TRAVERSE CITY — More than two dozen restaurants will be participating in what promises to be one of the most delicious weeks of the winter when the third annual Traverse City Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday, Feb. 24, and runs through March 2.
Hosted by the Downtown Traverse City Association, Restaurant Week will have participating restaurants offering diners three-course meals for $25 per person.
Many of the menus are created specially for the event.
“Restaurant Week will offer the opportunity for patrons to explore new dining establishments or enjoy their favorites,” said Colleen Paveglio, DDA/DTCA marketing director. “It makes an affordable night out for a couple.”
This year several new restaurants will be participating, including Om Cafe, which opened in July of last year on Lake St. in the former Loading Dock bar location.
“This is our first Restaurant Week and we’re looking forward to it,” said Ryan McManus, one of the owners of Om.
Om offers an array of foods for the vegan and vegetarian as well as those with food allergies. McManus calls it “tasty, healthy food for anyone.”
They will not only offer diners a choice of regular menu items, but some new ones as well.
“We want to offer a couple of our staples to people who haven’t been in so that they can get a sense of our food,” explained McManus.
Diners can chose from the Buddhist Priest Stir-fry, an Om favorite that features sautéed veggies, tamari with either soba noodles or organic brown rice or Seitan Stroganoff, a combination of mushrooms, peas, goat cheese, meritage wine and egg pappardelle.
Just for the week, diners can also try an adzuki black bean cake with whipped yams, sautéed kale and a ginger cream.
Josh Vinocur, executive chef at Sorellina and Harrington’s by the Bay, has been busy creating special menu items for the week-long event. This is also Sorellina’s first Restaurant Week. The semi-fine Italian restaurant opened in May 2012 on Park St.