If you need an excuse to get out and enjoy a meal at a local establishment - though really, you shouldn't need an excuse - it doesn't get much better than Dine Originals Week.

If you need an excuse to get out and enjoy a meal at a local establishment - though really, you shouldn't need an excuse - it doesn't get much better than Dine Originals Week.

So make plans to try out a place you've always had your eye on, or visit an old favorite to try an innovative new dish. The winter installment of this semiannual, fixed-price menu event is happening March 8-14.

"We schedule this twice a year to entice guests to experience the bold taste of independence," Dine Originals executive director Katharine Moore said. "Each of our members are locally owned and operate with a scratch kitchen."

Here's the meat and potatoes of the event: 41 local restaurants will offer fixed-price meals for $10.10, $20.10 or $30.10. And most will be serving menus designed specifically for Dine Originals Week.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Local Matters, a Columbus nonprofit that provides nutrition education in elementary schools where it is needed most, Moore said.

Some restaurants are offering dinner menus, others have lunch menus and a few are offering both. Check the Dine Originals website to see if reservations are required at your restaurant of choice.

If you're considering making one, here's a sampling of what you have to look forward to:

At Deepwood, a three-course dinner could include a cod beignet, lobster Bolognese and Chocolate and Walnut Toll House Pie for $30.10.

At Surly Girl Saloon, $20.10 could get you Caliente Crab Spread with tortilla chips, Posole Stew and a bourbon-spiked cupcake.

And at Katzinger's, you'll pay $10.10 for your choice of sandwich (Cajun Meatloaf, Open-Faced Smoked Turkey or Mushroom Mayhem) and a fudge brownie.

For the participating restaurants' full menus, visit dineoriginalscolumbus.com.