Celebrate the City’s Finest Culinary Experiences
By Tara Gary
Each December, I take the time to transfer birthdays and anniversaries from my old wall calendar to my new one. There’s something satisfying about revisiting each month and recollecting the events of the past year. I do get mocked by many for continuing to refer to this age-old, outdated source for reference when I can simply put all my information in my phone (which I also do). But there is something comforting to me about glancing at my wall calendar each morning when I grab my first cup of coffee. Every month has something for me to look forward to.
Speaking of which, glancing at my current calendar, I am especially excited to celebrate the largest restaurant week in the metro Atlanta area—Roswell Restaurant Week. In its sixth consecutive year, Roswell Restaurant Week returns Monday, January 20 through Wednesday, January 29. This year 42 restaurants will participate in this fine culinary experience. However, this does present a dilemma. The difficult decision of choosing which of these remarkable restaurants to dine during this ten-day event. I would love for this to be a month and 11-day event.
What makes Roswell Restaurant Week different from others, you may ask? Each participating restaurant will offer prix fixe menus featuring signature favorites and original specialties. For those who aren’t familiar with the term prix fixe, it is a French term meaning “fixed price.” Restaurants will offer complete course meals (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner) at a fixed price. It’s the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurants and discover new ones. If you’d like to see the prix fixe menus prior to the event, they are available at RoswellRW.com.
This genius approach to promote the abundant culinary talents of Roswell is presented by Roswell Inc. Many people have asked me about Roswell Inc’s role for the city. Roswell Inc is the economic and business development organization for the City of Roswell. They promote growth for the city by serving as “a catalyst for a sustainable, innovative, and vibrant business community in the city.” This organization is comprised of many local business owners and leaders in our community who strive to make Roswell greater than it already is. “This event is designed to support one of the city’s top industries, hospitality and restaurants, while also building Roswell’s reputation as a top destination in the region for food and culinary entrepreneurs,” responded Carisa Turner, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Roswell Inc.
I have spoken with many chefs involved in restaurant week over the past several years. The conclusion from our conversations is simple. The participating restaurants are not competing against one another—they are part of a large family of truly talented culinary artisans. Fulfilling their individual dreams and supporting one another, they all strive to make Roswell a flavorfully unique destination to dine and enjoy with family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Roswell Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to take advantage of exceptional menus created exclusively for these ten days. If there is ever a time for your oven to have a glitch of some sort, I suggest it start on January 20. My kitchen has a continuous complication—I live within walking distance of Canton Street. That in itself is a worthy excuse to ditch my appliances and seek the expertise of those trained to tease my taste buds in this savory city.
Happy New Year and bon appétit!
When not writing, Roswell resident Tara Gary is busy making industrial furniture, charcuterie boards, and local art. Most nights she can be found with her friends at local breweries and pubs drinking craft beer.
Cover Image: Calabera brownie from Fresco Cantina Grille. Image courtesy of Roswell Inc.