Enter for a Chance to Win 1 of 5 $100 Treatful Restaurant Gift Certificates Today

Don’t miss your chance to treat a loved one to great meal this holiday season!

Do you need a hand with your holiday shopping? Let us treat you to a Treatful! Today, we’re giving away five $100 Treatful restaurant digital gift certificates — the perfect present for your favorite foodie.

To enter for a chance to win, follow @OpenTable on Twitter and tweet “Dear @OpenTable Your Treatful restaurant gift card is on my holiday shopping list. #CyberMonday” between 6 a.m. PST and 5 p.m. PST today! Then, be sure to check your direct messages on your Twitter account, so that we can award your prize quickly.

Treatful gift certificates are the easiest and most convenient way to treat your friends and family with personalized, online gift certificates to their favorite local restaurants. When you purchase a gift through Treatful, we notify the recipient of his or her gift on the date that you instruct us. At the same time, we notify the local restaurant of your gift purchase, so that they can expect your gift recipient as a future customer.

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Have Your Turkey and Eat It (the Next Day), Too at Tria Restaurant in Minnesota

You enjoy Chef Brian Bossert’s Thanksgiving specials at Tria — and at home!

Dining out on Thanksgiving has always seemed like a no-brainer to us – no shopping, no cooking, no cleaning, and no dishes. But, some folks don’t want to hit the easy button for one reason – no leftovers. Thankfully, restaurants have heard your cries for next-day turkey sammies, and some are now offering leftovers to go.

Tria Restaurant in North Oaks, Minnesota, will be serving traditional Thanksgiving favorites, plus, they are offering turkey leftovers to take home. Guests wanting to honor the day-after Thanksgiving tradition of turkey sandwiches can purchase Tria’s to-go package. It includes cranberries, dressing, turkey, and buns – enough for six sandwiches, all for only $15. “There’s nothing better than a turkey sandwich,” notes Chef Bossert. “I grew up with day-after, cold turkey rolled in lefse (a Swedish flatbread). Lefse is almost like a tortilla except it’s made out of potatoes. My sister in Oakland just made 80 pieces for herself and to share with friends!”

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Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last-Minute Deals and Offers

You can use OpenTable to find even up-to-the-last-minute reservations on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just two days away, but there’s still time to book a table for this Thursday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local and national Thanksgiving pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

Atlanta:
A bit less: Hudson Grille Midtown — Don’t miss a family-style buffet for $19.95 per person featuring all your faves.
A bit morePark 75 — This Thanksgiving brunch buffet pairs Thanksgiving classics with seamless Four Seasons service at $86 per person.
A bit different: Kurt’s Bistro — Serving a Thanksgiving lunch buffet with a European twist: slow-roasted turkey breast, black angus roast beef, and roasted pork loin. $45 per person.

Baltimore:
A bit less: Valentino’s Restaurant – Serving Thanksgiving dinners for $13 with all the trimmings, featuring roasted turkey, leg of lamb, beef brisket, fresh ham, and more.
A bit more: Wit & Wisdom — Gather the family and celebrate Thanksgiving with a three-course fall feast. $65 adults and $32 children (12 and under).
A bit different: Della Note – Choose from a regular menu or a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at $32 per person, featuring a Champagne toast and live entertainment.

Boston:
A bit less: Aspire Seasonal Kitchen — Thanksgiving brunch is just $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids 4-12, and kids under 4 eat free.
A bit more: L’Espalier — Serving a Thanksgiving three-course, prix fixe menu for $90 or a six-course degustation for $115.
A bit different: Russell House Tavern – Don’t miss a locally inspired, $45 three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, along with an optional $18 beer and/or wine pairing.

Chicago:
A bit less: Glen Prairie – Serving a turkey dinner and housemade pumpkin pie for $24.
A bit more: NoMI — Join Chef Ryan LaRoche in NoMI Kitchen for a spectacular Thanksgiving brunch buffet at $115 per person.
A bit different: Silk Asian Tavern – Featuring an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving Day brunch. Dishes include Chinese five spice-rubbed turkey with a miso gravy and much more. Just $22 per guest.

Dallas:
A bit less: Decanter Restaurant & Wine Bar – Their buffet brunch includes traditional and non-traditional items and omelette and carving stations for $18.95 per person.
A bit more: Charlie Palmer at The Joule – Serving a deliciously seasonal holiday meal prepared by a carefully-trained staff at $55 per person.
A bit different: Asador — Enjoy a local, three-course Thanksgiving meal featuring free-range turkey roulade with wild mushroom and apple  at $35 per guest.

Denver:
A bit less: Appaloosa Grill — $14 for a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
A bit more: Elway’s Downtown – A don’t-miss dinner buffet is $75 for adults and $39 for children.
A bit different: Randolph’s at The Warwick Denver Hotel — Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch in the ballroom with an amazing buffet selection, live entertainment, and complimentary valet parking. $39 adults and $31 seniors; kids 5 and under eat free.Continue Reading

Catching up with Antonia Lofaso + Fabio Viviani at Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo

Chefs Antonia Lofaso and Fabio Viviani mug for the camera before a busy dinner service at Top Chef Kitchen in New York.

This week at Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo in New York City, Top Chef alums Antonia Lofaso and Fabio Viviani are the featured chefs at the one-of-a-kind, four-course dining experience from Bravo’s Emmy®- and James Beard Award-winning television series, Top Chef. Viviani has two restaurants in Los Angeles, is opening a new restaurant in Chicago, and is scouting a location for another in Miami. When he’s not in one of his restaurants, he is filming his show Chow Ciao! on Yahoo! Lofaso owns Black Market in Studio City, California, and is opening a second as-yet-unnamed restaurant in March 2013 (although Viviani claims they do know the name and it is one he suggested). We caught up with them pre-service in Top Chef Kitchen, as Chef Lofaso was making ravioli for the evening’s dinner. 

Were you intimidated to cook for New York foodies?

FV: I’ve done a lot of private parties in New York, but I never cooked for a restaurant. I got kicked off Top Chef twice in New York, both seasons, so New York doesn’t faze me anymore.

Fabio, what was it like working with Antonia?

FV: We were on a season of Top Chef together, so I know she can be very difficult at times.

AL: That’s when I turn my head [away from him].

FV: I love her to pieces.

Were you excited to work with someone you were a little familiar with?

AL: With Fabio? For this? Yes! So many times when we do these events, it can feel like we’re being more competitive *after* the actual competition versus during. After [Top Chef], it’s more like, ‘Oh my god! What is everyone doing? Is my food better?’ Fabio is just so easy. Not easy in a sleeps-with-a-lot-of-women sort of a way.

FV: What?!

AL: I called you easy. [Pause] Actually, he may be easy in both senses of the word.

FV: I’m easy — easy to please.

AL: Yes, that’s for sure. He’s just sweet, and he’s all about good food, There’s no ‘I’m so much better than you’ air.

FV: It’s not about bragging rights. It’s about having fun! And making good food today! Even though my food is better.

You have created separate Top Chef Kitchen menus, but diners can mix and match. Was there a discussion ahead of time about how they would meld?

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