On Our Plate This Week: Deciding on Group Dining; Sustainable Seafood in Seattle; More Restaurant Weeks Starting Soon; Fight Crime with a Fork in NOLA

Arctic char is a great choice for diners interested in eating only sustainable seafood.

Happenings on and around OpenTable this week…

* We’re wondering how you decide where to dine when you’re going out in a group. Vote in our poll!

* It’s easier than ever for Seattle diners to enjoy sustainable seafood, thanks to our partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Find restaurants serving seafood that is caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways now!

* Restaurant Weeks happening this week include Baltimore Restaurant WeekHouston Restaurant WeekMiami Spice, and COOLinary in NOLA.

* Looking ahead, reservations are now open for additional restaurant weeks, including Alexandria Restaurant Week, Atlanta’s Midtown Restaurant WeekRestaurant Week BostonCenter City District Restaurant WeekCosta Mesa Restaurant WeekDallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant WeekD.C. Restaurant Week, Louisiana Seafood Restaurant WeekDowntown Raleigh Restaurant WeekSan Diego Restaurant Week, and Dine Tampa Bay.

* If you’re going to be in the New Orleans area on August 11th, don’t forget to help Fight Crime with a Fork.

 

On Our Plate This Week: Your First OpenTable Reservation; Houston Restaurant Weeks, Miami Spice + COOLINARY Kick Off; Michael Laiskonis + TCJD Return

Looks like you could use a cupcake! Or, is that just me?

Happenings on and around OpenTable this week…

* We’re wondering what your very first restaurant reservation on OpenTable was. Share your answer on Twitter or Facebook.

* We’re still celebrating the release of our 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 50 Scenic View Restaurants. Peep the winners here.

* Restaurant Weeks happening this week include Howard County Restaurant Week, Houston Restaurant WeekHudson Restaurant WeekMiami SpiceCOOLinary in NOLA, and SF Chefs Restaurant Week.

* Looking ahead, reservations are now open additional restaurant weeks, including Alexandria Restaurant WeekBaltimore Restaurant WeekRestaurant Week BostonCenter City District Restaurant WeekCosta Mesa Restaurant WeekDallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant WeekD.C. Restaurant WeekDowntown Raleigh Restaurant WeekSan Diego Restaurant Week, and Dine Tampa Bay.

* If you’re going to be in the New Orleans area on August 11th, Fight Crime with a Fork.

* We’re looking forward to another season of Top Chef: Just Desserts and are thrilled that Le Bernardin Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis will be watching with us once again. If you have any questions for Michael about what transpired on last season or what we should look forward to this season, share them in the comments below or on Twitter.

* Finally, do you know what’s not on my plate this week (or last)? Carbs. I gave them up. It’s actually going miserably great. I’m starving not hungry at all. P.S.: Can someone please send me a cupcake?