More than 50 eateries on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island hopped on board this unique culinary choo-choo train, including a few new ones, like Prima and a second Eggs ‘n’ Things in Ala Moana. The coolest part is that there will likely be brand-new items on the menu. Of course, we can’t forget about those enticing discounts and promotions thrown at us.

But aside from that, there are actually a few feel-good reasons you should eat out this week. A portion of the proceeds from Restaurant Week supports Hawaii’s up-and-coming chefs, culinary artisans and bakers. The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head is the state’s first four-year culinary program that continues to help Hawaii maintain its rep as a culinary destination. Instead of a baker’s dozen, they pump out dozens of bakers/chefs/artisans every year into Hawaii’s most delicious industries.

And as if you need another reason to go out and try good foods, this fifth annual event also contributes to the state’s economic development and sustainability. You’ll be supporting local businesses, including the mom-and-pop ones that often get overlooked, and helping the concept of farm-to-table come full circle for future generations to come.

RESTAURANT WEEK HAWAII • Nov. 12-18, 2012 • www.restaurantweekhawaii.com


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