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Howard County Announces Start of Summer Restaurant Weeks and Craft Beverages

Sep 19, 2023

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, along with Visit Howard County, have announced the return of the bi-annual Restaurant Weeks and Craft Beverages. The event will span July 17-30 with more than 30 restaurants participating this year. Click here for the full list of participating restaurants. Photos from the event can be found here.

Howard County has an incredibly diverse tapestry of international cuisines. From authentic Korean BBQ and Indian flavors to Italian pasta and farm to table vegan options, everyone is bound to find something that satisfies their taste buds. Now’s the time to grab that friend you haven’t seen in a long time, the family member who wants to try new things but is scared to try, or a colleague to meet over a quick bite and bring them to one of our delicious participating restaurants.

Restaurants will curate special menus that will offer either a bundle of Prix Fixe menus or special menu selections, combos, or family-style meal options. Diners can enjoy from an array of diverse cuisines from Asian fusion to Indian to farm-to-table vegan options and everything in between. Howard County boasts an incredibly diverse community that is reflected in its cuisine options.

"Howard County is home to so many talented chefs and restauranteurs that make our Restaurant Week possible. As a community, it is an opportunity to celebrate the culinary diversity of our county," said Howard County Council Chair Christiana Rigby.

“Everyone will know my secret now. I eat out more than I eat in,” said Deb Jung, Howard County Council representative for District 4. “I’ve been to every one of the District 4 restaurants and they are all fabulous.”

Additionally, four lucky diners will win a $100 gift card from different participating restaurants. Visit Howard County encourages patrons to show their gratitude to restaurant industry workers with simple gestures such as a compliment, practicing patience or tipping up when possible.

“Restaurant Weeks has always been widely popular with visitors and residents alike,” added Amanda Hof, Executive Director for Visit Howard County. “This year, we are especially sensitive to the fact that businesses and consumers are feeling inflation's sting and are supporting both by purchasing four $100 gift cards from different participating restaurants and giving them away to four lucky Restaurant Weeks enthusiasts.”

“Howard County continues to host one of the strongest and most attended restaurant weeks in the state of Maryland,” said Marshall Weston, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland. “The quality and diversity of restaurants has made Howard County a culinary destination for many people.”

"Our restaurants are an important part of our county’s economic and cultural success,” said Jennifer Jones, CEO for Howard County Economic Development Authority. “Restaurant Weeks offers everyone the opportunity to celebrate world-class cuisine and connect with members of the community. Whether you find a participating restaurant you haven’t yet visited or enjoy your favorite, let’s support the growth and sustainability of our local restaurants.” 

“At Howard County Restaurant Weeks, we celebrate the vibrant culinary scene that our county has to offer,” said Leonardo McClarty, President and CEO for the Howard County Chamber, “From delightful farm-to-table establishments to innovative international flavors, our local restaurants take you on a journey like no other. This is a great time to savor the creativity of our talented chefs and support the thriving restaurant community of Howard County."

“As a locally owned, family-run, small business, we always participate in and appreciate Howard County’s Restaurant Weeks,” added Tricia Hudson, Co-Owner of Hudson Coastal Raw Bar & Grille and Board Chair of Visit Howard County. “This is a great time to showcase the smaller restaurants that are the backbone of our economy while allowing food enthusiasts the ability to discover local gems here in our diverse county. There are menus for every taste and type! Summer weather yields some of the best ingredients, so dive in and enjoy the best of our county!"