10 Things You Need to Know About Top Chef Seattle Episode 4

Tom chuckles at CJ’s plan to undermine John Tesar at every turn.

Full disclosure: Top Chef Seattle is driving me a little bit batty this season. I don’t feel as though I’m getting to know several of the contestants — and I know some others too well. We’re barely seeing Bart, Brooke, Eliza, or Chrissy. This episode featured a lot of two cheftestants who could have gone home but didn’t. Given this disconnect, I wish they’d lower the field to 10 from the get-go so that we could really get to know competitors’ strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox and on to the pertinent points. 

1. On last week’s episode, the talented Kuniko went home for undersalting a batch of potatoes. They were more like scalloped potatoes, so it’s not something you can adjust after it’s baked. While Josie of the raw turkey should have gone home, she had immunity, so they sent Kuniko packing. But — rejoice! She is back in Last Chance Kitchen. I’m pulling for you, Kuniko!

Try as they may, the Canlis cannot stop staring at Hugh Acheson’s commanding brow.

2. His fellow cheftestants believe that John Tesar is living up to his reputation as Dallas’s (and now Top Chef’s) most hated chef. He’s got an ego and a lot of opinions as a chef of his age and experience might have, but I think they need to be less sensitive to what he says in the break room. Jeez.

3. Speaking of hating John, in addition to Josh not being a fan, from almost the first frame of last night’s show, CJ makes it clear that he’s gunning for John.

4. His gun must have jammed as John Tesar, and not CJ, walked away with the QFC win — and immunity.

5. Naomi Pomeroy from Beast likes her red meat slightly more well done than you might think.

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Enter for a Chance to Win 1 of 5 $100 Treatful Restaurant Gift Certificates Today

Don’t miss your chance to treat a loved one to great meal this holiday season!

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Have Your Turkey and Eat It (the Next Day), Too at Tria Restaurant in Minnesota

You enjoy Chef Brian Bossert’s Thanksgiving specials at Tria — and at home!

Dining out on Thanksgiving has always seemed like a no-brainer to us – no shopping, no cooking, no cleaning, and no dishes. But, some folks don’t want to hit the easy button for one reason – no leftovers. Thankfully, restaurants have heard your cries for next-day turkey sammies, and some are now offering leftovers to go.

Tria Restaurant in North Oaks, Minnesota, will be serving traditional Thanksgiving favorites, plus, they are offering turkey leftovers to take home. Guests wanting to honor the day-after Thanksgiving tradition of turkey sandwiches can purchase Tria’s to-go package. It includes cranberries, dressing, turkey, and buns – enough for six sandwiches, all for only $15. “There’s nothing better than a turkey sandwich,” notes Chef Bossert. “I grew up with day-after, cold turkey rolled in lefse (a Swedish flatbread). Lefse is almost like a tortilla except it’s made out of potatoes. My sister in Oakland just made 80 pieces for herself and to share with friends!”

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Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last-Minute Deals and Offers

You can use OpenTable to find even up-to-the-last-minute reservations on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just two days away, but there’s still time to book a table for this Thursday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local and national Thanksgiving pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

Atlanta:
A bit less: Hudson Grille Midtown — Don’t miss a family-style buffet for $19.95 per person featuring all your faves.
A bit morePark 75 — This Thanksgiving brunch buffet pairs Thanksgiving classics with seamless Four Seasons service at $86 per person.
A bit different: Kurt’s Bistro — Serving a Thanksgiving lunch buffet with a European twist: slow-roasted turkey breast, black angus roast beef, and roasted pork loin. $45 per person.

Baltimore:
A bit less: Valentino’s Restaurant – Serving Thanksgiving dinners for $13 with all the trimmings, featuring roasted turkey, leg of lamb, beef brisket, fresh ham, and more.
A bit more: Wit & Wisdom — Gather the family and celebrate Thanksgiving with a three-course fall feast. $65 adults and $32 children (12 and under).
A bit different: Della Note – Choose from a regular menu or a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at $32 per person, featuring a Champagne toast and live entertainment.

Boston:
A bit less: Aspire Seasonal Kitchen — Thanksgiving brunch is just $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids 4-12, and kids under 4 eat free.
A bit more: L’Espalier — Serving a Thanksgiving three-course, prix fixe menu for $90 or a six-course degustation for $115.
A bit different: Russell House Tavern – Don’t miss a locally inspired, $45 three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, along with an optional $18 beer and/or wine pairing.

Chicago:
A bit less: Glen Prairie – Serving a turkey dinner and housemade pumpkin pie for $24.
A bit more: NoMI — Join Chef Ryan LaRoche in NoMI Kitchen for a spectacular Thanksgiving brunch buffet at $115 per person.
A bit different: Silk Asian Tavern – Featuring an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving Day brunch. Dishes include Chinese five spice-rubbed turkey with a miso gravy and much more. Just $22 per guest.

Dallas:
A bit less: Decanter Restaurant & Wine Bar – Their buffet brunch includes traditional and non-traditional items and omelette and carving stations for $18.95 per person.
A bit more: Charlie Palmer at The Joule – Serving a deliciously seasonal holiday meal prepared by a carefully-trained staff at $55 per person.
A bit different: Asador — Enjoy a local, three-course Thanksgiving meal featuring free-range turkey roulade with wild mushroom and apple  at $35 per guest.

Denver:
A bit less: Appaloosa Grill — $14 for a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
A bit more: Elway’s Downtown – A don’t-miss dinner buffet is $75 for adults and $39 for children.
A bit different: Randolph’s at The Warwick Denver Hotel — Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch in the ballroom with an amazing buffet selection, live entertainment, and complimentary valet parking. $39 adults and $31 seniors; kids 5 and under eat free.Continue Reading