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Alabama Restaurant Week kicks off Saturday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Restaurants around the state are wrapping up preparations for Alabama Restaurant Week.  This inaugural event that showcases locally owned restaurant kicks off tomorrow.

Restaurant week is about giving diners a chance to sample some of the state's best food.  Alabama is know for its Southern culinary cuisine, from Chris' hot dogs and Dreamland BBQ in Montgomery to fresh seafood in Gulf Shores.

Restaurant week is being held in conjunction with the Year of Alabama Food, giving restaurants the chance to show off their signature dishes, attract new customers and reward their repeat customers with specials they'll be offering all week.

Restaurants in Alabama are a huge part of tourism for the state and it's often what defines an experience when tourists visit a city, especially when they visit restaurants that are unique to that city. 

Dawn Hathcock with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce says, "here in the South, we're known for our Southern cuisine.  And to be able to showcase that is a great opportunity for us.  When you go out of town you want to go to unique places and you want to taste the flavor of the city, if you will.  And this is a great opportunity to showcase some of those venues.  They're all offering specials, the participating restaurants are, so it gives you a chance to get a special deal, as well as try the unique flavor of Montgomery."

Michael Bertozzi, executive chef at Central Restaurant in Montgomery says food lovers are in for a real treat this week.  "when I lived in Atlanta, all the restaurants in Atlanta participated in Atlanta Restaurant Week.  It's always a big thing to kind of showcase what you're doing in the city and what the chefs are doing in the city, especially with this being the year of Alabama Food and trying to revitalize the whole food culture in Alabama, its a big thing going on and we're excited to be a part of it.  I think it's going to be really good for all the restaurants and all the local businesses."

Alabama Restaurant Week runs tomorrow through August 26th. 

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