Foodies rejoice! Claremont to kick off Restaurant Week

 Claremont will celebrate its second annual Restaurant Week this Monday, July 14 through Sunday, July 20. In recent years, Claremont has become a foodie’s dream destination, with over 80 restaurants offering a variety of different culinary styles. So it’s no surprise that visitors are flocking to get a taste.

“Claremont Restaurant Week will showcase the stellar chefs, delicious menus and outstanding restaurants that make up the Claremont culinary scene,” Maureen Aldridge, CEO of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce said.

Last year, Claremont restaurant owners dipped their toes into the fast-growing culture of restaurant weeks. The response was immense and brought in culinary enthusiasts from near and far. Some restaurants found themselves under-prepared for the demand and had to recalibrate for this year’s event.

Currently, 22 restaurants will be participating, each offering lunch and dinner selections priced from $10 to $40. Visitors will get to try new establishments like Bardot, a French eatery that will offer unique dishes like chilled cucumber soup and oxtail ravioli. They will also get to enjoy some Village favorites like Aruffo’s Italian Cuisine, Walter’s Restaurant and Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine. But not all good food is prepared in the Village. Hungry patrons can visit establishments like Euro Café on Base Line Road in the Vons Shopping Center or Pappas Artisanal, La Verne’s popular new wood-fire rotisserie restaurant located on D Street.

For guests looking to make a night of it, many of the participating restaurants will be having additional entertainment and specials available. On July 17, Pizza n’ Such will be having a Ritual brewing tap takeover from 6 to 9 p.m. Packing House Wines will be offering wine pairings to accompany their special menus throughout the week and a number of restaurants will be featuring live music.

To find out more, check out this Friday’s Claremont COURIER for a special section dedicated to Restaurant Week. To see full menus, visit the chamber website.

J&J will also be attending the chamber's Restaurant Week mixer this Thursday and will report back with insider tips and which restaurants you can't miss.