Calling All Chefs: Top Chef Season 12 Auditions in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles + NYC

TCNOLASeason 11 of Top Chef just wrapped (Congrats, Nicholas Elmi!), but we’re already looking forward to the next mouthwatering competition. If you’ve always aspired to compete on the show that has helped usher in the next generation of America’s best chefs, come on down! Casting calls for season 12 of Top Chef are being held in cities across the U.S. This is the ideal opportunity to get in front of the folks who have had a hand in furthering the cooking careers of dozens of Top Chef winners and cheftestants.

Auditions begin TODAY in Atlanta and Dallas and head to other cities in the coming weeks. The current schedule is:

* ATLANTA: February 18 10AM-1PM, at The Spence, 75 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

* CHICAGO: February 24, 10AM-1PM, at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

* DALLAS: February 18, 10AM-1PM, at Hotel Palomar Dallas, 5300 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.

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OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q3 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the third quarter of 2013.

“The San Francisco Bay Area reservation-taking restaurant industry experienced a lift for the third quarter in a row, while most other major metropolitan areas that we track were essentially flat,” said our own Duncan Robertson, Chief Financial Officer of OpenTable. “The anomalous spike in Philadelphia was attributed to the timing of restaurant weeks which occurred in September rather than October this year.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 10,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation. Continue Reading

Hakkasan Beverly Hills Opens: Your Table Awaits!

HKBH Restaurant ImageThe Hakkasan dining experience has arrived in one America’s toniest zip codes.  Hakkasan Beverly Hills recently opened its doors for lunch and dinner, delivering a unique combination of authentic Cantonese cuisine, impeccable service, and opulent ambience.

Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon has created a menu featuring Hakkasan classics, such as roasted silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey and crispy duck salad, as well as dishes conceived especially for this new location and its clientele. Hakkasan Beverly Hills will also offer a bespoke beverage menu, with an array of Asian-inspired cocktails, wine, and sakes. General Manager Albert Charbonneau notes, “We have a universal standard of excellence across Hakkasan locations, to ensure a premier consistent experience that Hakkasan guests seek. However, Hakkasan also caters to the guests and neighbors within that new location. For this reason, there will be unique approaches blended with signature elements.”

The 10,000 square foot space was conceptualized by renowned Parisian design firm Gilles & Boissier and features an intricate and sultry Shanghai Chinois-inspired aesthetic throughout, translated into contemporary design and infused with the chic style of Beverly Hills. Charbonneau says, “Beverly Hills reflects the glamour and elegance of the Hakkasan brand.” Continue Reading

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q2 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the second quarter of 2013. 

“During the second quarter of 2013, the reservation-taking industry in the U.S. was flat year-over-year,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “For the second quarter in a row the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a lift, but most other major metropolitan areas that we track were essentially flat with the exception of Chicago, which continued to see a bit of a headwind during the second quarter.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation.Continue Reading