July 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Celebrate Your City’s Culinary Scene for Less

July 2016 Restaurant WeeksWhether you’re traveling or staying local this summer, discounted dining is coming to a metropolitan area near you, thanks to July 2016 restaurant weeks.

* NYC French Restaurant Week offers sumptuous meals for the revolutionary prices of $17.89, $35.78 + $178.90 in celebration of Bastille Week, through July 17. Make a reservation.

* Toronto Summerlicious features $18 ,$23 + $28 lunches and $28, $38 + $48 dinners, July 8-24. Make a reservation.

* Providence Restaurant Weeks brings you $14.95 lunches and $29.95 and $34.94 dinners, July 10-23. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge serves up $15, $20, $25, $30 + $35 prix-fixe menus, July 11-16. Make a reservation.

* Clayton Restaurant Week is your chance to enjoy three-course $25 + $35 dinners, July 11-17. Make a reservation.

* University City Dining Days in Philadelphia showcases $15, $25 + $35 dinners, July 14-24. Make a reservation.

* Charlottesville Restaurant Week in Virginia beckons with $19, $29 + $39 dinners, July 15-23. Make a reservation.

* Gwinnett Restaurant Week has three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners for just $25, July 17-21. Make a reservation.

* Mpls-St. Paul Magazine Restaurant Week lets you choose from $10, $15 + $20 lunches and $25, $30 + $35 dinners, July 17-22. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Columbus starts soon. Book now for $15, $20, $25, $30 + $35 meals, July 18-23. Make a reservation.Continue Reading

Save $15 on Business Dining When You Pay with OpenTable This Week #likeaboss

PAY_twitter-businesslunch-r2aScore points with management this week by saving $15 on business dining. When you book a table and pay through the OpenTable app* for your next business meal on Monday, September 14 through Friday, September 18, you’ll save $15** on your experience — how’s that for mixing business with pleasure? Here’s how it works:

* Make a reservation and dine September 14-18 at a restaurant that accepts OpenTable mobile payments.

* Add the promo code likeaboss in the top right when you view your check in the app. (You can only use it once!)

* And there you have it —  $15 credit toward your bill. Now, who’s the boss? (Hint: It’s not Tony Danza.)

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2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America + 16 Delicious Instagrammable Dishes

The results of our most delicious annual awards are in! Work up an appetite and make a reservation at one of the OpenTable 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing both new and established restaurants in some of the nation’s most rapidly growing dining destinations, the complete list features winning restaurants in 22 states and the District of Columbia, and includes Al’s Place in San Francisco, La Vara in Brooklyn, and Parachute in Chicago. The honorees show a commitment to local, sustainable sourcing and the creation of craft cocktails, soulful plates, many of which are finished in wood-fired ovens, and warm hospitality. Check out these 16 dishes from the winning restaurants that should be on every foodie’s must-try list.

Newer restaurants proved most popular, with a quarter of the eateries having opened in 2015 alone, and the majority of honorees were founded in the last five years. Restaurants serving American fare dominate the awards; however, the list represents cuisines from every corner of the globe, including Asian, Basque, French, Israeli, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian. Geographically speaking, New York has 12 winning restaurants, followed by California with 11, Texas with nine, and Minnesota and Oregon with eight each. Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania each have six honorees, while Washington boasts five. Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia have three each. Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all have two eateries. Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, and Ohio are also represented.Continue Reading

Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2015: Book a Table

Food & Wine magazine recently announced its annual roster of Best New Chefs of 2015. The honorees represent chefs who have been running a kitchen for less than five years and who are winning fans and attention in their culinary communities. A few commonalities among the winners, according to Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin, include nods to the past and a highly personal aspect to their cooking. “The chefs seem to be cooking to please themselves, and in the process have dazzled diners,” Cowin told CNN. The standout chefs include:

Chef Zoi Antonitsas, Westward, Seattle, Washington

Résumé: Chef Antonitsas may be familiar to diners outside the Seattle area because of her turn as a cheftestant on season 4 of Top Chef. Formerly the executive chef at Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle, Antonitsas worked at  Zazu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastapol, and the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco before opening Westward in the fall of 2013 and bringing her unique blend of Mediterranean-meets-Pacific Northwest cuisine to the shores of Lake Union. She also served as a consultant for nopa.
Rave review for her food: “The food — ah! The food was amazing! I loved that everything was so simple, yet so delicious — how food should be. The presentation was impeccable.”
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PFE - chef katie button panuelo de chocolate - 5.2011Chef Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, North Carolina

Résumé: Scientist-cum-chef Button opened Cúrate in 2011 after mastering her culinary craft at Spain’s legendary El Bulli. Later stints include Jean-Georges in New York and The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills. She also opened the bar Nightbell, and is penning her first cookbook. Cúrate has been named a Top 100 Best Restaurant in America in 2013 and a Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurant in 2014 by OpenTable diners.
Rave review for her food: “The quality of the food was outstanding. I have been to Spain multiple times and this was like being there, from the food to the wine to the unhurried pace of the meal.”
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Chef Jim Christiansen, Heyday, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Résumé: His experience may be primarily rooted in the midwest, but chef Christiansen found his inspiration abroad as well, namely in the cuisine of Copenhagen’s renowned noma, at which he staged. After spending time in the kitchens of La Belle Vie and UNION Rooftop Restaurant in the Twin Cities, Christiansen opened Heyday to acclaim in April 2014.
Rave review for his food: “The kitchen obviously knows their stuff and the chef is inspired from start to finish. With baked goods done in house, everything is super fresh and innovative without being inaccessible. We were so happy with our food and our server; it couldn’t have been better.”
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Chef Tim Maslow, Ribelle, Boston, Massachusetts

Résumé: Chef Maslow is well known to Boston foodies, having first wowed diners when he revamped the menu at his father Paul’s aging Watertown restaurant Strip-T’s. Previously, he honed his skills within the Momofuku family of restaurants in Manhattan, rising to chef de cuisine of Momofuku Ssam Bar. He opened Ribelle in March of 2013 and received four stars from the Boston Globe a little more than half a year later.
Rave review for his food: “Whenever I get a chance to stop by Ribelle, I again realize that Tim is at the very top of the list of the best chefs in the Boston area. As a foodie, I love this place.”
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