FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) - It's time to feast in the Fox Valley as Restaurant Tour Week kicks off. The event was in jeopardy after Restaurant Week organizers decided to take this summer off to regroup and plan better for next year. Restaurants then decided to band together to feed the foodies.
Multi-course, fixed price lunches and dinners are being served at more than twenty restaurants throughout the Fox Valley as part of Restaurant Tour Week that kicks off today.
"A lot of excitement out there right now, that we're hearing about, that's what it's all about. The restaurants are excited, guests in the Fox Valley are excited so we're ready to go," says Scott Roekle from Fox River Brewery.
It was the restaurants that came together to organize the six day feast after the annual Restaurant Week event was put on hold this year. The less formal organization was appealing to some first time restaurant participants.
Matt Fronsee owns Millstone Bierhuis in Little Chute. He says, "I thought about doing it in year's past, this was the first year that I actually went ahead and did it. I like that it's more on the grassroots side as opposed to be a big organized event. Seems like a lot of interest so far from people so I'm kind of curious to see what the turnout is."
And for the first lunch meal today, people turned out because the restaurant tour is something they're taking seriously.
Angela Kemp, a diner from Appleton says, "We researched the menus for about 45 minutes last night, actually, decide what lunch we can do, what dinner we can do and make sure it fits in our schedule."
For both the diners like Lori Haack of Little Chute who says, "I think it's fun to try new places and that's why we're here today for lunch."
And the restaurants, Fronsee adds, "We have a lot of cool new stuff on our menu that people haven't seen yet so it's a good opportunity to showcase some of that stuff."
Tour Week gives them an opportunity to try new places and things. But as word spreads about the deals and the delicacies, restaurants encourage diners to make reservations.