On Our Plate: Top Female Chefs; iPad App for Restaurants; Atlanta Hotel Restaurant Week; Poutine; Pete Campbell’s Fave App; Dine Out to Fight AIDS

Pete Campbell smiles, knowing that OpenTable and his smartphone will help him outsmart Roger's recent efforts to undermine him at client lunches.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of our new Electronic Reservation Book and iPad app for restaurants. Get all the details!

* What app would Pete Campbell use if Mad Men had smartphones? Take one guess!

* There are many women making history in restaurant kitchens across the nation. We’ve rounded up 12.

* This week’s restaurant review trendPoutine!

* At which meal are you most likely to try a new restaurantLet us know in this week’s poll!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Reserve to Dine out to fight AIDS at select DenverMinneapolisPhiladelphiaSan DiegoSan Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  restaurants on April 26th!

* Restaurant Weeks in Atlanta Hotel and Austin are happening now. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less in your city.

* Restaurant reservations are now available for additional Restaurant Weeks, including DetroitLong IslandMain LineSeattle, and Tacoma.

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OpenTable Releases New Electronic Reservation Book + iPad App for Restaurants

[singlepic id=21 w=400 h=300 float=right]We’re pleased to announce the latest version of our Electronic Reservation Book, which incorporates an API that provides the platform for the new iPad app and browser-based remote access products.

Version 10.0 offers a number of feature enhancements including intelligent waitlist functionality that significantly improves the accuracy of quoted wait times.  In addition, both the optional “OpenTable Manager for iPad” and “OpenTable Remote Manager” products enable anytime, anywhere access to the Electronic Reservation Book, making it easy for restaurateurs to monitor their reservation book, status tables, update guest records, and view performance metrics from wherever they are.

“With all of our restaurant product offerings, the goal is to help our customers increase their operational efficiency and profitability,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable.  “We built version 10.0 with this objective in mind and believe the added level of control the system provides will help restaurateurs better serve their guests by making it more efficient for them to manage their front-of-house operations, whether they’re on- or off-site.”

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OpenTable for iPad Is Here: Satisfy Your iPad App-etite Today!

OpenTable-for-iPadMany people have been asking when OpenTable will bring its mobile app to Apple’s iPad.  We are excited to tell you that the answer is — today!  You can now download the latest OpenTable app here.
As a mobile product manager, I wanted to share our view of this exciting platform. While it’s not yet entirely clear, we believe people will use the iPad in different ways than they do the iPhone. Until there are a greater number of 3G-capable devices in diners’ hands, we won’t know whether the primary use will be at home, at work, or on-the-go, but when the iPad is used in the home, it tends to be a communal device. Like the TV remote, it’s something that is likely shared among friends and family while sitting on the couch.  Because most dining decisions are communal, the iPad, then, is a terrific platform for planning where to eat tonight (and every night). The iPad’s generous screen means that you can browse more information at once, making it easier and faster than ever to find the perfect open table any time.
Developed in close collaboration with Sequence, the OpenTable iPad app incorporates all the unique features iPhone users have come to know and love while putting even more information at diners’ fingertips. Where we go from here – and where you dine — is up to you, dear iPad user.
Don’t delay; download the free OpenTable for iPad today.  And, please be sure to share your feedback with us at iphonefeedback@OpenTable.com.

OpenTable-for-iPadMany people have been asking when OpenTable will bring its mobile app to Apple’s iPad.  We are excited to tell you that the answer is — today!  You can now download the latest OpenTable app here.

As a mobile product manager, I wanted to share our view of this exciting platform. While it’s not yet entirely clear, we believe people will use the iPad in different ways than they do the iPhone. Until there are a greater number of 3G-capable devices in diners’ hands, we won’t know whether the primary use will be at home, at work, or on-the-go, but when the iPad is used in the home, it tends to be a communal device. Like the TV remote, it’s something that is likely shared among friends and family while sitting on the couch.  Because most dining decisions are communal, the iPad, then, is a terrific platform for planning where to eat tonight (and every night). The iPad’s generous screen means that you can browse more information at once, making it easier and faster than ever to find the perfect open table any time.

Developed in close collaboration with Sequence, the OpenTable iPad app incorporates all the unique features iPhone users have come to know and love while putting even more information at diners’ fingertips. Where we go from here – and where you dine — is up to you, dear iPad user.

Don’t delay; download the free OpenTable for iPad today.  And, please be sure to share your feedback with us at iphonefeedback@OpenTable.com.

Still not convinced? Watch a demo of the OpenTable for iPad app in action below!