Congratulations! 2013 James Beard Award Winners

Last night, the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world, were held in New York City. New York OpenTable team members Vince Chiaramonte, Mark Cornell, Samantha Cleaves, Alicia Gomes, Brian Maiorana, and Matt Touron were on hand to cheer on the nominees. You can peep a few pics below and view a list of winners after the break.

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Local Food More Complicated than You Think; FOOD at Frieze; Priciest Tasting Menus + More News

FOOD in New York’s then-not-so-trendy neighborhood played an important role in the continuing evolution of dining in the U.S.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Show me the meaning of eating local. The conversation needs to extend beyond mileage. [The Washingtonian]

* Frieze freezes a moment in food history. An exhibit at Frieze New York pays homage to Soho’s FOOD restaurant of the 1970s. [NY Mag]

* Do you have expensive tastes? Then you won’t suffer sticker shock from the world’s spendiest tasting menus. []

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Enter the ‘Nobody Makes It Like Mom’ Mother’s Day Twitter Giveaway!

For many foodies, mom will always be their top chef.

It may be your mother’s mac and cheese. Or her Sunday gravy and meatballs. Perhaps it’s her chicken empanadas. Whatever the dish, many folks have a favorite meal that mom made best. In honor of mom and her culinary gifts, we’re giving away five $200 gift cards, May 6-10, 2013. To enter for a chance to win, follow @OpenTable on Twitter, tweet us the dish that nobody makes as great as mom — and then name a restaurant that serves the next best thing. For example:

* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @Craft_NewYork roasted chicken comes close.’
* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @ArtisanalBistro mac and cheese is pretty great.’
* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @DelPosto lasagne is my 2nd favorite’
* ‘#Nobodymakesitlikemom @OpenTable but @suenoschelsea tortilla soup is amazing.’

Be sure to use @OpenTable and #nobodymakesitlikemom in your tweet!

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Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S.

[singlepic id=95 w=400 h=600 float=left]In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are pleased to release our rankings of the Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S. This list represents the best cities for moms who are also fun-seeking foodies.

The results are spread across 16 states and point to the places where it’s terrific to be both a mom and a foodie. Florida, California, and Texas cities are well represented, as is North Carolina, which boasts wins for Charlotte and Raleigh.

In order to provide this ranking, the OpenTable Mom-friendly Dining Index was calculated using four variables based on OpenTable reservation and diner reviews data from 2012: the percentage of people who dined out for Mother’s Day; the percentage of restaurants rated “kid-friendly;” the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic;” and the percentage of restaurants rated “hot spots.”

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S.Continue Reading