Help #86AIDS with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) this June

OpenTable-Email-Header-600x250-white 1.54.36 PM copyYou’re invited to stand with top chefs + restaurateurs in the battle against AIDS with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is a one-month campaign which turns food and drink into a force to fight AIDS.

When a restaurant “eighty-sixes” a dish, it rids it from the menu. You can help by turning the dining out we all love toward the battle against this devastating disease and #86AIDS. Participating chefs + restaurants include José Andrés, Mario Batali, Michael Mina, and Nancy Silverton, among others.

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Six Super Satisfying Soul Foods to Celebrate Soul Food Month

Though the term ‘soul food’ wasn’t introduced until the 1960’s, this heritage cuisine has roots extending back to African slaves in the 14th century. Its original dishes were forged out of the off-cuts and leftovers they were given by their owners, supplemented with whatever produce they could grow or forage and the wild game they hunted. Over time, it evolved to include a broader variety of ingredients and has become the backbone of what most people consider Southern cuisine. Traditionally, this comforting cooking was served mainly below the Mason-Dixon line, though now you can easily find it to the north in New York City and beyond. To honor Soul Food month, we’ve assembled six super satisfying soul foods that will stick to your belly and give you a little taste of history.

Blujeen, Harlem, New York
Chef-owner Lance Knowling is a master of elevating rootsy cuisines to new heights. A perfect example is his smothered pork tenderloin, which comes spangled with sweet potato succotash and a dappling of pan drippings. No wonder Chelsea Clinton hired him to cater her wedding.

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Café B, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mac ‘n’ cheese may well be the ultimate comfort food. This winning rendition is made with Irish white cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmigiano-Reggiano – plus a Parmesan topping. Gloriously gooey and über-rich, it’s the perfect kickoff to a meal or a satisfying side.

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Macon Bistro & Larder, Washington, D.C. 
There are few more satisfying sides than a basketful of warm biscuits. These butter-rich rounds are flaky, fluffy, and filling. Split one open to spread on your choice of sweet honey butter or piquant pepper jelly.

Paschal’s Restaurant, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, and Aretha Franklin have all made pilgrimages to this soul food mecca. They came for the restaurant’s blue ribbon fried chicken, which has been made with the same recipe since 1947. Each order comes with a breast, leg, and wing, plus your choice of a side (go for the collard greens or black-eyed peas).Continue Reading

2015 RAMMY Award Winners: Congratulations to DC’s Honorees

The 2015 RAMMY awards were held in Washington, D.C. last night, and OpenTable was in the house to help celebrate some of the nation’s most talented culinary professionals. Congratulations to all the 2015 RAMMY award winners, including:

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Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm (pictured)

Chef of the Year:
Victor Albisu – Del Campo

Restaurateur of the Year:
José Andrés and Rob Wilder – ThinkFoodGroup

New Restaurant of the Year:
Fiola Mare

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Le Diplomate

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Le Diplomate

Everyday Casual Brunch:
The Daily Dish

Cocktail Program of the Year:
Bourbon Steak

Wine Program of the Year:
Iron Gate

Employee of the Year:
Evan Labb – Evening Star Café
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2015 RAMMY Award Nominees: Join Us on June 7th in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 RAMMY Award nominees are out – and we’ll be in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 7 to cheer on this year’s honorees. The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards recognize hospitality excellence in multiple categories. We’ll be there when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Buy tickets today to root for your favorites and to sample amazing eats and craft cocktails.

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Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2015 RAMMY Awards, including:

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar
Cashion’s Eat Place
Evening Star Café

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Birch & Barley
Kapnos – DC
Le Diplomate
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Seasons at The Four Seasons

Everyday Casual Brunch:
The Daily Dish
DGS Delicatessen
The Liberty Tavern

Favorite Fast Bites:
G by Mike Isabella

Cocktail Program of the Year:
barmini by José Andrés
Bourbon Steak
Iron Gate
Trummer’s on Main

Beer Program of the Year:
The Arsenal at Bluejacket
Brasserie Beck
Granville Moore’s
Mad Fox Brewing Company

Wine Program of the Year:
Charlie Palmer Steak
Fiola
Iron Gate
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Employee of the Year:
Aurelio Diaz – RIS
Adnane Kebaier – Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Evan Labb – Evening Star Café
LaGina Lewis – Farmers Fishers Bakers
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