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The Cultivated Plate: Shopping and Sourcing with Chef Al Nappo of Founding Farmers

OpenTable’s weekly feature The Cultivated Plate, in which we check in with chefs and restaurateurs about how and from where they source their ingredients, continues with chef Al Nappo of Washington, D.C. restaurant Founding Farmers. Chef Al Nappo shares his sourcing story with OpenTable after the jump.

Top Chef D.C. Episode 2: The Proof Is in the Pudding

Welcome to week two of “Top Chef: D.C.” To spice things up, I’ve enlisted Ed Hardy, a professional chef in Manhattan, to watch along with me. Ed has worked for Danny Meyer and Marcus Samuelsson and has auditioned for “Top Chef” twice. [Full disclosure: I attended the French Culinary Institute with Ed and he’s a friend, [...]

Top Chef D.C. Episode One: Find Out Who Are the Standouts

The first episode of Season 7 of “Top Chef” opens in Washington, D.C. with the lovely Padma Lakshmi calling the nation’s capital “the city of idealists, visionaries and ruthless powerseekers,” and you can’t help but wonder if she’s talking about the town or the new cast. This batch of hopefuls includes the usual suspects: The [...]

Chef Watch: José Andrés Gets a Prize; The Obamas’ Favorite Chef; Michael Mina’s New Venture, and More

* José Andrés (The Bazaar by José Andrés) will receive the 2010 grand prize from the Vilcek Foundation, “which annually honors the contributions of foreign-born Americans in the areas of art, culture and science” on April 7th at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. [Washington Post] * Restaurateur Donatella Arpaia (Mia Donna) can cook. No, [...]

Dining Out on Easter: Egg-cellent Deals at Restaurants Near You

Easter is less than a month away, and, if you’re a planner (as I am), you’re probably ready to book a table at a restaurant for that day. What I love about Easter is that many restaurants offer brunch or an early traditional dinner (think ham and lamb). There’s something about eating dinner especially early [...]

Winter Restaurant Weeks: AC, Buckhead, DC, Denver, MSP and the OC!

Maybe the folks from Orange County, California, aren’t sick of winter, but I’m pretty sure the rest of us are. The good news, aside from spring’s arrival on March 20, is that winter restaurant weeks are still happening across the nation. Denver Restaurant Week runs through Friday, March 5 as does Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week. [...]

It’s Not Too Late to Have a Happy Valentine’s Day With OpenTable

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. That’s right, procrastinators — it’s just a day away! There’s no need to panic, though. OpenTable can help you be a hero and save the day, even at the very last minute. To wit, there is availability on OpenTable.com for two people at 7PM on Valentine’s Day at more than 50% [...]

Chef Watch: Jamie Lauren’s Walk-In; Ron Duprat’s Efforts to Help Haiti; Patricia Yeo’s ‘Son-in-Law’ Eggs; and More

Chefs who are making headlines this week… * Jamie Lauren, from “Top Chef “Season 5, shows the Grub Street gang her super-neat walk-in at San Francisco’s Absinthe Brasserie, where she’s the executive chef.  [Grub Street San Francisco] * Speaking of “Top Chef”, Season 6 contestant Ron Duprat, executive chef at Latitudes Beach Café at the [...]

Winter Restaurant Weeks Are Here!

Does the arctic chill that’s blanketed much of our nation have you down? We’ve got some heartwarming and stomach-filling news: Winter Restaurant Weeks have finally arrived. Washington, D.C. Winter Restaurant Week 2010 is in full effect along with Restaurant Week South Carolina. New York Restaurant Week is about to begin, as are Baltimore, Philadelphia Center [...]

Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week Starts Monday

Washington, D.C. Winter Restaurant Week begins Monday, January 11, 2010, and runs until the 17th. Presented by Destination DC and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, diners can take advantage of $20.10 three-course lunches and $35.10 for three-course dinners. In its 16th year, participating restaurants include Alain Ducasse’s Adour at the St. Regis, The Palm, Sam [...]