Mobile Alert: Introducing OpenTable for Windows Phone 8

It’s easier than ever to find a terrific table with Windows Phone 8 version 2.0.

We are pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the OpenTable Windows Phone app! Version 2.0 boasts new features and capabilities, including:

* Brand new look for Windows Phone 8

* Foodspotting photos of dishes diners have loved

* View mobile-optimized restaurant menus

* Restaurant reviews from verified OpenTable diners

* Sort search results by name, distance, cuisine or neighborhood

* Adding reservations to your calendar

* Sign-in with your Facebook account

* Pin upcoming reservation details to your start screen

* Lockscreen support

* Tap to Share restaurants with others

Download the free Windows Phone 8 smartphone mobile app today. And, learn more about our full suite of free mobile apps! Please note: The Windows Phone 8 app is for phones only and is NOT a Windows 8 tablet app.

Extended: Enter the #PerfectPairing Twitter Giveaway for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card!

If only every morning began with a #perfectpairing like bacon and eggs.

OpenTable and Foodspotting go together like champagne and caviar. Help us celebrate our union by sharing your favorite, delicious pairings on Twitter for a chance to win a meal for two. Every day from April 22-26, 2013, we’ll be giving away a $100 American Express gift card or a Treatful gift card to one lucky tweeter!

To enter, follow @OpenTable on Twitter and then share your delicious pairing on Twitter with hashtag #perfectpairing. For example, “A chance to win a $100 dinner from @OpenTable! My #perfectpairing is oysters and foie gras.” Include a photo or Foodspotting URL of your pairing and you’ll receive a bonus entry!

Remember to follow our Twitter handle so that we can notify you via DM if you’re one of our daily winners.

To learn more and for giveaway terms and conditions, click here.

Make a Reservation to Help the Hungry with Dine Out Charlotte, April 12-21, 2013!

Make a reservation to help end child hunger in Charlotte!

Dine Out Charlotte has arrived! Charlotte, North Carolina, is a city made for foodies. But, even with its enviable dining scene and spectacular local bounty, many residents still go hungry. During Dine Out Charlotte, April 12-21st, you can help fill their plates by filling yours at a participating restaurant. For every three-course $22 or $32 dinner ordered, a donation of $2 goes directly to Charlotte’s Second Harvest Food Bank’s Feed Hungry Kids program.

Participating restaurants include Dressler’s, Fiamma, Red Rocks Cafe, Upstream — and many more! Make your reservation to support Second Harvest in their mission to help end child hunger in the Metrolina area. Book your tables today!

Show Your Support: Attend Saber! A Celebration of JJ’s on 4/7 in Kansas City!

Join the Kansas City dining community as they rally around the JJ’s restaurant family.

You’re cordially invited to Saber! A Celebration of JJ’s in Kansas City on Sunday, April 7th, at The American Restaurant. From 5PM-8PM, The American Restaurant will host Kansas City’s finest chefs and beverage vendors in support of the JJ’s Family. One of the oldest independently operated restaurants in Kansas City, JJ’s was completely destroyed by a devastating fire on February 19th. The fire also claimed the life of  JJ’s employee Megan Cramer.

You can show your support by purchasing tickets to Saber! The event will feature tasting stations, a silent auction, and a “Hall of Fame” wine silent auction showcasing bottles three liters or larger. The bottles will be signed by JJ’s owner Jimmy Frantze.

In addition to The American Restaurant, participating restaurants and chefs include Craig Adcock (Jude’s Rum Cake), bluestem/ryeCafé Sebastienne, Coaches, Happy Gillis, Jasper’s, Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, The Rieger Hotel, Grill & Exchange, and Starker’s Restaurant, among others.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $35 for restaurant industry professionals. All money raised will be donated to the JJ’s Staff Assistance Fund. Purchase your tickets at saberjjs.brownpapertickets.com