On Our Plate: 2012 James Beard Award Nominees; Private Party Planning Tips; UNICEF Tap Project; Boston Restaurant Week + Chicago Chef Reservations

Donate a dollar for each free glass of tap water during the UNICEF Tap Project to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world.

Happenings on and around OpenTable… 

* Congratulations to the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award nominees. Find out if your fave chef or restaurant was recognized.

* Planning a private partyManhattan event planner Maya Kalman has five tips to make it your best soiree yet.

* The UNICEF Tap Project is happening now! Dine out and donate to help provide the world’s children with safe, clean water.

* Share Our Strength 2012 Taste of the Nation fundraisers are happening in San Francisco on March 29th and a city near you. Buy tickets today.

* Do you make the best grilled sandwich in the world? Enter Artisanal’s contest to win cool prizes and bragging rights!

* This week’s restaurant review trend? Meat-free dining during Lent.

* Speaking of meat free, did you observe the Great American Meat OutLet us know in this week’s poll!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Reserve to Dine out to fight AIDS at select DenverMinneapolisPhiladelphiaSan DiegoSan Francisco,and Washington, D.C.  restaurants on April 26th!

* Restaurant Weeks in Boston, Chicago ChefThe Hamptons, Hudson Valley, and South Jersey are happening now. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less in your city.

* Restaurant reservations are now available for additional Restaurant Weeks, such as AustinLong IslandPortsmouthSeattleand Talbot County.

* The 80 Sips Challenge kicks off in San Francisco on March 19thBook your tables to enjoy amazing wines from California, France, and New Zealand at participating Bay Area restaurants. 

And, we’re still hiring! We’re staffing up and looking for talented people to join our team. Check out openings in customer supportengineeringfield operationsfinanceIT and technical servicesoperations, and sales.

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