Ready, set, eat.
New Mexico Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday, Feb. 23, and about 70 restaurants around Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos are taking part with special prix-fixe dinners (and even some lunches).
The eight-day affair — now in its fifth year — runs through March 2.
Most participating restaurants are offering a specially priced meal of at least three courses and providing multiple choices per course, according to organizer Michele Ostrove.
Chefs are encouraged to experiment a little, but also to make their standard menu offerings part of the lineup.
“We want people to have a representative experience so that when they go back to that restaurant they can repeat,” said Ostrove, president of Wings Media Network.
About a dozen Albuquerque-area restaurants are slated to participate, and the Duke City lineup leans heavily toward fine dining with participants including Artichoke Cafe, Elaine’s and Savoy.
In Albuquerque, the dinners run $30-$40 per person. You can find the lineup here.
Ostrove said the event is timed to coincide with generally slow stretch for the restaurant industry.
“The interesting thing is we really get people dining out many times in those eight days, and that’s unusual for this time of year,” she said.