Banana Republic Desk to Dinner Party: Shopping + Snacking with Bon App‪é‬tit

Last night, in six cities, Banana Republic shoppers were treated to Desk to Dinner parties! Top chefs, including Justin Smillie of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria of Manhattan, prepared elegant finger foods and Clos du Bois wine flowed, as fashion-minded foodies revamped their wardrobes with pieces from Banana Republic’s Desk to Dinner collection. We’ve rounded up a few shots of the Manhattan event.

The Banana Republic Desk to Dinner collection is available in all Banana Republic stores. And, you can make reservations at Bon Appétit’s list of hot summer dining spots on OpenTable.

Going from Desk to Dinner: Tips from Stylist to the Stars Annie Ladino

Stylist Annie Ladino is a fashionista as well as a foodie.

As you know, OpenTable has teamed with Banana Republic and Bon Appétit to help you dine with style this summer. Banana Republic has created a fashion-forward Desk to Dinner collection, while the gourmets over at Bon Appétit have curated an exclusive list of the best summer dining spots in ChicagoHoustonMiamiNew York, and San Francisco.

Now that we know what to wear when we go from Desk to Dinner — and where to have dinner, we wanted some practical tips about making the transition from work to play. Thankfully, Annie Ladino and Shop It To Me answered our call. Annie Ladino is a New York-based fashion stylist, editor, and the Chief Stylist for Shop It To Me, a site that tells you where the clothing, shoes and accessories you want are on sale in your size. Like OpenTable, it’s a saviour for the time-starved.

As one of her industry’s top emerging talents, Annie never knows what each new work week will bring. One day she might be styling Brooklyn Decker for a major Red Carpet event, and the next she may be on location supervising wardrobe for a music video. (She just wrapped Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s video for the single “Good Time”). After a harried day of running from pillar to post (A stylist’s job is often more glamourous than it seems!), Ladino shares her tips for going from desk to dinner.Continue Reading

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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Desk to Dinner: Banana Republic, Bon Appétit + OpenTable Invite You to Dine with Style This Summer

Banana Republic can show you how to dress for success in the boardroom and the dining room!

OpenTable has teamed with Banana Republic and Bon Appétit to help you dine with style this summer. Banana Republic has created a fashion-forward Desk to Dinner collection to help you stylishly transition from day to night. And, the gourmets over at Bon Appétit have curated an exclusive list of the best summer dining spots in Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.

We’re kicking it all off at six events at Banana Republic stores around the nation Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6PM. Banana Republic cardmembers can enjoy exclusive early access from 5-6PM. Shop the newest Banana Republic arrivals, enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and limited production Reserve wines from Clos du Bois Winery, and meet stellar chefs!

* Chicago: Meet Chef-Owner David Schneider of Taxim at the Michigan Avenue Flagship store located at 744 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

* Houston: Meet Chef-Owner Bryan Caswell of Reef at the Highland Village Shopping Center store located at 3922 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas.

* Miami: Meet Executive Chef + Partner Jeff McInnis of Yardbird at the Aventura Mall Store located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, Florida.

* New York: Meet Executive Chef Justin Smillie of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria at the Rockefeller Center Flagship store located at 626 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.

* San Francisco: Meet Chef-Owner Melissa Perello of Frances at the Grant Avenue Flagship store located at 256 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California.

* Santa Monica: Meet Chef-Owner Susan Feniger of STREET and Border Grill + Chef-Owner Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill at the Third Street Promenade store located at 1202 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California.

Join us on the 19th to make this your most stylish summer yet!