There's no better time to plan an evening out than during Dine Originals Week, which begins today and continues through Sunday.

The event features three-course lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $20, or $30 from 53 local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from Dine Originals Week will be contributed to Local Matters, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting access to local food.

"With all 53 Dine Originals restaurants offering creative menus at reasonable prices, this special week generates a certain energy around our rich local dining scene," said Kamal Boulos, president of Dine Originals Columbus and the owner of Refectory Restaurant & Bistro.

To view a list of participating restaurants and individual menus, visit www.DineOriginalsColumbus.com. Organizers recommend making reservations.

--Dana Wilson