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What Are the Pros and Cons of Arizona Restaurant Week?

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail [email protected]

Arizona Restaurant Week, the twice-a-year event put on by the Arizona Restaurant Association, is gearing up for its nine-day fall celebration which runs from Saturday, September 21, to Sunday, September 29, with an estimated 150 restaurants participating.

The goal of Arizona Restaurant Week is twofold: give food lovers a chance to enjoy affordable prix-fixe dinners and stimulate business for the state's restaurants.

But like any ambitious dining event of this size, there are pros and cons -- for both diners and restaurants. This week, I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs to outline what some of those might be. This is what they had to say.