Restaurant Week 2018: Bigger And Better Than Ever

  • The Riviera Nayarit’s presence in the 14th gastronomic festival is stronger than ever; the event will take place from May 15-June 10 in the region’s restaurants.

The fourteenth edition of Restaurant Week 2018 will take place from May 15ththrough June 10th with the participation of 59 restaurants located in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit; this culinary festival is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group.

During a press conference held at the Tuna Blanca Restaurant in Punta de Mita the organizers announced that starting this year the event will be extended for an additional 10 days so attendees could have a greater opportunity to enjoy the culinary variety offered by area restaurants.

Of note is the increase in participation of Riviera Nayarit restaurants, with seven in this 14th edition—two more than in the previous year. This increase echoes the success of Restaurant Week, as this year the number of participants was also greater than when it began in 2005. The previous participant record was set in 2012 at 45 restaurants.

“We’re very pleased to be breaking participation records and it’s a sign of the upcoming success of this year’s event,” commented event Coordinator Juan Pablo Hernández.

The press conference included the presence of chef Thierry Blouet, owner of the host restaurant and the Café des Artistes; Luis Mendoza, Operations Manager for Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group; Sandra Muñoz, Marketing Director for the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust; Jesús Carmona Jiménez, President of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB); Dinorah Fonseca, Account Executive at Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group; and René García, representative of event sponsor Primera Piedra Vinos de Chile.

“The quality of the dishes and the history of Restaurant Week attest to its importance. It showcases the gourmet excellence present in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit,” commented Jesús Carmona Jiménez, President of the AHMBB.

The press conference included the presence of event coordinators, chef, and sponsors.
Thierry Blouet added: “I want to extend my congratulations to Restaurant Week, a project that has been very successful in the bay area thanks to its joint promotion with the restaurants, which has served to attract many dinner guests and strengthened the destination. The idea behind the event is for people to come enjoy a great restaurant meal at a lower price, which could be up to 40 percent off. It’s an excellent price.”

How does Restaurant Week Work?
During the festival the participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus (appetizer, entrée, and dessert), with three options for each at a fixed price (not including beverages or tip). This year there will be three price categories for the menus: $269, $399 and $466 pesos. The menu and the price category for each restaurant will be posted on the website.

The 59 participating restaurants this year include: Agrodolce, Ambrosia Grill, Archie’s Wok, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro by Memo Wulff, Boccon Di Vino, Café des Artistes Puerto Vallarta, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick’s, Da Simone, De Cántaro, Di Vino Dante, Eishan Oriental Cuisine, El Arrayan, Florios, Fusion Gourmet, Gaby’s Restaurant Bar, Gaviotas, Hacienda San Angel, India Gate, Kaiser Maximilian, Katana Sushi & Bar, La Cappella, La Cigale French Bistro, La Leche, La Pancha, La Trattoria, Layla’s Restaurante, Mamá Sirena. Mark’s Bar & Grill, Matiz, Mérida Grill, Mikado, Nicksan, No Way José!, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Pezlimon, Pizzeria La Dolce, Porto Bello, Restaurante Icú, River Café, Roberto’s Mexican Seafood, Sapori Di Sicilia, Seasons P.V., Serrano’s Meat House, Sí Señor Beach, Sushi Pop, Taste Restaurant @ Casa Cúpula, Teresa Bar & Bistro, The Blue Shrimp, The Iguana, The Swedes, Tintoque, Trio Mediterranean, Tuna Blanca, Vallarta Factory, Vitea Oceanfront Bistro and Warique Restaurante.

New restaurants on the list this year include: Agrodolce, Ambrosia Grill, Azafrán, Da Simone, De Cántaro, Eishan Oriental Cuisine, La Cappella, La Pancha, La Trattoria, Katana Sushi & Bar, Mamá Sirena, Matiz, Restaurante Icú, Sapori Di Sicilia, Sushi Pop, Teresa Bar & Bistro, Vallarta Factory and Warique Restaurante.

The facts:
Restaurant Week began in 2005 with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust and sponsored by Primera Piedra Vinos de Chile. It was inspired by the culinary events that take place in important tourism destinations around the world.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) continue to publicize the region jointly, reinforcing its promotion and helping position Mexico’s Pacific Treasure on the world culinary map, with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

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