Attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco on Thursday, March 21, 2013!

The culinary stars will be out on March 21st at The Bentley in San Francisco! Will you?

Join Share Our Strength in the fight to end childhood hunger in America! Attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco. The nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry, Taste of the Nation San Francisco will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

San Francisco’s top chefs, brewers, winemakers, and distillers will be at The Bently Reserve serving delicious dishes and drinks. With a single ticket, you can sample the best of the Bay area, from A16 and Frances to RN74 and Spruce,  while supporting Share Our Strength’s efforts in eliminating childhood hunger as well as their local beneficiaries, including Children of Shelters and Three Squares.

Tickets start at $125. Purchase yours today!

Can’t attend? Show your support by dining at a participating restaurant!


OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q4 and Full Year 2012

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the fourth quarter and full year 2012.

“As anticipated, Hurricane Sandy contributed to the decline in industry growth during the fourth quarter,” notes our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Restaurants in the New York and Washington DC area  were hit particularly hard during the quarter, while growth in other major metro areas and the U.S. overall was essentially flat year-over-year.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation.Continue Reading

2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semi-Finalists

Semifinalists Daniel Patterson of Coi and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadwood celebrate at last year’s Rose Bowl in New York.

The folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Nominated restaurants include:

Outstanding Restaurant
August, New Orleans, Louisiana
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Melisse, Santa Monica, California
Naha, Chicago, Illinois
Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Patina, Los Angeles, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.

Best New Restaurant
Balena, Chicago, Illinois
Borgne, New Orleans, Louisiana
Butcher & The Boar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Empellón Cocina, New York, New York
Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Khong River House, Miami Beach, Florida
Mateo, Durham, North Carolina
Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
The Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina
PABU, Baltimore, Maryland
Puritan & Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rich Table, San Francisco, California
Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, California
Underbelly, Houston, Texas
Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Neal Brown, The Libertine Liquor Bar, Indianapolis, Indiana
Zack Bruell, Cowell & Hubbard, Cleveland, Ohio
Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jean-Robert’s Table, Cincinnati, Ohio
Luciano Del Signore, Bacco Ristorante, Southfield, Michigan
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine, Dayton, Ohio
Regina Mehallick, R Bistro, Indianapolis, Indiana
Matthew Millar, Reserve, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Chris Nugent, goosefoot, Chicago, Illinois
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent, Bloomington, Indiana
Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago, Illinois
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-AtlanticContinue Reading