Pull Up a Chair: #100opentables Inside Look

ICYMI (which seems impossible), on April 9, 2015, 100 restaurants in 30 cities around the world hosted nearly 350 diners for once-in-a-lifetime #100opentables dining experiences. If you didn’t score a seat — or even if you did — check out snippets from these unique meals and find out why the #100opentables night was, and OpenTable is, all about what happens around the table.

 

Celebrating National Garlic Month at The Stinking Rose (Because Where Else?)

st-portrait moonDid you know that April is National Garlic Month, and yesterday was National Garlic Day? We think it’s only fitting that the mighty clove, also known as the stinking rose, gets its very own month and day. After all, it’s been seasoning food and fighting off illness and garden pests (not to mention warding off vampires) for centuries. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, “It has been known in China since antiquity, and was an important article of diet in ancient Egypt and in classical Greece and Rome.” Despite its popularity, however, the patrician class frowned upon the accompanying smell, with the Roman poet Horace even writing that garlic is more harmful than hemlock.

While we diners only officially fete garlic and all its stinky goodness during April, Dante Serafini and Jerry Dal Bozzo, owners of The Stinking Rose in the Bay area celebrate it 365 days a year. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood, the restaurant plows through about 1.5 tons of the stuff a month, featuring garlic in virtually every dish on their menu. For guests who don’t want to stop their allium sativum intake with spaghetti, there’s even garlic chocolate ice cream. Continue Reading

Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee Sasha Shaker

Today’s edition of Lunch Break features OpenTable employee and London area manager Sasha Shaker, who cops to a red-meat addiction and reveals his favorite haunts in town and abroad, including Deeson’s in Canterbury. A G+T kinda guy, Sasha’s lunch is typically a sandwich as he’s always on the go during the work week. 

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So This Happened: #100opentables

In what will surely go down as one of the most delicious nights in history, 100 restaurants in 30 cities around the world hosted nearly 350 diners for unique #100opentables dinners on April 9th. Winners gathered with (lucky!) friends and family to share incredible dining experiences, from the epic 13-course tasting menu for two at Luksus to the whole beast feast for eight at Rhubarb.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the dining experience of a lifetime! It was an incredible (40 tastes?!) meal that expanded our palettes and satisfied our souls. And, we got to meet Chef Barber! What a night.” – @emilycgraff – #100opentables diner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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Everything was superb, from the greeting when we arrived, to the servers, the sommelier, the presentation, the food and the wine pairing. We especially enjoyed watching the view of the food preparation in the kitchen. In addition, the decor and ambiance in the restaurant are truly a sight to behold . This prize was a most memorable and fun surprise that we will never forget! Thank you and Open Table for making this memorable dinner possible.” — Barbara S. – #100opentables diner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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