Birmingham Restaurant Week returns with plans to give back

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 22, 2014

BIRMINGHAM — Right about now, many of us are giving up on our New Year’s resolutions to get our waistlines in check with skimpy, boring diet plans.

Good. Because the ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week starts next week, giving foodies a chance to indulge in some of the area’s best eats for a locked-in low price.

From Jan. 27-31 and Feb. 3-7, 17 local restaurants will offer guests three-course lunch menus for $15 and three-course dinner menus for $30. The event has been wildly popular in years past, according to restaurant insiders.

“We get a lot of people who come out,” said Gerry Dubuque, bartender at Café Via. “The price point gives them a chance to try different things they normally wouldn’t.”

New to this year’s restaurant week is a silent auction that will be offered Jan. 27-Feb. 7. Birmingham retailers have donated a variety of items to be bid on, which can be seen on the event website. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Charles A. Main M.D. Pediatric Cancer Survivor Scholarship Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital and the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Long-term Follow-up Clinic.

John Heiney is the executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, which organizes restaurant week each year. He said he’s happy to be able to integrate the charitable aspect of the fun food celebration this year, especially to benefit these two worthy organizations.

“We’re pleased to incorporate such an impactful charity component into this year’s event,” said Heiney in a prepared statement. “Whether you work in Birmingham, live here or simply enjoy visiting, there are menu items for everyone, with a wide variety of offerings during restaurant week.”

The Main fund helps to offer advanced education for young cancer survivors, and the follow-up clinic awards treatment scholarships to children and their families who need help paying for the costs associated with the long-term effects of cancer treatment. After all, the American Cancer Society claims that advanced cancer treatments can give young cancer patients the chance to survive their disease, but the battle against cancer can cause ongoing health problems that might not show up until months or even years after treatment has ended.

Among the eateries slated to participate in this year’s event are Café Via, Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro, Toast, Social Kitchen & Bar, Streetside Seafood, and more.

For more information, including a full list of participating restaurants and auction items, visit