TUCSON  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  More than 40 restaurants throughout metropolitan Tucson will be serving three-course meals at special prices during Arizona Restaurant Week, Sept. 18 until the 26.

This is the second time Arizona Restaurant Week has taken place in the region and the third year the metropolitan Phoenix has hosted the event.

The Arizona Restaurant Association introduced the nine-day event to Arizona to entice diners to try some of the region’s finest cuisine at a set price, which will be $19, $29 or $39 per person, excluding tax and tip. Some restaurants are including an alcoholic beverage in the fixed price.

“Arizona Restaurant Week is an enjoyable way to dine out in and around Tucson without breaking the bank,” said Steve Chucri, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Restaurant Association. “With so many local restaurants offering a variety of delicious cuisines, there is definitely a delicious experience awaiting everyone.”

Arizona Restaurant Week also has created an extensive social media presence, with regular updates about the event being posted on the Facebook (www.facebook.com/arizonarestaurantweek) Twitter (www.twitter.com/azrestaurantwk) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/AZRestaurantWeek) platforms.

Diners can even find out insider tips about participating restaurants and their menu offerings on the restaurant week’s new Foursquare account (www.foursquare.com/user/azrestaurantwk), which is a location-based social networking website that is gaining popularity.

“Our guests and restaurants are becoming extremely active with social media and we want them to be able to find out all the latest news and information about Arizona Restaurant Week in a way they prefer,” said Sara Anderson, marketing and events manager for the Arizona Restaurant Association.

For more information about Arizona Restaurant Week, visit http://www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.

About the Arizona Restaurant Association

Dedicated to educating Arizona’s restaurant industry as the leading resource for information regarding the industry’s latest trends, management techniques and regulations, the Arizona Restaurant Association serves as the legislative liaison for Arizona’s restaurants representing the interests of more than 11,000 foodservice establishments at the state legislature, county governments and municipalities. For more information, visit http://www.azrestaurant.org or call 888-661-DINE (3463).