On Our Plate: Thanksgiving Reservations + Turkey; Best American Restaurants; Q3 Restaurant Industry Index; Seattle Restaurant Week + More

SDRW2014Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Thanksgiving is just four days away. There’s still time to leave the cooking to the pros.

* Congratulations to the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 American Fare restaurants. Did your favorite homegrown eatery make the list?

* Want to know how the restaurant industry has performed in Q3 of 2013? Get the statistics here.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Turkey.

* Dine Around Seattle is happening now. Enjoy $15 lunches and $30 dinners through November 27.

* Reservations for San Diego restaurant week are open. Reserve for $10, $15, or $20 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, January 19-24.

* The new year is almost here — as is Center City District Philadelphia Restaurant Week. Book for three-course $20 lunches and $35 dinners, January 19-24 and 26-31.

 

Enter to Win 2 Tickets to ‘Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi’ at the San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival

SDB-FestivalThe 10th Annual San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival kicks off on November 18, 2013, and runs through November 24th. The crossroads of classic cuisine, legendary wine, spirits, craft beer, and culinary all-stars, the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival features an array of cooking classes, food and wine tastings, exhibits, auctions, and more. Celebrity chefs, from San Diego’s own Brian Malarkey (Searsucker) to Top Chef Richard Blais (The Spence) – and many, many more, are helping celebrate the best of the San Diego Bay area’s food scene!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets — two pairs a day for five days — to Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Macy’s School of Cooking. To enter, follow @OpenTable on Twitter (so we can direct message you if you’re the winner!) and send out a tweet that says, “I want to win the @SDBayWineFest Passion for Fusion giveaway on @OpenTable.” We’ll pick two tweets at random every day at the close of each business day, Thursday-Wednesday.

At the heart of all cuisine is fusion, where chefs become inventive with the mix and mingling of various flavors and traditions from all over the world. Balancing complex flavors to create an east-meets-west cuisine, Chef Looi will take you through a step-by-step journey into the depths of Asian fusion and show just how accessible it can be. This class demonstrates a simple approach to modern Asian cooking using regional ingredients and techniques. From Malaysia to India with a French twist, Chef Looi’s eclectic background incorporates east-west cuisine without borders. The menu includes baby arugula, pickled Asian pear and ginger vinaigrette; roasted hoisin + garam masala duck and mango chutney; and grilled lemongrass skirt steak and nyonya sauce.

Chef Looi has been a guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House multiple times and was a master chef at the World Gourmet Summit in Las Vegas and Dubai, UAE. He was invited by the Chefs Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Hotel Association and the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, thrice to judge at the prestigious WACS sanctioned Culinaire Malaysia, the largest culinary competition in the South East Asian region.

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On Our Plate: No Kid Hungry Month; Restaurant Weeks in Charleston, Detroit, Kennebunk, Philadelphia + More; Nature’s Plate Nominations

CRWHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* September is No Kid Hungry Month. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant to help end childhood hunger.

* Attend Red Bank Flavour Food + Wine Walk in Red Bank, New Jersey, tomorrow. Learn more here.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Tomato salad!

* What’s your favorite sustainable restaurant? Nominate ’em for a Nature’s Plate award now!

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month has arrived. Save with $33 dinners throughout the month.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month is in full swing. Book for $20 lunches & $30 and $35 dinners through September 30.

* Cobb Restaurant Week continues in Georgia. Reserve now for $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners, September 7-14.

* Charleston Restaurant Week rocks on! Enjoy $20, $30 + $40 3-course dinners through September 15.

* Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week is happening now. Take advantage of $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners through September 15.

* Louisiana We Live to Eat Restaurant Week is on in NOLADinners for $35 through September 15th.

* Omaha Restaurant Week started today! Three-course dinners for $20, $30 or $40 through the 22nd.

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Best Dates for Foodies: HowAboutWe Reveals Dining + Drinking Habits of Daters

Pizza puts Atlanta foodies in the mood for dating. How about you?

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I’d say that’s probably true of a woman, too. And, it’s been said that beer is the ultimate social lubricant. So, it’s no surprise that many dates involve food and drink. Curious about what food and drink is putting diners in the mood for romance? In honor of their 1,000,000th date, HowAboutWe, the offline dating site, has released data on the dining, drinking, and dating desires of their users in cities across the states. According to HowAbout We:

Atlanta: One-third of all date ideas in Atlanta involve grabbing a bite. Artisan pizza is a hot trend. Ice cream and burgers are also popular picks.

Austin: Food trucks are more popular in Austin than in any other city, accounting for 1 in 5 dining dates. A beer date is more likely to get a reply in Austin than other drinking dates.

Boston: Boston daters are three times more likely than average to suggest tapas on a first date. One in six beer dates in Boston specify craft beer—the highest in the U.S..

Chicago: One in 11 dining dates in Chicago is veggie-friendly, the third highest in the country. Blue Agave for tequila and tamales is the 5th most suggested date. Whiskey is four times more popular in Chicago than the national average.

Denver: Almost seven in 10 drinking dates in Denver suggest having a glass of wine. Tacos, pizza, and Italian fare are fashionable food picks.

Los Angeles: There are more breakfast dates in Los Angeles than in any other city. Whenever people talk about breakfast dates, I’m reminded of a scene from Sneakers in which a lovestruck man asks his date, “Would you like to have breakfast with me?” “Sure, fine,” she answers. “Shall I phone you or nudge you?” Also, wine is fine in LA; it’s the top drink choice for daters.

Minneapolis: The most popular cocktail in Minneapolis is a margarita.Italian, pizza and French fries are foodie-date faves.

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