(Santa Fe, NM, October 20, 2010) -- After a phenomenally successful debut last year in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico Restaurant Week is back to celebrate its second birthday—with a delicious surprise in store for diners throughout the state.

The event has blossomed into four consecutive, Sunday-to-Sunday celebrations: Taos (February 27th -March 6th), Santa Fe (March 6th-13th), Albuquerque (March 13th-20th) and Las Cruces (March 20th-27th). Participating restaurants in other New Mexico communities will be included in one of these regional Restaurant Weeks. To view the entire list, visit www.nmrestaurantweek.com.

In addition to New Mexico’s iconic cuisine, diners will have the opportunity to experience a diverse world of flavors and restaurant styles, at prices to please every budget. Three-course, prix-fixe dinners will be offered in four categories: $25 for two for casual-dining restaurants, and $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant.

As with last year, the fun starts well before dinner, with a variety of daytime events, such as chef demonstrations, wine, beer and spirit tastings, cooking classes and more. Special rates also will be offered at several hotels throughout the state. In conjunction with ski season, New Mexico Restaurant Week 2011 provides a compelling reason to plan an economical “eat-stay-ski” vacation in the Land of Enchantment.

All participants’ prix-fixe menus, contact information and maps are listed on www.nmrestaurantweek.com, along with hotel discounts, daytime events, sweepstakes sign-up and more.