Help #86AIDS with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) this June

OpenTable-Email-Header-600x250-white 1.54.36 PM copyYou’re invited to stand with top chefs + restaurateurs in the battle against AIDS with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is a one-month campaign which turns food and drink into a force to fight AIDS.

When a restaurant “eighty-sixes” a dish, it rids it from the menu. You can help by turning the dining out we all love toward the battle against this devastating disease and #86AIDS. Participating chefs + restaurants include José Andrés, Mario Batali, Michael Mina, and Nancy Silverton, among others.

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Five Foodie Fathers to Follow on Instagram for #FathersDay

With Father’s Day fast approaching, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the dads who share equal parts parenting and eating adventures on Instagram. Get inspired by these five foodie fathers to follow on Instagram – for what’s on their plates both literally and figuratively.

@ChefSawyer
Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s family includes his wife Amelia, son Catcher, daughter Louisiana, dogs Potato and Vito, and chickens Bear and Squid, His family of restaurants includes The Greenhouse Tavern and Trentina (a runner-up in Esquire’s 2014 Best New Restaurants), among others, which recently helped him win a James Beard Best Chef Great Lakes Award earlier this year. Chef Sawyer’s Instagram showcases the heralded food from his restaurants and what he and his family enjoy to eat in their coveted time together (And some really cute dog pictures, as well. Woof!).

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@Dad_Beets
Do you like to put an egg on it (whatever it happens to be)? Food in sandwich form? Waffle-y concoctions? Check, check, check? Then have we got an IG stream for you. Dad Beets, recently highlighted on Mashable, has all that – and more. There are adorable kid pics galore and whether he’s eating out or whipping up sammies in, he’ll show you that life is more delicious when you’re raising tomorrow’s foodies.

 

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@Kevin_Blankenship
Don’t let your kids see Kevin Blankenship’s Instagrams. Any of ‘em. Not if you plan on ever making them even a single pancake again. Blankenship (a cartoonist, if that makes you feel better) uses the blank slate of a frying pan and tasty batter to create epically artistic pancakes that are spot-on renderings of some of the most beloved pop culture touchstones, from Cookie Monster to the Millennium Falcon.Continue Reading

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2015: Three Things to Do Ahead of the #FWClassic

MG_  007The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is happening June 19-21, 2015. Tickets are sold out, but if you’re headed there (as we are!), we’ve rounded up three things to do ahead of the #FWClassic before you arrive in Aspen. 

Plan to shop like a local foodie. The Aspen Saturday Market will be open for business on Saturday, June 20th. Carve out some open space in your pre-Classic calendar to sample Aspen’s locally grown and made food. The market runs from 8AM-3PM, from the corner of Galena and Hopkins, to Hunter and then again back to the intersection of Hyman and Galena.

Register to run a footrace. Before you start sampling all the fine food and wine that abounds at this unique festival, lace up your trainers and run a 5K to raise money for charity. On Friday morning, June 19th, you’ll scramble through the streets with culinary luminaries including race hosts and Top Chef alums Richard Blais and Stefanie Izard along with Tim Love, and Marcus Samuelsson. Remember the altitude difference when you’re training — Aspen is just under 8,000 feet above sea level.

Make a reservation. At the end of the day, you may wish to sit for a proper meal before making your way to one of the many parties that happen after hours at the festival. Plan ahead and book your tables now or look out for the OpenTable team in the Grand Tasting tents. We can help you make free, last-minute reservations in and around Aspen.Continue Reading

2015 James Beard Awards: Restaurant + Chef Winners #JBFA

michael anthonyThe 2015 James Beard Awards were held last night in Chicago. We’re pleased to highlight and congratulate this year’s winners. These chefs and restaurants represent the very best in dining across the nation. Make a reservation at a James Beard Award-winning restaurant today.

WINNING RESTAURANTS INCLUDE:

Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, New York, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California

NOMINATED CHEFS INCLUDE:

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, California

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore, Maryland

Best Chef: Midwest
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