LudoBites 7.0 Sells Out in 60 Seconds; Dope-Free Dining; Lyonnaise Cuisine for Dummies; American Menus Through the Years; Charlie Palmer on Sin City

"Finally, there's something hotter than I am in Gone in 60 Seconds. And it's LudoBites 7.0."

* Gone in 60 seconds. That’s right! LudoBites 7.0 sold out in under a minute! [FrenchChefWife]

* Just in time for Bastille Day: Lyon chef Chris Leahy explains what Lyonnaise cuisine really is. [Fork in the Road]

* Where’s his ‘stache? Chef Charlie Palmer reflects on the Vegas dining scene in a guest column. [Las Vegas Sun]

* Is 1833 the most anticipated restaurant of the century? If you live in Monterey, it just may be. [InsideScoopSF]

* Don’t be a dope. Dine dope-free, if you’re a swimmer or not, in China. [TimesLive]

* How to Make  Michael Bauer Drool by Michael Bauer. Menu writers, take note. [InsideScoopSF]

* Summer breeze, makes me feel fine. Blowing through the jasmine rice in my mind. Chefs get sappy about foods of summers past. [HuffPost Food]

* A book that really is food for thought. Check out this first look at Menu Design in America, 1850-1985. [The Atlantic]

An Open Apology to Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre + LudoBites Lovers, from OpenTable

If you don’t know what LudoBites is, well, you should. It’s a dining sensation that’s single-handedly sweeping the City of Angels. A pop-up restaurant executed in sheer guerilla style by renowned chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife/partner in culinary crime Krissy (aka FrenchChefWife), LudoBites has become the hottest, tastiest ticket in Los Angeles.

As you may imagine, the Lefebvres experience enormous demand for the unique dining experiences that are the roving LudoBites events. OpenTable stepped up to help them answer that demand in a democratic and efficient manner (first come, first reserved, if you will). However, while using our system for their latest event, LudoBites 6.0, all did not go according to plan.

We apologize to the Lefebvres and all of the diners who experienced technical problems while trying to book reservations for LudoBites 6.0 last night. LudoBites is a phenomenon that concentrates unprecedented reservation demand for a single restaurant with a limited number of tables in a very short window of time. We had a plan for how to customize our service to accommodate the extraordinary search volume for LudoBites 6.0, but we didn’t implement that plan properly. The traffic overwhelmed our systems, and some hopeful diners experienced intermittent problems until the restaurant was fully booked after less than 90 minutes.

OpenTable was built with the idea that securing a dining reservation should be effortless. We didn’t live up to that promise under the unique conditions of LudoBites, and we’ll be taking a closer look at our processes to ensure we deliver a consistently high-quality experience in the future.

To learn more about the talented Chef Lefebvre and the one-of-a-kind LudoBites, please visit