Jay Poblador Invites You to ‘A Night Out for the Philippines’ in NYC on 1/27 to Build a Village

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On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated large swaths of the Philippines, killing more than 6,100 people and destroying the industries that are vital to villages. The destruction hit very close to home for many people with family in the Philippines, including Jay Poblador, general manager at The Elm in New York. Seeking a way to aid in recovery efforts, Jay founded NYers for the Philippines. His co-founder is Arnold Marcella, who is a sous chef at The Elm.

On January 27, 2014, NYers for the Philippines invites you to join New York City’s most notable chefs, mixologists, and entertainers at A Night Out for the Philippines: Building A Village Together at Bagatelle New York. All proceeds from this one-night-only fundraiser will provide housing and create a sustainable rehabilitation program for a community in the Philippines hard-hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Jay reveals, “When the typhoon hit the Philippines, Arnie Marcella  and I were struck by the intensity of the storm and the amount of damage it had brought on so many regions in the Philippines. As we tried to contact relatives to make sure that everyone was safe and accounted for, we realized that we both had ties to Iloilo City.” After Jay and Arnie learned that most of the aid was being focused on Tacloban City, the epicenter of the typhoon’s damage, they were spurred to form the group NYers for the Philippines to raise funds for Iloilo’s recovery.

NYers for the Philippines has partnered with Gawad Kalinga, whose mission in the Philippines is to restore human dignity, first to impoverished communities in the Philippines, and then, because of all the natural calamities the country has faced, assist communities devastated by these acts. At a base level, providing a safe permanent environment for individuals and families is the first order of business. Jay and his team hope to raise enough money to rebuild an entire village of 25 to 30 homes. He notes, “In appreciation of all the chefs who are participating in A Night Out for the Philippines: Building A Village Together, we intend to put plaques on the homes commemorating their generosity. One of the things we get to do in this partnership is to name the village. For example, there is a Lufthansa Village, a Mandarin Oriental Village, and so on.” He adds with a smile, “Ours may very well be named Chefs’ Village.” Jay and members of NYers for the Philippines plan to visit the village when the houses are complete and meet the people living there. Continue Reading

Enter the #ShareMyPlate Instagram Contest to Help No Kid Hungry End Childhood Hunger

ShareMyPlateLove snapping pics of your plate? Into sharing your shots on Instagram? Then participate in Sysco’s #ShareMyPlate Instagram contest to help end childhood hunger in America!

Dine out at your favorite OpenTable restaurant, take an Instagram of your meal, and tag it with #ShareMyPlate — and Sysco will donate 50 cents for every photo shared to No Kid Hungry. Plus, the best photos will win prizes: $1,000, $500, and $250 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes respectively.

Eat often! Share often! Give often! Winning photos will be selected by Food Network celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. Contest ends March 5, 2014. Learn more at http://statigr.am/contest/ppgr/share-my-plate and snap away today!

On Our Plate: New OpenTable ‘About Us’ Pages; DC, Baton Rouge, Baltimore + Pittsburgh Winter Restaurant Weeks; Wine + Wishes SF; + More

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* Curious about OpenTable? Check out the new About Us section to learn about our people, our passions, and how to join our team.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Vegan eats!

* Even tho’ they were probably watching their waists for award seasons, celebrities were dining out in droves last week. Discover where the stars were dining.

* Did you send the Tweet of the Week? Find out here.

* Napa Valley Restaurant Month is on! Don’t miss a month of dining deals in Wine Country in the new year.

* Get charmed by Charleston Restaurant Week. Order up $20, $30 + $40 three-course dinners, January 8-19.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week is happening now. Book now for $15.14, $25.14, $35.14 lunches and dinners, January 10-26.

* Indian Festive Food Week is in full force in New York. $15 + $25 lunches and $25 + $40 dinners, January 11-19.

* Baltimore’s Howard County Savor It! Restaurant Week started today. Make a reservation for special prix-fixe menus from $10.14 to $40.14 through January 27.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge is here. Take a bite out of $15 to $35 three-course meals, January 13-18.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week kicks off now. Enjoy $20.14 to $35.14 lunches + dinners at Steel Town’s best restaurants, January 13-19.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week has begun. Book your tables for $20.14 lunches and $35.14 dinners, January 13-19.

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Tweet of the Week: The Proof Is in Your OpenTable 2013 Dining Year in Review

If you booked a restaurant reservation with OpenTable in 2013 (and you’re opted in to receive email from us), we’ve got a delicious peek back at the year that was — in restaurant reservations! You can see how many times you reserved, where you dined, how many bookings were made via your mobile device, and much more. You can also, as diner @ScottBoehme has, show your significant other how many times you shared a meal together. Watch your inbox for your 2013 dining year in review email. And, thanks for sharing your tweet, Scott. PS: In your girlfriend’s defense, there’s always room for more dinner dates.

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