Pull Up a Chair: #100opentables Inside Look

ICYMI (which seems impossible), on April 9, 2015, 100 restaurants in 30 cities around the world hosted nearly 350 diners for once-in-a-lifetime #100opentables dining experiences. If you didn’t score a seat — or even if you did — check out snippets from these unique meals and find out why the #100opentables night was, and OpenTable is, all about what happens around the table.

 

So This Happened: #100opentables

In what will surely go down as one of the most delicious nights in history, 100 restaurants in 30 cities around the world hosted nearly 350 diners for unique #100opentables dinners on April 9th. Winners gathered with (lucky!) friends and family to share incredible dining experiences, from the epic 13-course tasting menu for two at Luksus to the whole beast feast for eight at Rhubarb.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the dining experience of a lifetime! It was an incredible (40 tastes?!) meal that expanded our palettes and satisfied our souls. And, we got to meet Chef Barber! What a night.” — @emilycgraff – #100opentables diner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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Everything was superb, from the greeting when we arrived, to the servers, the sommelier, the presentation, the food and the wine pairing. We especially enjoyed watching the view of the food preparation in the kitchen. In addition, the decor and ambiance in the restaurant are truly a sight to behold . This prize was a most memorable and fun surprise that we will never forget! Thank you and Open Table for making this memorable dinner possible.” — Barbara S. – #100opentables diner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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100 Dinners. 30 Cities. #100opentables Happens Tonight.

At OpenTable, we believe that many of life’s richest moments happen around the restaurant table. In celebration of this sentiment and our recent rebrand, we gave away 100 one-of-a-kind dining experiences in 30 cities, from “The Cellar Experience” at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns to the private chef’s table for four in the skybox at Restaurant Daniel – and they’re all happening this evening.

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To see what happens around the tables tonight, follow the hashtag #100opentables on Instagram and Twitter — and get inspired to create your own unforgettable experience with friends and family!

After an overwhelming number of entries and interest, we thank everyone for their participation. Congratulations to the winners* of the #100opentables experiences, including:

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Printers as Chef; Chicago’s The Pump Room Returns; Restaurants Will Save Our Fish; Rayner Mad Over G9 Manifesto; Chef Sedlar Returns; Lakshmi Bores

Clearly, Padma should have suited up for The Moth.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Fishing for answers. Restaurants may hold the key to the sustainable seafood movement. [Forest Grove News Times]

* Meet chef Hewlett Packard. Printers can now make food. I’m not kidding. [SmartPlanet]

* Pump up the volume. Iconic Chicago restaurant The Pump Room is ready for its close up — and reservations! [Chicago Tribune]

* London calling. Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay answer, with new restaurants CUT 432 and Bread Street Kitchen, respectively. [Business Insider]

* Manifestos should be off the menu. Jay Rayner takes issue with and aim at the G9 chefs’ manifesto. [The Guardian]

* A call for clean cooking. Chef José Andrés (America Eats) joins the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. [Fox News Latino]

* Call it a comeback. Chef John Sedlar isn’t resting on the laurels of his past success, Saint Estèphe, as evidenced by Rivera and Playa. [LA Times]

* Pack your knives and go. Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi nearly bored the audience to tears at The Moth. [NY Post]

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