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Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Val’s cooks up specials for Restaurant Week

By Sandy Meindersma CORRESPONDENT

Val James, owner of Val’s Restaurant, Holden, has created a special menu for Restaurant Week.

(T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)

HOLDEN — Worcester’s Restaurant Week is heading to the suburbs. Val’s Restaurant on Reservoir Street is one of the nearly 50 restaurants participating in the event, and one of only a few not located in the city.

Aug. 3-14, patrons at any of the participating restaurants can choose a three-course dinner from a prix fixe (fixed-price) menu for $20.09 that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. The price, if you hadn’t noticed, is in honor of 2009.

Valerie James, Val’s owner, said that while most of her regular menu offers items for less than $20, she and her staff have developed a special menu for the week.

“We’re really excited to be participating in Restaurant Week,” Ms. James said. “We chose a beef, a pasta and a seafood entrée for the week.”

Ms. James said the beef is black diamond beef tips, with caramelized butter, mushrooms and onions, served with sweet potato fries. The pasta features sautéed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes served over fettuccine with a vodka pesto sauce with pecorino cheese grated on top. The seafood offering is salmon served with tomatoes and a basil vinaigrette sauce.

For appetizers, Val’s is offering a capri salad, also known as a caprese salad, with beefsteak tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, as well as Alaskan crab cakes and fried calamari.

To top everything off, there is apple crisp, made on-site with ice cream and homemade caramel sauce, strawberry cheesecake, or frozen sherbet with a strawberry sauce.

Ms. James said the restaurant is also offering a martini special, to help everyone get into the celebration mind-set.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said.

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