Tweet of the Week: Keeping It Simple Since 1998

Life can be hard, but making restaurant reservations shouldn’t be. In fact, that’s how we came to be. Back in the 1990s (Good times!), Chuck Templeton observed that his wife was having an unnecessarily tough time booking a table at a restaurant — and, thus, the idea for OpenTable was born. We’re glad to continue to make finding the right reservation a simple process. Thanks to @AMLemus for the shout out. And, watch us as we work to improve your experiences with OpenTable.

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Kentucky Derby Dining; El Bulli Exhibit; Hottest Celeb Chefs; Farina Interview + More News

About 120,000 mint juleps are expected to be served at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

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

* Heading to Churchill Downs? Here are some Kentucky Derby dining recommendations. []

* Simply the best. What makes a restaurant the best isn’t a critic’s opinion so much as your own. [Telegraph]

* Never dined at El Bulli? You can still (sort of) experience it, thanks to a new exhibit in London this summer. [ABC News]

* Some like it hot. A round-up attractive celebrity chefs. [E! Online]

* California foie gras kerfuffle. This time, it’s personal. [Daily Pilot]

* Shop talk. Top Chef alum Richard Farina of moto chats with boss Homaro Cantu. [HuffPostContinue Reading

Emerging Design at OpenTable

OpenTable strives to make the experience of dining out easier. Over the years, this has meant translating our service from the original website to all the various mobile devices people now use. We started out keeping it simple, knowing that was mandatory for people using us on the go.

The simplicity remains, though we’ve taken the opportunity to make the experiences richer and more inspiring. We’ve updated many of our interfaces, focusing on the various mobile platforms and the unique design languages each presents. The iPhone app kicked off a design refresh with the launch of iPhone 5 — and since then we have more imagery with Foodspotting dish photos while refreshing many of the user interfaces within the app. Android has followed suit with similar updates in addition to integrating Google+ Sign In.

The design team at OpenTable is a new addition, and these talented folks are busy planning an exciting future for how our consumer and restaurant products emerge. We’re in the early stages of our design evolution – some of which you can see in the before and after shots  – and there’s more and more to come.

Jocelyn Mangan is Vice President, Consumer Product Management.

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Celebs + Their Chef Doppelgangers; Classic Restaurant Signs; Fine Dining Rules + More News

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

* Do this, not that. 15 rules for fine dining. [Business Insider]

* Separated at birth. The celebrity and celebrity chef edition. [E! Online]

* Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is coming to New York. Depending on where you live, this may be cheaper than going to the London location. [Grub Street NY]

* Signs of the times. A cute collection of classic Chicago restaurant signs. [Chicago Tribune]

* From the ‘Moment of zen’ files: Watch a chef cook 15 different meals at once. []