RAMMYS 2013: Congratulations to the Winners!

OpenTable was proud to sponsor and attend the 2013 RAMMYS awards in Washington, D.C. Feting our capital’s finest folks in food and dining, the RAMMYS are one of the best awards shows in the nation!

Last night’s honorees and winners include Clyde’s of Georgetown (Honorary Milestone Award), Marriot Wardman Park Hotel (Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year), Linda Lee (Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award), Nellie’s Sports Bar (Best Neighborhood Gathering Place), P. J. Clarke’s (Best Power Spot),  Luis Noriega – Zengo (Best Restaurant Employee), Michael Nevarez – Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table (Best Restaurant Manager), Beverly Bates – Vidalia(Best Pastry Chef), Estadio (Best Upscale Casual Restaurant), Dino (Best Wine Program), Estadio (Best Beverage/Mixology Program), Blue Duck Tavern (Best Fine Dining Restaurant),  Ashok Bajaj – Knightsbridge Restaurant Group (Restaurateurs of the Year), and Fabio Trabocchi – Fiola (Chef of the Year). Congratulations to all the winners. And, click Continue Reading to peep some pics of the event in our slideshow below or check them out on Flickr.

On Our Plate: National Dine Out Day for Sandy Relief; Save on Taste of the Nation Palm Beach Tomorrow; Restaurant Weeks + More

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Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* TODAY is National Dine Out Day! Dine at a participating restaurant to support those still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

* Save 15% on Taste of the Nation Palm Beach tickets tomorrow night. Discover more and get tickets now for 6/19.

* Don’t miss Taste of the Nation Maine on June 23rd. Learn more about Portland’s premiere culinary event.

* Portland Restaurant Month is in full swing. Make a reservation for three-course gourmet meals for just $29, June 1-30.

* Indianapolis Chow Down Midtown has arrived. Check out special three-course, prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants, June 10-23.

* Coral Gables Restaurant Week has begun. Take advantage of special $17-$29 lunches and $17-$49 dinners, June 10-30Continue Reading

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Burrata

[singlepic id=133 w=400 h=320 float=right]Depending on your age, the very first time you try burrata, you may experience anger. That sounds crazy, but hear me out. You see, unless you’re trying it as a child, your love-at-first-bite sentiments of delight could quickly give way to bitterness, a bitterness born of the fact that for however many years you’ve been eating quality cheese, you have *not* been eating beautiful burrata. Before you despair entirely, however, know that it is burrata season, and you’ve got ample opportunities to make up for lost time. I describe burrata as the lovechild of just-pulled mozzarella and fresh ricotta — which isn’t entirely accurate, but it gives the unchristened a general idea of what I’m getting at when my ‘Trust me!’ isn’t cutting it. More precisely, burrata is freshly pulled buffalo or cow milk curd shaped into a purse of sorts and then filled with cream and curd. There are many ways to enjoy it, from being paired with oysters to a simple presentation of crusty bread and a drizzle of quality olive oil. Burrata’s name comes from the Italian word imburrato, which means ‘buttered’ — and once you sample this rich, simple cheese, you’ll understand the connection. Find out what your fellow OpenTable diners are saying about burrata in recent restaurant reviews!

360 Bistro, Nashville, Tennessee: “Our daughter thought her dish was the best of all — Italian burrata & Alto Adige speck with zucchini ribbons, truffle oil, and Tennessee dark honey on toasted baguette.”

* A Bellagio, Campbell, California: “If you like cured meat and excellent burrata, then this is the place for you! Burrata is a must! It is so creamy.”

Annabelle’s Bar & Bistro, San Francisco, California: “Loved the arancini — savory little rice balls filled with burrata.”

Acqua Al 2, Washington, D.C.: “The special appetizer was a super fresh burrata and apricots.”

Brunello Trattoria, Culver City, California: “We started with the arugula salad with burrata cheese and hearts of palm, which was excellent.  Exactly what I was craving.”

Chez Soi, Manhattan Beach, California: “Mad props to the chef at Chez Soi! He chooses his ingredients carefully and really lets each one shine in the dishes he prepares. The smoked and grilled peach that accompanies the gorgeous burrata, for example, added a lovely twist to an already lovely plate.”

Circa 1922, Wilmington, North Carolina: “The burrata with heirloom tomatoes was outstanding — so good we both wish we had ordered two instead of sharing. The waiter’s suggestion of pairing it with a tapas plate of speck made it even more spectacular.”

Cotogna, San Francisco, California: “To a first timer, I recommend anything with burrata cheese because they do it better than anyone else.” Continue Reading

Make a Reservation for National Dine Out Day on June 19th for Hurricane Sandy Relief

PrintHurricane Sandy happened months ago, but the communities affected by this superstorm, especially those in New Jersey, are still working toward recovery. You can help by observing National Dine Out Day. When you dine out on Wednesday, June 19, at a participating restaurant, a percentage of your check will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. To date, the fund has granted more than $11 million to aid in home rebuilding, mold remediation, financial and legal counseling, economic development, and social services such as mental health support and food pantry replenishment.

Participating restaurants include Amanda’s Restaurant in Hoboken, Babbo in Manhattan, and Monsoon Asian Kitchen in Babylon, among others.

National Dine Out Day is a great way for people around the country to get out of the kitchen for a night, dine out at a participating restaurant, and help New Jersey’s victims get back on their feet. Make a reservation for National Dine Out Day on June 19th at one of these participating restaurants in New York or New Jersey to show your support for those still struggling.