The eighth annual edition of Restaurant Week to take place May 15 - 31 was officially announced to local members of the press through a conference held at Lobo Lui’s BBQ Shack, one of this year’s participating restaurants. As in year’s past, Restaurant Week’s goal is to promote our destination’s broad gastronomic variety through participating restaurants, each of which offers three-course menus with three options per course, at $189 or $299 pesos per person (tips and drinks not included).

45 restaurants are participating in this year's event, with an unprecedented 13 restaurants participating for the first time. Among them, Lobo Lui’s BBQ Shack, who graciously hosted the press conference, offering attendees a taste of their unique and affordable Texas-style offerings. “We’ve been open for less than a year, but are very excited to participate in an event that will undoubtedly get many visitors and locals to sample our menu,” commented owner Doug Roche, who along with his wife, Ruth, oversees the eatery.

Also present at the press conference were representatives of the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club. The recently formed non-profit has been pivotal in the city-wide transformation of planters located in public places, primarily along Basilio Badillo, Insurgentes, and Avenida México. Next year, the organization will hold the first-ever Bougainvillea Festival in Puerto Vallarta, to take place alongisde Restaurant Week 2013. “Cities like Washington, DC have thrived thanks to cultural festivals such as the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival,” commented PVGC President, Suzanne Kirkpatrick, who along with Vice-President Bob Price and Treasurer Carlos Mendoza attended the press conference. “By partnering with Restaurant Week and creating a brand-new cultural event for Puerto Vallarta that focuses on a beautiful, native flower, we hope to turn the month of May into an increasingly appealing month for tourists and locals to visit and enjoy Puerto Vallarta.”

Restaurant Week is proudly sponsored by Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Bureau (FIDETUR), Riviera Nayarit and local newspaper, Vallarta Opina.

 Pictured above: L-R: Lobo Lui's BBQ Shack owners, Doug and Ruth Roche; Nora Ocegueda, PV Tourism Bureau Public Relations; Bob Price, Puerto Vallarta Garden Club; Paco Ojeda, Restaurant Week Coordinator, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group