Don't forget to mark your calendars for both Downtown Dining Week and Winterfest.
It was great to see that Dining Week was successful last year - even getting expanded an extra 2 weeks. This year, the event will run Monday, February 15th to Saturday, February 27th. Just a sample of the participating restaurants include Black Olive, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, J Ryan's, Lemon Grass, Syracuse Suds Factory and Wise Guys Comedy Club. The selected restaurants will offer three courses for $25 or less. More information will be posted at www.downtownsyracuse.com when it becomes available.
Also, the 25th Anniversary Winterfest will be February 11th to the 21st. There's tons of things to do for people of all ages including a few food-related activities like cook-offs and cocktail competitions. Last year's winners include OC's Bar & Grill for best entree, PJ's Pub & Grill for best appetizer, Water Street Cafe for best dessert and Empire Brewing Co winning the Burger Bounce, Martini, and Cosmopolitan mix-off competitions. More information is available at the official Winterfest website.
I just missed the chili cook-off last year. I'm hoping I get a chance to check it out this time.