The Perfect Present: What 8 Celebrity Chefs Want for the Holidays

The phrase ‘celebrity chef’ might conjure images of a glamorous life filled with fan-packed book signings, high profile television appearances and hanging out with Hollywood A-listers. But no matter how big a star you are in the culinary world, the job still requires long hours in the kitchen doing backbreaking work. By the time December rolls around, these top toques are looking forward to some rest and relaxation just like everyone else. As they gather around the Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah, or Festivus pole, they’re hoping to find a thoughtful gift from their loved ones. Here’s what 8 celebrity chefs want for the holidays. Santa and co., we hope you’re listening.

Michael Schlow, The Riggsby + Tico, Washington, D.C.
“In our house we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, and every year my friends and family ask me, ‘What do you want as a gift this year?’ I’ve got the most important gift, which is my amazing family and my health, and Santa knows I’ve also received my fair share of good wines and sharp sweaters every year. Since I have no control on world peace – and my silent prayers for a simple, fair, flat tax code continue to go unanswered – I keep looking around at what I really want for the holidays this year. I really don’t want for much, but I’d be thrilled with a new pair of Todd Rogers frames, a big gift certificate to Korin, my favorite Japanese cutlery shop, in New York City, and a couple of nights away, just me and my wife.”

What 8 Celebrity Chefs Want for the Holidays

Michael Mina, MICHAEL MINA, San Francisco, California
“When I traveled to Lebanon, I visited the market and met the most amazing spice vendor and got an incredible Middle Eastern Barbecue spice mix. I have been trying to track down that vendor ever since and would love to get more of that mix. Maybe Santa can help me out with this one….”

What 8 Celebrity Chefs Want for the Holidays

Spike Mendelsohn, Béarnaise, Washington, D.C.
“This Festivus I want a new longboard. Next year, I’m taking my wife surfing in Fiji, so a new board would make the trip even more amazing. I’d also like more reservations through OpenTable. Full house, baby!”

What 8 Celebrity Chefs Want for Christmas

Marc Forgione, American Cut, New York, New York
“ I want the Chevy that Chief Brody drives in Jaws because it’s one of my favorite movies, and I always thought it was one of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen. However, I would paint mine black.”

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Happy Appiversary: The OpenTable App Celebrates 7 Years with 7 Hours of Gifts


Join our lucky 7th Appiversary celebration! To celebrate the launch of the OpenTable app in 2008, we’ll be giving away gifts to seven winners in seven hours on November 17, 2015.

Here’s how to get enter for a chance to win. Launch the OpenTable app today between 9AM-4PM PT, and either book a reservation for any future meal OR, using the hashtag #Appiversary7, share a restaurant from the OpenTable app(learn how) on Twitter with @OpenTable. One U.S.-based winner will be selected at random every hour starting at 10AM PT. Winners will be announced on Twitter and other OpenTable social channels. In total, seven lucky winners will each receive a $100 OpenTable Gift.

Since their inception, OpenTable’s mobile platforms have seated more than 245 million people worldwide. In seven years, we’ve come a long way, with apps now available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore in multiple countries. And, exciting benefits are being added to our apps faster than ever before. We’re always cooking up lots of delicious app improvements, so we can delight diners even more.

You’re invited to get the free OpenTable app and join the celebration today!

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Mother’s Day Gifts: Present Mom with a Delicious OpenTable Gift

frozen souffle mother's day blog copyNo Mother’s Day gifts? No problem! OpenTable has you covered with delicious OpenTable Gifts — up until the very last minute.

With thousands of restaurants from which to choose, OpenTable Gifts is the easiest and most convenient way to send the special mom in your life a personalized online gift card to her favorite restaurants. And, you don’t need to even do the choosing. When you visit, if you select “Choose a restaurant,” you pick the city, the restaurant, and the amount. If you select “Let your friend choose,” you can buy a gift card that is good at any participating restaurant; you only decide on the amount. The gifts will be delivered via email, either instantly or at a future date. You can also print the gift card to present it to mom in person.

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Give the Gift of Fine Dining on Cyber Monday

OT GiftsHappy Cyber Monday! As you shake off the turkey-tryptophan sleepiness and turn your attention to gifts for your loved ones, we invite you to give the gift of deliciousness with OpenTable Gifts on this click-and-gift day! Available in 30 cities across the nation and good at more than 2,000 restaurants, OpenTable Gifts are a great fit for anyone on your shopping list.

You can choose the restaurant and the amount or just select the amount you’d like to gift and let your lucky recipient pick which restaurant to redeem it at. It’s that easy!

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