Back by Popular Demand, Inland Empire Restaurant Week Returns Oct. 17 with More Restaurants, More Communities and a Special Sneak-Peek Black-Tie Event

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A successful kickoff event in the spring prompted the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau to launch a second event in the fall.

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We saw a huge increase in reservations from the moment IE Restaurant Week was announced.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week returns to Riverside and San Bernardino counties Oct. 17-26 with more dining establishments from more communities, reflecting a wider variety of delicious opportunities to explore new eateries and enjoy some old favorites.

A growing number of new communities will be represented at the second Inland Empire Restaurant Week, including Redlands, Corona, Yucaipa, Fontana, Wildomar, Montclair, Cherry Valley, San Bernardino, Mentone, Perris, Chino and La Verne. A number of cities, such as Claremont and Temecula, have more than doubled the number of restaurants participating.

More than 100 restaurants are taking part in the second Inland Empire Restaurant Week this fall, and the numbers keep growing.

There are no tickets, passes or coupons required. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant for high-end meals at set prices.

Multi-course lunch menus will be offered at $10, $15, or $20. Dinners will be offered at $20, $30 or $40. For a listing of participating restaurants and menu offerings – searchable by price and community – visit http://www.InlandEmpireRestaurantWeek.com. Restaurants can sign up at http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/dont-get-left-behind.

On opening night, Oct. 17, enjoy IERW at any of the participating restaurants throughout the Inland Empire, or attend a special black-tie red carpet kick-off event at the at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario. The 18th annual Vintner’s Gala – a longstanding formal black-tie tradition of the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with Inland Empire Restaurant Week and the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau will feature local wineries and breweries along with specialty foods served by many of the great dining establishments participating in Inland Empire Restaurant Week. Visit http://www.ranchochamber.org/pages/AnnualVintnersGala for information.

Thousands of new customers visited participating restaurants in more than 20 communities during the inaugural event March 21-30. Restaurants reported increased sales of up to 30 percent as new customers visited their establishments to take advantage of the specialty menus offered at fixed prices.

“We saw a huge increase in reservations from the moment IE Restaurant Week was announced,” said Rosie O’Connor, chef/owner of Provecho Grill in the city of Menifee. “We doubled our covers during the dining period and had many new customers who were so excited that we were participating!”

Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, organizers of Inland Empire Restaurant Week, said everyone was thrilled with the response to what was the very first regional restaurant week for the region.

“Every corner of the Inland Empire was represented in our first event, which is why we are moving forward with a second Restaurant Week this fall,” Krouse said. “I.E. Restaurant Week provides restaurants with a unique opportunity to attract new customers, and gives diners the chance to enjoy restaurants they’ve never experienced before.”

About Inland Empire Restaurant Week
Inland Empire Restaurant Week (IERW) is a nonprofit dining program created and managed by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and the local restaurant community. This dynamic event showcases the variety of culinary talent in the Inland Empire from traditional and ethnic, to modern and chef-inspired found in this diverse dining scene. IERW hopes to encourage diners to try new restaurants, visit old favorites and help boost the economic impact of dining establishments throughout the region. Visit http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com for updates on the program.

About the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau provides groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and beyond. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario CVB will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit http://www.discoverontariocalifornia.org.

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