We are lucky to live in a community with lots of great local restaurants. I love trying new restaurants around the Quad Cities, and my husband and I often pick a “new to us” place to try on date nights.

Of course, being the deal seeker that I am, it’s even better if the restaurant has some kind of promotion or coupon to save us money, which is why I’m so excited for Quad Cities Restaurant Week!

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 6th annual Quad Cities Restaurant Week takes place from February 26 to March 4, with restaurant deals from over 30 local restaurants. It began as a way to increase business for local restaurants, giving customers the opportunity to try a new place, or go to an old favorite, with some special deals.

Restaurants offer $7-10 lunches and $15-$30 multi-course dinners. Participating restaurants are listed here and restaurants will be adding their meal options in coming days. All you have to do is mention the special “Restaurant Week” promotion to your server.

Last year for restaurant week, we went to Thunder Bay Grille and had a really tasty multi-course dinner for a great price. We don’t often go to Thunder Bay Grille, so when I saw the promotion, I knew it was time to head back there again. I’m excited to look for a new restaurant and new meal option to try this year.

Even better, this year, to kick off Quad Cities Restaurant Week, Chef Battle, presented by Social Power Hour launches its first Quad Cities live cooking competition

When: Thursday, February 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center

What: Chefs will battle to create the best dish in one hour. The Social Power Hour Facebook events page has listed several chefs who will compete.The event includes live entertainment, samples from the chefs, voting ballot for crowd’s favorite, and 2 sponsored drink tickets.

Get tickets here.

Partial proceeds benefit the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. Chef Battle is sponsors include Isle of Capri, Iowa Pork Producers, Boxed Water, and Food News Today.

I’ve been to Social Power Hour events, and I can tell you that you don’t want to miss this event. It will be a lot of fun, so make it a date night and bring your friends.  If you’d like more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit Social Power Hour.

I saved the best for last.

Social Power Hour is giving away two tickets to a lucky Quad City Moms Blog reader!

To enter, visit The Quad City Moms Blog Facebook Page and share who you’d bring and why you’d love to attend.

Good luck!

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