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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Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last-Minute Deals and Offers

You can use OpenTable to find even up-to-the-last-minute reservations on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just two days away, but there’s still time to book a table for this Thursday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local and national Thanksgiving pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

Atlanta:
A bit less: Hudson Grille Midtown — Don’t miss a family-style buffet for $19.95 per person featuring all your faves.
A bit morePark 75 — This Thanksgiving brunch buffet pairs Thanksgiving classics with seamless Four Seasons service at $86 per person.
A bit different: Kurt’s Bistro — Serving a Thanksgiving lunch buffet with a European twist: slow-roasted turkey breast, black angus roast beef, and roasted pork loin. $45 per person.

Baltimore:
A bit less: Valentino’s Restaurant – Serving Thanksgiving dinners for $13 with all the trimmings, featuring roasted turkey, leg of lamb, beef brisket, fresh ham, and more.
A bit more: Wit & Wisdom — Gather the family and celebrate Thanksgiving with a three-course fall feast. $65 adults and $32 children (12 and under).
A bit different: Della Note – Choose from a regular menu or a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at $32 per person, featuring a Champagne toast and live entertainment.

Boston:
A bit less: Aspire Seasonal Kitchen — Thanksgiving brunch is just $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids 4-12, and kids under 4 eat free.
A bit more: L’Espalier — Serving a Thanksgiving three-course, prix fixe menu for $90 or a six-course degustation for $115.
A bit different: Russell House Tavern – Don’t miss a locally inspired, $45 three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, along with an optional $18 beer and/or wine pairing.

Chicago:
A bit less: Glen Prairie – Serving a turkey dinner and housemade pumpkin pie for $24.
A bit more: NoMI — Join Chef Ryan LaRoche in NoMI Kitchen for a spectacular Thanksgiving brunch buffet at $115 per person.
A bit different: Silk Asian Tavern – Featuring an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving Day brunch. Dishes include Chinese five spice-rubbed turkey with a miso gravy and much more. Just $22 per guest.

Dallas:
A bit less: Decanter Restaurant & Wine Bar – Their buffet brunch includes traditional and non-traditional items and omelette and carving stations for $18.95 per person.
A bit more: Charlie Palmer at The Joule – Serving a deliciously seasonal holiday meal prepared by a carefully-trained staff at $55 per person.
A bit different: Asador — Enjoy a local, three-course Thanksgiving meal featuring free-range turkey roulade with wild mushroom and apple  at $35 per guest.

Denver:
A bit less: Appaloosa Grill — $14 for a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
A bit more: Elway’s Downtown – A don’t-miss dinner buffet is $75 for adults and $39 for children.
A bit different: Randolph’s at The Warwick Denver Hotel — Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch in the ballroom with an amazing buffet selection, live entertainment, and complimentary valet parking. $39 adults and $31 seniors; kids 5 and under eat free.Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Top Chef Kitchen; Gluten-Free Dining in NY; Top Fit for Foodies Restaurants; Taste of Atlanta Tickets; Main Line Restaurant Week; Burgers + More

Don’t miss this exciting event this weekend in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo opens in New York in October. Reservations are fully booked, but stay tuned for reservations giveaways and more.

* We’re celebrating the winners of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Fit for Foodies restaurantFind out if your fave made the list.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Burgers!

* In search of gluten-free dining in New York? Check out our restaurant round-up to help you dine safely and deliciously.

* Are you leaving larger tips when dining out? Weigh in on this week’s poll!

* Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon AwardsCelebrate by dining at a winning restaurant today!

* Dine out to help end childhood hunger. Book a reservation at a participating restaurant today!

* Attend Fork and the Cork wine and food tasting festival in the PoconosTickets are just $55 for this amazing event on September 29th.

* Save on Taste of Atlanta tickets! With the promo code TASTE, you can save $5 on tickets to Atlanta’s premier food festival on October 5-7.

* San Diego Restaurant Week is extended through September 28thTwo more days of $20, $30 or $40 dinners and $10, $15, or $20 lunches!

* It’s Vinings Restaurant Week in Atlanta. Enjoy gourmet $15, $25 and $30 prix-fixe meals through September 29th.

* Delaware Dines Out has arrived. Dine on $15 lunches and $30 dinners through September 30.

* Flavor, the Palm Beaches Restaurant Month, ends Sunday. Check out $20 lunches and $30 + $35 dinners.

* It’s Main Line Restaurant Week in Philadelphia. Don’t miss $15-$20 lunches and $20-$50 dinners through the 30th!

* Miami Spice comes to a close this weekend. $19 or $22 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through Sunday.

* French Restaurant Week is on in New York CitySpecial menus from $20-$30 at some of the city’s finest French eateries through 9/30.

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