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* What diners want. Emerging trends at the National Restaurant Association show, revealed. [Crain’s]

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* Desserts that should be deserted. One pastry chef shares five sweets she’d rather not see again. [Phoenix New Times]

* How rude! Boston restaurateurs dish on the diners they’d like to 86. [Boston GlobeContinue Reading

Gabby Gourmet Guide Celebrates Denver Restaurant Week with New Mobile App

Dining out in Denver? Don't leave your phone -- and the Gabby Gourmet app -- at home!

Arriving in conjunction with Denver Restaurant Week, Pat Miller, aka The Gabby Gourmet, has released a new mobile app to complement the latest — and 25th Anniversary Edition — of Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide 2011. A comprehensive resource to Colorado’s food and restaurant culture, Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide is penned by Miller, the doyenne of the Denver dining scene. She hosts a successful radio program, makes regular appearances on television, and writes about restaurants for numerous publications, in addition to raising money for charity. We talked to her about Denver Restaurant Week and her new app.

What made you decide to release a mobile app for your guide?

Well, the Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide is in its 25th year, and Hero Design Studio decided I should do an app. They’ve been working on it for a year, and everyone in town is having a ball talking about it. It’s literally my guide on the go! My favorite thing so far is the ‘Places Near Me’ feature. It locates you and tells you what’s close by along with price points and ratings. It’s great for when you’re out on the town. The reservations are powered by OpenTable, in fact!

We’re so pleased to be able to support it! And it’s here at the same time as Denver Restaurant Week. I was actually just shocked to learn that even though it’s just seven years young, Denver Restaurant Week (or, rather, weeks!) is the biggest in the country!

It is! It’s the biggest restaurant week in the country and it’s great. The restaurants are mobbed. The people are super. And, yes, it’s weeks, too, whether you approve or not. In fact, there are restaurants who’d like to do restaurant year! The demand to dine out is so great that even those that don’t participate do well!

What’s the level of the dishes the restaurants are putting out?

The restaurants are doing great dinners! They’re are really into it.  Kevin Taylor has a menu of six or seven fabulous choices for each course. Strings is doing four courses, and they’re really going out with shrimp and salmon and steak and lamb. And, this makes it so you really do want to go back to the restaurants time and again.

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Winter Restaurant Weeks: AC, Buckhead, DC, Denver, MSP and the OC!

Winter-Restaurant-WeeksMaybe the folks from Orange County, California, aren’t sick of winter, but I’m pretty sure the rest of us are. The good news, aside from spring’s arrival on March 20, is that winter restaurant weeks are still happening across the nation.

Denver Restaurant Week runs through Friday, March 5 as does Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week. Orange County Restaurant Week continues until Saturday, March 6 — along with  Atlantic City Restaurant Week. Washington, D.C.’s Restaurants Unleashed Week began today and goes through Sunday, March 7. And over in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, their first restaurant week starts on Saturday and ends on March 14.

Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of some of the tastiest days of a long winter. And keep checking back for news on upcoming restaurant weeks in the months to come.