Think Iowa City Restaurant Week introduces passport, food drive

25 restaurants will participate in Think Iowa City's 2023 Restaurant Week. CREDIT THINK IOWA CITY.

Think Iowa City’s 2023 Restaurant Week is shifting back to its roots, after pandemic changes in past years, with the introduction of the “IC Foodie Passport.”

Consumers will be tracking their participation in Restaurant Week from Feb. 18 until Feb. 27 with the IC Foodie Passport. Customers who dine out or order from the prix-fixe menu at participating restaurants will receive a stamp on their passport. 

Participants who receive three or more stamps on their passport will be entered in the grand prize drawing, which consists of gift cards from area restaurants. The passport will be available at the Think Iowa City office at 900 First Ave. in Coralville and participating restaurants.

The passport is different from 2022’s ICFoodie Pass, which was downloadable and remained on participating customers’ phones. 

Additionally, Think Iowa City has implemented the Foodie Fillanthropy food drive. Non-perishable food donations are being accepted through the month of February at the Think Iowa City office. Think Iowa City will distribute the food to the Coralville Community Food Pantry, North Liberty Community Pantry and CommUnity Crisis Services.

The week-long celebration of all things culinary in Johnson County will bring life and creativity back to the foodie scene as a part of the county’s Foodie February celebration. The 25 participating restaurants will offer guests a prix-fixe menu for lunch, dinner, or both. 

This year’s week has fewer restaurant participants after 2022’s record-breaking 56 participants.

The week will conclude with the Iowa City Downtown District’s event, Top Chef Downtown on Monday, on Feb. 27.