Are You a Foodie Under 40? Join James Beard Foundation Greens!

greensOpenTable is the proud to be the official house purveyor of hospitality solutions for the prestigious James Beard Foundation and the historic James Beard House in New York. And, today, we are pleased to share a delicious opportunity for New York City-area food lovers, ages 21-39.

You are cordially invited to join James Beard Foundation Greens. JBF Greens provides insider access to the city’s hottest new restaurants, chefs, and culinary trends, all while enjoying great food and drinks. While these events are open to the public, a JBF Greens membership entitles diners to reduced pricing for all events, early access to event booking, entrance to special members-only gatherings, and many other great benefits, including meeting likeminded folks with a passion for New York’s rich food culture.

Specific perks include:

* Advance notice of Greens events, which are held about once a month
* Member-priced tickets for two people for all Greens events (does not apply to non-Greens events)
* BF Notes, our bimonthly newsletter exclusively for JBF members
* Beard Bites member version, our biweekly e-newsletter with exclusive content for members
* Access to exclusive members content on jamesbeard.org
* Special monthly invitations by email to purchase tickets at a Greens Table at select Beard House events.* This is your opportunity to experience dining at the Beard House at a discounted rate of only $85 while being seated with other Greens members!

Dues are just $75 per year. Please visit www.jamesbeard.org/greens to sign up today! Diners can also book reservations and learn more about upcoming general events and dinners at the James Beard House by visiting JBF Events

*Please note that JBF Greens members receive member-level prices for Greens events only. Greens members do not receive the member rate for regular JBF dining events at the James Beard House and special events. There are at least a dozen JBF Greens events throughout the year.

OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants!

Root-Vegetable-SaladlowJust in time for fabulous fall dining, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

With gifted chefs and inventive menus, the list of winners spans 26 states and includes Beast in Portland, Oregon, Moto in Chicago, and Vedge in Philadelphia. California accounts for 20 honorees, followed by Pennsylvania with 10 winners and Illinois with nine. Oregon and Washington restaurants each boast seven standouts apiece. Arizona, New York, and Texas all claim five winners. Colorado and Maine earned four spots, while both Minnesota and North Carolina have three. Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, and Missouri each have two winning restaurants. Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia restaurants are also represented. Restaurants serving American fare, including Californian, Northwest, and Southern, proved most popular; other notable cuisines on the list include French, Italian, Japanese, and vegetarian.

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On Our Plate: Top 50 Foodie Restaurants; Dine Out Irene + More Charitable Events; Gwinnett Restaurant Week and Others Continue; Work for OpenTable

Dine Out Irene supports NY-area farms that were devastated by the recent hurricane.

Happenings on and around OpenTable this week…

* We’re feting the winners of the OpenTable 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for Fit for Foodies restaurants. Find out which 50 restaurants earned awards — and which region swept the nation!

* It’s on! Help end childhood hunger now by dining at a restaurant participating in the Share Our Strength Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign, through September 24, 2011. Find a table near you now!

* Other opportunities to give back while dining out include Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels on October 4, Dine Out + Donate to StreetSmart 4 Kids in San Francisco from September 15 to November 15, and Dine Out Irene in New York on September 25, From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out in Baltimore from October 2-9, and Chicago’s In Good Taste from October 1-31.

* Purchase tickets for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) “World Fare: A Street Food Festival” in Arlington, Virginia, on October 2, 2011, to enjoy fine fare and drink from the D.C. area’s best female chefs, brewers, sommeliers, farmers, bee keepers, cheese makers, food truck operators and more

* Restaurant Weeks happening this week include Arizona Restaurant Week, Discover Queens Restaurant WeekCenter City District Restaurant WeekFlavor Palm Beach, Gwinnett Restaurant WeekMiami SpiceSan Diego Restaurant WeekSilicon Valley Restaurant Week, and Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month.

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Top 50 Fit for Foodies Restaurants: Meet the 2011 Diners’ Choice Award Winners!

Melissa Perello's San Francisco restaurant Frances is a Fit for Foodies winner!

OpenTable is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 50 fit for foodies restaurants. Derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the list of honorees is the ultimate guide for those for whom dining is sport!

The San Francisco Bay Area, home to scores of innovative chefs, such as Daniel Patterson (Coi), Melissa Perello (Frances) and Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), bested the nation, earning 13 places on the list. Chicago chefs Stefanie Izard and Graham Elliot helped the Windy City grab six awards, for second place. Meanwhile, New York City trailed with five wins, including Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy. Seattle and the greater Boston area each boast five recipients, including a win for Boston’s Barbara Lynch. Farther west, the Twin Cities scored a grand slam with four standout spots on the list: Haute Dish, Heartland Restaurant, Piccolo, and Saffron. Arizona, Colorado, Philadelphia, Oregon and South Carolina, among others, are also represented.

Our heartiest congratulations to all the winners. Diners, what restaurant do you think is truly fit for foodies? Weigh in here or on Facebook!