Enter to Win 2 Tickets to ‘Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi’ at the San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival

SDB-FestivalThe 10th Annual San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival kicks off on November 18, 2013, and runs through November 24th. The crossroads of classic cuisine, legendary wine, spirits, craft beer, and culinary all-stars, the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival features an array of cooking classes, food and wine tastings, exhibits, auctions, and more. Celebrity chefs, from San Diego’s own Brian Malarkey (Searsucker) to Top Chef Richard Blais (The Spence) – and many, many more, are helping celebrate the best of the San Diego Bay area’s food scene!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets — two pairs a day for five days — to Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Macy’s School of Cooking. To enter, follow @OpenTable on Twitter (so we can direct message you if you’re the winner!) and send out a tweet that says, “I want to win the @SDBayWineFest Passion for Fusion giveaway on @OpenTable.” We’ll pick two tweets at random every day at the close of each business day, Thursday-Wednesday.

At the heart of all cuisine is fusion, where chefs become inventive with the mix and mingling of various flavors and traditions from all over the world. Balancing complex flavors to create an east-meets-west cuisine, Chef Looi will take you through a step-by-step journey into the depths of Asian fusion and show just how accessible it can be. This class demonstrates a simple approach to modern Asian cooking using regional ingredients and techniques. From Malaysia to India with a French twist, Chef Looi’s eclectic background incorporates east-west cuisine without borders. The menu includes baby arugula, pickled Asian pear and ginger vinaigrette; roasted hoisin + garam masala duck and mango chutney; and grilled lemongrass skirt steak and nyonya sauce.

Chef Looi has been a guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House multiple times and was a master chef at the World Gourmet Summit in Las Vegas and Dubai, UAE. He was invited by the Chefs Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Hotel Association and the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, thrice to judge at the prestigious WACS sanctioned Culinaire Malaysia, the largest culinary competition in the South East Asian region.

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Chicago 2014 Michelin Starred Restaurants Revealed: Book a Table Today!

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goosefoot is among the Michelin recipients in Chicago.

OpenTable is pleased to highlight the Michelin Guide Chicago 2014* star recipients. Twenty-five restaurants are included, with one Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and four achieving two Michelin stars, including Sixteen. Twenty restaurants earned one Michelin star, with five new additions.

Star recipients include:

Three Stars: Alinea.

Two Stars: Grace, Graham Elliot, L20 and Sixteen.

One Star: AcadiaBlackbirdBoka, Everestgoosefoot, The LobbyMexiqueMotoNAHA, North Pond, SenzaSepia, SpiaggiaTakashiTopolobampo, and Tru.

How many of this year’s Michelin-starred Chicago-area restaurants have you dined at? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.

* OpenTable is not connected or affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by, The MICHELIN Guide.

On Our Plate: The Story of Hungry; Restaurant Weeks in Hawaii + the Jersey Shore; JBF Women in Whites Gala Tickets + More

NKH-imageHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Help end childhood hunger in the U.S. Watch ‘The Story of Hungry” and take the pledge to join No Kid Hungry in this important fight.

* In anticipation of the 2014 Chicago Michelin stars, the Bib Gourmands have been announced. Find out if your favorite affordable Windy City eatery made the list.

* Attend Women in Whites: The 2013 James Beard Foundation Gala. The nation’s top female chefs are creating a meal to remember at NYC’s legendary Four Seasons.

* Enjoy an exclusive  20% discount to the St Pete’s Enjoy Arts & Tastes Grand Tasting in Florida on November 16. Purchase tickets now.

* Voting for the Charlie Awards is open. Vote for your Twin Cities’ food favorites and purchase tickets to the ceremony on November 17.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Sardines.

* Cleveland Restaurant Week is in full swing! Click through for three-course $33 dinners, November 4-16.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sardines

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Behold the delightful sardine chips from Rich Table.

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to eat your fish because it was good for you? Turns out mother did know best, especially if she were talking about sardines. Sardines are packed with protein, healthful omega-3 fats, and are super sources of vitamins B12 and D. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, sardines are “a group of fish found all round the world, all belonging to one subfamily in the highly complex group of clupeid fish (in which there are over 300 species altogether).” In other words, when you’re eating sardines, it’s not necessarily the very same fish each time, although each is just as good for you. In addition to their nutritional benefits, sardines feed on plankton and tend to be safer to consume because of lower levels of mercury and contaminants than other types of fish. They are often found canned, but restaurants are serving up sardines in all kinds of way, from a classic grilled presentation to the stellar sardine chips served at Rich Table that are receiving an array of rave reviews. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about sardines!

Acabar, Hollywood, California: “Some notable favorites include the sardines (I thought I didn’t like sardines until I tried their version), charred octopus, spicy shrimp skewers, and fresh oysters from the crudo bar.”

Anassa  Tavern, New York, New York: “Risotto with cuddle fish was delicious, and the sardines were grilled to perfection.”

Cafe Lucia, Healdsburg, California: “The five-choice appetizer plate, especially the sardine paté and crusted goat cheese and almonds, was great.”

Esca, New York, New York: “We were able to try amazingly well-prepared seafood dishes: sea urchin, sardines four ways, octopus, grilled anchovy, and clam ceviche.”

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California: “Ambience was perfect, the movie was so-so (Who’s watching anyway?), but OMG ,the food was wonnnnderful from anchovy/sardine appetizer, to the best fried chicken ever and the chevre cheesecake!”

Ink., Los Angeles, California: “This restaurant was amazing; their food blew our minds. They make Caesar salad with burrata ice cream and a sardine cracker/wafer.”

Julienne, Santa Barbara, California: “Our friends had a flatbread with grilled local sardines, which reminded us of some of the amazing seafood gems we got this summer in Scotland.”

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