Wine Prices to Rise; Kids Against Kid Menus; Chef Swims Against Current with Plankton + More News

Sheldon J. Plankton reacts to the exciting news regarding Aponiente’s latest menu items.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Meet the mashgiach. Also known as a gatekeepers, they keep kitchens kosher. [NY Times]

* Get ready to whine about wine prices. They’re going up. [MSN Money]

* Are kids over kid menus? At least one is — and she eloquently explains why. [TODAY]

* Plankton is on the menu at an acclaimed restaurant. And, no, we’re not talking about the Krusty Krab. [Daily Mail]

* Top secret. Chefs share tricks of the trade to those looking to up their culinary game. [Wall Street Journal]

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Congratulations! 2013 James Beard Award Winners

Last night, the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world, were held in New York City. New York OpenTable team members Vince Chiaramonte, Mark Cornell, Samantha Cleaves, Alicia Gomes, Brian Maiorana, and Matt Touron were on hand to cheer on the nominees. You can peep a few pics below and view a list of winners after the break.

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Local Food More Complicated than You Think; FOOD at Frieze; Priciest Tasting Menus + More News

FOOD in New York’s then-not-so-trendy neighborhood played an important role in the continuing evolution of dining in the U.S.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Show me the meaning of eating local. The conversation needs to extend beyond mileage. [The Washingtonian]

* Frieze freezes a moment in food history. An exhibit at Frieze New York pays homage to Soho’s FOOD restaurant of the 1970s. [NY Mag]

* Do you have expensive tastes? Then you won’t suffer sticker shock from the world’s spendiest tasting menus. []

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Enter the ‘Nobody Makes It Like Mom’ Mother’s Day Twitter Giveaway!

For many foodies, mom will always be their top chef.

It may be your mother’s mac and cheese. Or her Sunday gravy and meatballs. Perhaps it’s her chicken empanadas. Whatever the dish, many folks have a favorite meal that mom made best. In honor of mom and her culinary gifts, we’re giving away five $200 gift cards, May 6-10, 2013. To enter for a chance to win, follow @OpenTable on Twitter, tweet us the dish that nobody makes as great as mom — and then name a restaurant that serves the next best thing. For example:

* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @Craft_NewYork roasted chicken comes close.’
* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @ArtisanalBistro mac and cheese is pretty great.’
* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @DelPosto lasagne is my 2nd favorite’
* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @suenoschelsea tortilla soup is amazing.’

Be sure to use @OpenTable and #nobodymakesitlikemom in your tweet!

One entry per person per day, please.  For full rules and regulations, see below.Continue Reading