Fall means the return of one of Boulder’s most delicious events. The 14th annual First Bite, Boulder County’s Restaurant Week, has folks gathering at tables all around town for eagerly anticipated three-course prix-fixe dinner menus specially created for the event.
From Nov. 8-16, 2019, over 50 of the area’s top restaurants will offer a non-ticketed, three-course prix-fixe dinner menu to guests. This year, under new ownership, First Bite producer Jessica Benjamin is introducing new strategic structural changes, including new price options and a new nonprofit program, to become even more inclusive to its restaurant participants and diners, as well as a stronger community partner.
“Our goal is that First Bite strengthens the community as a whole, just as much as it strengthens the Boulder County restaurant scene. This is more than just about dinner,” says Benjamin. “Every time you go out to eat you’re making a choice with your dollar. We should all be supporting the local small businesses and restaurants that make our towns vibrant and are part of its true character.”
During First Bite, a mix of never-before-featured and old favorite restaurants throughout Boulder County will be offering either a $29 or a $49 per person menu. The new dual price point allows a broader variety of restaurants to show off their culinary creativity within the flexible three-course format.
“We have restaurants really thinking outside the box and getting creative this year. We have a few giving diners with a more behind-the-scenes access with a progressive dinner and property tour, others are ordering specialty ingredients from local farmers that are extremely hard to source” shares Benjamin.
It will also give diners the opportunity to connect with other facets of the community. On Tuesday, November 12, diners can participate in “Two on Tuesday” the new non-profit fundraising program aiming to raise awareness and funds for five local non-profits.
“Local restaurants are one of the biggest support networks to the expansive non-profit sector in Boulder,” explains Benjamin. “By including a more direct link to diners, we are highlighting the amazing work these non-profits produce and are supporting the relationship they already have with our restaurant industry. If a diner is so inspired on Tuesday by the featured non-profit that they become a volunteer for them, or donate in a bigger way, that would be incredibly validating. It’s about First Bite facilitating our community to make deeper connections; becoming a more intentional community partner.”
With the lineup of restaurants already participating and a wide variety of styles and cuisines, be sure to find a night or two to experience First Bite. The excitement that builds around a truly unique dining experience — like you would find at a special wine dinner or a special event — gives a buzz and a memory that lingers on you palate.
For 2019, every single night of First Bite will give diners that opportunity to really dive in and experience Boulder County’s world class dining scene. Learn more at firstbiteboulder.com.