Homepage_S2013_AnnouncedPittsburgh, PA, March 20, 2013:  On this first day of spring, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is pleased to announce that the region will celebrate the next celebration from August 12-18, 2013.  Pittsburgh Restaurant Week – Summer 2013 will focus on highlighting Pittsburgh food and restaurants through fine dining, fresh harvests, outdoor seating and special diets.

The decision to add the theme of “special diets” to the summer celebration stems from feedback from both patrons and restaurants.  Whether today’s diners are seeking special dietary options for health benefits or for medical necessity, restaurant week will serve as a platform for restaurants to promote their ability to accommodate diners with these special dietary requests.  Pittsburgh Restaurant Week has partnered with Brazen Kitchen’s Leah Lizarondo to have dishes analyzed against special dietary criteria.  For instance, dishes which conform to American Heart Association guidelines of less than 35% of total calories from fat, 7% of calories from saturated fat and contain zero unsaturated (trans) fat will be granted a “Low Fat” rating.  Other special diet categories being promoted include the incorporation of gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or low carbohydrate options into restaurant week specials.

In the fourth restaurant week celebration under the direction of Brian McCollum, the next installment of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week will again host a series of special events along with the dining week – a public Kickoff Party prior to the week, a special food blogger invitational dinner during restaurant week and a private Wrap Party with the participating restaurants owners/chefs.  A listing of other events hosted at participating restaurants will be available on the community events page of the restaurant week website.

Restaurants interested in participating in the summer 2013 celebration can take advantage of easy, online registration through the event website at no cost until May 31, 2013, a $150 savings.  Restaurants are encouraged to take this opportunity to reinforce their bonds with the community and celebrate the burgeoning food culture in Pittsburgh.

The complete list of participating restaurants and their dining deals will be announced on June 1, 2013.  For more information, visit pittsburghrestaurantweek.com/pghrestaurantwk.

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