Dining with Strangers via Social Media; Advice from a Restaurant Host + More

Dining with strangers probably involves talking to them, too. We’re not sure if Rick would approve.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t talk to strangers. Dine with them instead. [The National]

* Please don’t seat yourself. And other niceties restaurant hosts wish you would observe when dining out. [OnMilwaukee.com]

* Californians, look away! It’s Restaurant Augusts foie gras three ways. [NOLA.com]

* What happens when hot dogs meet pizza pies? If you guessed an apocalypse, you’re wrong. [Journal Gazette]

* Sundance suggestions. Here are some Park City dining recommendations from a local. [CityWeekly]

* Is what you’re eating working for you? Or, rather, helping you work. Turns out that what you consume affects your performance on the job. [IndianExpress]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ filesFood photos unlike anything you’ve seen. [Hongkiat.com]

Sundance Film Festival 2010: Spotlight on Park City Dining

Close up on an Series of HousesThe 27th Annual Sundance Film Festival starts tomorrow and runs through January 31. In addition to being known for celebrities, skiing, snowboarding, and swag, the Sundance Film Festival attracts independent film fans from around the world. Park City, a tiny resort town in Utah, is normally home to fewer than 10,000 people, but its numbers can swell to almost 55,000 during the festival each year. What this means for diners is that most restaurants are swelling with hungry patrons.

To increase your chances of filling up on good food while you get your fill of indie films, book your reservations today. Popular restaurants include Bistro Toujours, Chez Betty, The Glitretind Restaurant, Goldener Hirsch, Ruth’s Chris, Zoom, and many others.

You can also book on the fly using OpenTable Mobile to make sure you don’t get left out in the cold at Sundance.