On Our Plate: Desk to Dinner Collection at Banana Republic; Washington DC Restaurant Week Reservations; Queens Feast; Dine Tampa Bay; Zombies + Bacon

In honor of Bastille Day, here is a photo of Roger Federer winning the French Open in 2009.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re cleaning out our closets to make room for Banana Republic’s fabulous Desk to Dinner collection and we’re clearing our datebooks for the Bon Appetit events at Banana Republic stores on Thursday, July 19th. Learn more!

* Bastille Day is tomorrow! Where will you dine to fete the French and their cuisine?

* Does bacon make everything better? Vote in this week’s poll!

* There was a dead man’s party in Philadelphia. Thanks to the Town Dish folks, we’ve got all the zombielicious details.

* Cleveland Cool Fun in the Summertime is happening. Sample delicious dishes and pairings at Cleveland’s best restaurants thru 7/31.

* Toronto Summerlicious returns. Dine for less with $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners thru 7/22.

* Mpls.St.Paul MagazineRestaurant Week ends today! Feast on two-course $10 or $20 lunches and three-course $15-$30 dinners!

* Providence Restaurant Weeks has started. Enjoy $14.95 lunches & $29.95 dinners, July 8-21.

* Say Oui! to French Restaurant Week in New York. Take advantage of $17.89 set menus July 8-15 in honor of Bastille Day.

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This Week on OpenTable: NYC Restaurant Week; Queens Feast; Bastille Day; and More

Pretend you're in Paris celebrating Bastille Day by dining out at a French restaurant on Wednesday.

What’s on our plate this week…

* NYC & Company launches New York City Restaurant Week today! Running through July 24th (and, we hope, even longer!), Big Apple diners can enjoy multi-course $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners. Restaurants fill up FAST, so, seriously, book your tables now!

Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Restaurant Week got underway yesterday! Two-course $10 or $20 lunches and three-course $15-$30 dinners are being offered at participating restaurants around the Twin Cities through July 15th. Book today!

Toronto Summerlicious is in full force. $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners are yours through July 24th! Make a reservation.

* Queens Feast/Charlotte Restaurant Week begins on Friday! Dozens of Charlotte’s best restaurants are serving three-course dinners for $30. Reserve here.

* The Dinner Party to End All Dinner Parties giveaway continues through July 19th.

* Finally, Bastille Day is Wednesday. Bust out your beret…er, on second thought, that would probably make you look silly. Okay, leave the beret at home, but make a reservation to celebrate the storming of the Bastille — and the birth of modern-day France — with some fine French fare!

Dining out on Bastille Day

bastille-dayToday is Bastille Day, and at many French restaurants across the U.S., you’ll find special menus and dining deals. Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, honoring the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. It’s a great day to visit your favorite French bistro or fine-dining establishment and commemorate these important events in France’s history.

French cuisine is the backbone of much of American cuisine, especially insofar as technique is concerned.  So even if you’re not dining out at a French restaurant today, the odds are that its influences are evident in the kitchen.

Look for the Bastille Day listing under “Offers and Events” on your OpenTable homepage to reserve a table today. Bon appétit!