June Restaurant Weeks: Pre-Summer Savings in Your City

Otto-spaghettiAs you’re planning your delicious summer trips, take a moment to appreciate sublime savings on dining in your city. June restaurant weeks near you include:

* Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week offers up thoughtfully prepared $12.50 lunches + $25-$35 dinners at the city’s best restaurants through June 11. Book a table.

* Triangle Restaurant Week brings you the finest North Carolina dining at a discount with $15 lunches and $20, $25 + $30 dinners through June 14. Book a table.

* Coral Gables Restaurant Week beckons with $19-$35 lunches + $22-$39 dinners through June 28. Book a table.

* Las Vegas Restaurant Week is a sure thing with luxe $20.14 + $30.14 lunches + $30.14, $40.14 + $50.14 dinners at restaurants including OTTO (pictured) among others, June 15-26. Book a table.Continue Reading

Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee Steven Weinbaum

Steven WIt’s almost lunch time, and Lunch Break returns with some mid-day meal inspiration from OpenTable employee Steven Weinbaum in La Jolla, California. Steven is a restaurant operations specialist, helping restaurants with OpenTable installations and training. He’s a fish taco aficionado who takes his Belvedere vodka with a blood orange. He recently had a meal to remember at Nopalito, and he’d like to break bread with chef Thomas Keller. Read on for more of Steven’s dining + food (including burrito!) recommendations.

Name: Steven Weinbaum

Hometown: La Jolla, California

Job Title: Restaurant Operations Specialist

What that means that I do at OpenTable: Installations and training

Years at OpenTable: 10 months  Alma mater: University of San Francisco

I have worked in a restaurant as a: Busser, server, and manager

The food I can’t live without: Juanita’s California burrito (with extra salsa!)

The one food I’ll never try: N/A

My go-to drink or cocktail: Belvedere vodka with a blood orange

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Susie Cakes red velvet cupcake

My favorite thing about dining out is: Discussing food with friends.

If fish tacos are on a restaurant’s menu, I almost always order them.

My last best restaurant meal was at: Nopalito!!!

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2015 RAMMY Award Winners: Congratulations to DC’s Honorees

The 2015 RAMMY awards were held in Washington, D.C. last night, and OpenTable was in the house to help celebrate some of the nation’s most talented culinary professionals. Congratulations to all the 2015 RAMMY award winners, including:

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Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm (pictured)

Chef of the Year:
Victor Albisu – Del Campo

Restaurateur of the Year:
José Andrés and Rob Wilder – ThinkFoodGroup

New Restaurant of the Year:
Fiola Mare

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Le Diplomate

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Le Diplomate

Everyday Casual Brunch:
The Daily Dish

Cocktail Program of the Year:
Bourbon Steak

Wine Program of the Year:
Iron Gate

Employee of the Year:
Evan Labb – Evening Star Café
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Seven Instagram Accounts to Inspire Your Next Culinary Trip

Ever since we unveiled the 2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants earlier this week, we’ve been planning our summer vacations and staycations. From eating adventures domestically and abroad in exotic locales or our own backyards, deliciousness awaits in the coming months. To help plot our and yours, we’ve rounded up seven Instagram accounts to inspire your next culinary trip.

 

Andrew Zimmern Pasta Nomad blogThe chef: Andrew Zimmern
He may be best known for his work with the Bizarre Foods franchise, but Zimmern doesn’t dabble solely in the extreme. There’s plenty of accessible and delicious food on his plate, in addition to the ultra-exotic. The three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher takes exquisite shots of his meals, most recently from New York’s The NoMad and Heyday in Minneapolis. If you’re road tripping across the US and find yourself near Kauffman Stadium in Missouri or Target Field in Minnesota, check his IG to see if AZ Canteen, Zimmern’s food truck, is open for business.

 

Dana Cowin IG Butterbean Salad at Butcher and Bee blog

 

The editor: Dana Cowin
They don’t call Dana Cowin the Food & Wine scout for nothing. Despite her spritely appearance, Cowin can down dishes with gourmands several times her size. Her enviable job takes her to the most delicious places, as she discovers the best new chefs, emerging cuisines, and forgotten traditions in and well beyond her New York stomping grounds.

 

 

Life and Thyme Golden Temple's kitchen blog

 

The publication: Life & Thyme
The folks at Life & Thyme truly think – and eat – globally. The new publication’s coverage spans the world and will make you want to expand your horizons (and your waistline). From coverage of authentic, old-school deli food at Wexler’s in Los Angeles to a look inside the free kitchen at Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar that feeds 10,000 people a day, you’ll be cashing in your frequent flier miles and packing your bags after a few views.

 

Anthony Bourdain Laksa blog

 

The TV personality: Anthony Bourdain
You can’t help but have wanderlust when you tune in to Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown – and neither can we. Whether he’s highlighting the people and food of Las Vegas or Lyon, Bourdain and his self-deprecating wit will inspire you to fearlessly explore the world and its many cuisines, near and far.

 

 

 

apple tart david lebovitz blog

 

The ex-pat: David Lebovitz
Have you ever dreamed of quitting your day job and living the ex-pat life in Paris? (Duh! Of course you have!) Pastry chef David Lebovitz did just that in 1999. Since then, he’s written extensively about his life in the City of Lights and his cooking and dining explorations. If you’re jonesing for a jaunt on the Champs-Élysées in the coming months, his IG stream is required seeing.Continue Reading