10 Things You Need to Know about Top Chef Seattle Episode 6

To wife Anna Faris’s great chagrin, Chris Pratt requests a second serving of squirrel heart.

We’re about midway through this season of Top Chefand everything that the producers are doing to keep the show fresh is sort of showing, which probably wasn’t their initial intent. I will say that most of the food served at the very-staged welcome home soiree for actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt made me come thisclose to breaking my cleanse. Brooke’s lamb-stuffed octopus and Tesar’s seafood chowder literally had my mouth watering. If only I could same the same for the rest of the ep. Now, on to the most pertinent points…

1. No offense to Marilyn Hagerty, but her turn as a guest judge really felt like stunt casting. It was painful to watch and unfair to the cheftestants.

2. Divine Swine’s name is bordering on the ironic, thanks to Josh’s failed forays with pork.Continue Reading

OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Overall Restaurants in the U.S.

2012 Diners’ Choice Award winner Gramercy Tavern is renowned for their ever-changing menu of seasonal, local fare from NYC’s Greenmarket, such as this stunning dish, which makes them a favorite of OpenTable diners.

As we reflect on a fabulous year of fine dining, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The list of winners, which includes Eleven Madison Park in New York City, Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., and o ya in Boston, spans 27 states and Washington, D.C.  California restaurants earned 24 spots on the list, followed by New York with 18 winners. Virginia boasts six winning restaurants, trailed by Arizona, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania with four honorees apiece. North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C. all have three winning restaurants, while Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio have two each. Connecticut earned a single spot, as did Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Restaurants serving American fare dominated the list; French cuisine is also strongly represented.

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Ahoy, Foodies: Set Sail for ‘Top Chef: The Cruise’ in Spring 2013!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to mix and mingle with a cast of Top Chef celebrities this April!

Don’t miss the launch of the first-ever Top Chef: The Cruise in April 2013. Brought to you by Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves, and Rose Tours, come aboard the modern, luxurious Celebrity Constellation to spend quality time with the show’s judges and chefs on this culinary voyage of a lifetime.

Hosted by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, and featuring Top Chef Masters and past chef’testants, including Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro), Richard Blais (The Spence), Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Derry (Private Social), Chris Hanmer, Angelo Sosa (Social Eatz), Yigit Pura, Paul Qui, Hosea Rosenberg, Casey Thompson (Shinsei Restaurant), Fabio Viviani (Cafe Firenze), among others, the April 11-15, 2013, cruise will sail round trip from Miami, Florida, with stops in Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico. During the voyage, guests will have the opportunity to savor events, such as interactive “Quickfire” cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, Top Chef menus and Celebrity’s own award-winning cuisine.

Learn more and book your reservations now!

Treatful Restaurant Gift Certificates: The Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Foodie

Purchase a Treatful gift certificate to La Belle Vie in Minneapolis or choose from hundreds of other amazing restaurants!

There are officially LESS than two weeks until Christmas. Instead of waiting on line in a shop, shop online for a Treatful digital restaurant gift certificate!

With Treatful, you can treat your friends and family with personalized, online gift certificates to their favorite local restaurants, instantly and securely.

When you purchase a gift through Treatful, we notify the recipient of his or her gift on the date that you instruct us. At the same time, we notify the local restaurant of your gift purchase, so that they can expect your gift recipient as a future customer. Once your recipient receives the receives their Treatful email, she can print it out and give it to the restaurant upon use.

One of the best features of Treatful — and there are many amazing features — is that treats never expire. This allow recipients to enjoy your gift any time they choose!

Treatful is currently available in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Purchase a Treatful today!