Knoxville Restaurant Week 2012: Great Food For A Great Cause

knoxvillerestaurantweek2012Knoxville Restaurant Week 2012 is almost upon us. It is a great opportunity for Knoxville residents to get out, try a new restaurant, and benefit a great cause.

Knoxville Restaurant Week starts on Sunday, February 26th and runs through Friday, March 2nd. It helps raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed over 158,000 hungry people each month in their 18 county area. Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to feeding the hungry through church pantries, group homes, shelters, and local kitchens. It also helps serve KARM, Loves Kitchen and the Salvation Army.

There are over 40 restaurants participating in Knoxville Restaurant Week 2012. Each restaurant will serve a specific menu that ranges between $25 and $35. Each meal includes a soup or salad, a main course, and a dessert. Customers get to enjoy a great three course meal at a much lower price, while $5 from each meal goes to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Here are a few sample menus from participating Knoxville Restaurants:

31 Bistro
Starter: Spinach Salad with confee duck, pears, blue cheese and bacon vinaigrette
Entree: Oven roasted chicken served with butter braised fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, and peas with a chicken reduction sauce
Dessert: Fried apple fritters with cinnamon sauce and vanilla bean ice cream
Cost: $35

Warm bread and choice off salad off the salad bar
Entree: Includes 12 cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage. Three traditional Brazilian side dishes will be served as family style
Dessert: Papaya Cream, Strawberry Cream or Brazilian Flan
Cost: $35

Nama Sushi Bar
Starter: Choice of Miso Soup, Cucumber Salad or Edamame
Entree: Choice of Soy Joy Roll, Crispy Veggie Roll or The Bowl (with choice of tofu or pork tenderloin)
Dessert: Choice of Chocolate Truffle or Mochi
Cost: $25

These are just a few of the participating restaurants, be sure to check out the full list of menus here.

What restaurants do you plan on trying for Knoxville Week 2012?