Downtown Restaurant Week begins in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– When Kyle Patterson creates a meal, he’s trying to make a masterpiece. And this week he’s hoping some new noshers will sample his selections.

“It’s an opportunity for us downtown to bring in some new customers,” says executive chef Kyle Patterson.  “We encourage the staff to treat them extra special because people we haven’t seen before could become regulars, very easily.”

Patterson is the executive chef at Lucas Park Grill off Washington Avenue. His is one of many destinations taking part in downtown restaurant week.

“Nineteen thousand people came down here last year and we’re expecting over 20,000 this year,” says Missy Kelley with the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.

“We have 27 restaurants participating and that’s up from 20 last year.  So it’s a big event, it’s a lot of fun and it also supports a really good cause.”

For $25 you can get a three course meal like Patterson’s shrimp ceviche tacos, panzanella salad with honey basil vinaigrette and fried rabbit and waffles.

But the 9th annual event isn’t just for eateries.

Downtown now is encouraging patrons to consider an extra helping of a $5 donation which will benefit operation food search.

Every $5 spent feeds a family of five.

So you can help a good cause, maybe find a new favorite grill or hideaway and sampling a chef’s showpiece.

“The flavors work like colors work for a painter,” says Patterson.  “I can imagine what I’m doing before I’m doing.  So it works well and it’s kind of fun.”

And for $25 those three courses are a collective work of edible art.

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