Nearly 20 local restaurants are participating in the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant Week, which starts Sunday and runs through Friday.
Many of Westport's established restaurants and a few new ones are participating in the promotion. The chamber said the week-long event offered diners an opportunity to sample new places and revisit favorites with what it called "value pricing."
Participating restaurants are offering fixed-price dinners for $19.99 and $29.99. Some, but not all, also will feature fixed-price lunches for $9.99 and $15.99, the chamber said.
Through tie-ins with Westport not-for-profit organizations, diners can enter a napkin-doodling contest -- your napkin could end up in an art show -- get reduced-price theater tickets and contribute food for local needy.
"Our restaurants are a vital part of our community," Lisa Parrelli Gray, the chamber's executive director and president, said in a news release. "Supporting Restaurant Week will enhance the businesses and the nonprofits partnering with them in 2012."
The chamber recommended making reservations during Restaurant Week, although they are not required to order fixed-price meals. Not all participating restaurants are offering fixed-price lunches, so the chamber recommended that diners call ahead to check.
Restaurant patrons with an artistic flair -- and scribblers, too -- can enter the Westport Arts Center Doodle Contest. Special napkins for doodling are being provided by the arts center and chamber, and entries will be exhibited at the art center when it hosts a chamber function in October.
Nonperishable food items for the Gillespie Food Pantry will be collected at each participating restaurant. Each will have a bin into which diners can drop donations.
At participating restaurants, diners also will receive coupons good for $10 off tickets to the Westport Country Playhouse production of "A Raisin in the Sun."
A list of participating restaurants may be viewed at the chamber's website: www.westportwestonchamber.com -- click on "Events," then on "Chamber Events."
WESTPORT RESTAURANT WEEK
What: Fixed-price dinners at 18 Westport restaurants; fixed-price lunches at some.
When: Sunday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 5.
Prices: Dinners, $19.99 and $29.99; lunches, $9.99 and $15.99
Info: www.westportwestonchamber.com ... click on "Events," then on "Chamber Events."