Taste sensation showcase spans city
Taste sensation showcase spans city BY BERNARD HARRIS, Staff Writer
Within a few blocks in downtown Lancaster, the epicurious can sample flavors from Himalayan curry to fish and chips to sushi to pulled pork and homemade ice cream.
"Lancaster's dining scene is just so diverse," said Christopher Trendler, restaurant manager of the Penn Square Grill and Rendezvous Lounge in the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square hotel.
Trendler, joined by other restaurateurs across Lancaster, wants people to sample the diversity of city fare.
Beginning today, some 40 restaurants are participating in Lancaster's first citywide restaurant week.
Through Sunday, participating restaurants are offering fixed-price specials.
"It's been really well received by restaurants and diners," said Trendler, who proposed the event.
Restaurants quickly signed on, and a Facebook page established for the event has gotten more than 1,300 "likes," he said.
"It's a great way to go out and try restaurants that you haven't gone to before," said Jennifer Baker, director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events, which is promoting the event.
Baker said she has been perusing menus to plan her week's gastronomic travels.
"There's a lot of variety, from fine dining to pizza and ice cream," she said.
Trendler said some restaurant owners are being very creative in their offerings. He cited Carmen & David's Creamery, which is offering pints of its homemade ice cream for $2.13 for customers who have spent at least $30 at a participating restaurant.
The price -- 60 percent off the regular price -- is in recognition of the 2013 theme of restaurant week, said David Hommel, who owns Carmen & David's with his wife.
Hommel said most people will come out for dinner during the week, but he wanted to provide something they could take home.
And, if they like it, they'll come back, he said.
"It's good for business. If people come downtown and they like it, they'll come back," he said of the event.
Trendler said the organizers will consider holding a second restaurant week in the fall, and then twice a year as long as the customers want it.
"If there is a demand for it, we'll do it," he said.
A listing of participating restaurants and specials can be found on the restaurant week Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lancastercityrestaurantweek.
nDozens of restaurants are offering diverse specials today through Sunday.