Top 25 Cities that Love Celebrating Mother’s Day

Garden Court Palace Brioche French Toast Cube (1)You love your mom! You love your city! And, you love dining out! But does your hometown measures up against other U.S. cities when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day in the most delicious of ways? Find out with our 2015 city rankings.

Based on OpenTable restaurant reservations, the top 25 cities that dine out the most on Mother’s Day per capita, in order, are:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Washington D.C
  3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  4. Alexandria, Virginia
  5. San Francisco, California
  6. Charleston, South Carolina
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. Boston, Massachusetts
  9. Orlando, Florida
  10. Boulder, Colorado
  11. Bellevue, Washington
  12. Las Vegas, Nevada
  13. Cincinnati, Ohio
  14. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  15. Seattle, Washington
  16. Denver, Colorado
  17. Berkeley, California
  18. San Mateo, California
  19. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  20. Tampa, Florida
  21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  22. New Orleans, Louisiana
  23. Baltimore, Maryland
  24. Portland, Oregon
  25. Chicago, Illinois

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OpenTable Celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

On Thursday, April 23, OpenTable invited employees to bring their children to the office in honor of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! Our very first time celebrating this important day, the OpenTable San Francisco headquarters hosted 45 kids, from one month to 10 years old.

Our People + Culture team framed the day with a range of fun activities to teach these special guests about what their parents do at OpenTable. From a baby play room to a kids activity room that featured games and arts and crafts, we also provided restaurant and food-themed coloring pages, held a special cooking class around a waffle bar that allowed kids to make their own waffles since food is such a big part of our corporate culture.

 

Additional activities included an office tour and scavenger hunt, face painting, a family lunch, a special “Music with Ryan” session, in which Ryan Ward and his trusty guitar from People + Culture entertained kids (as he often does his fellow employees) with songs and a singalong. Parents and kids were also photographed together at the beginning of their day, and the kids created custom picture frames for their parents to keep on their desks.

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Pull Up a Chair: #100opentables Inside Look

ICYMI (which seems impossible), on April 9, 2015, 100 restaurants in 30 cities around the world hosted nearly 350 diners for once-in-a-lifetime #100opentables dining experiences. If you didn’t score a seat — or even if you did — check out snippets from these unique meals and find out why the #100opentables night was, and OpenTable is, all about what happens around the table.

 

Celebrating National Garlic Month at The Stinking Rose (Because Where Else?)

st-portrait moonDid you know that April is National Garlic Month, and yesterday was National Garlic Day? We think it’s only fitting that the mighty clove, also known as the stinking rose, gets its very own month and day. After all, it’s been seasoning food and fighting off illness and garden pests (not to mention warding off vampires) for centuries. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, “It has been known in China since antiquity, and was an important article of diet in ancient Egypt and in classical Greece and Rome.” Despite its popularity, however, the patrician class frowned upon the accompanying smell, with the Roman poet Horace even writing that garlic is more harmful than hemlock.

While we diners only officially fete garlic and all its stinky goodness during April, Dante Serafini and Jerry Dal Bozzo, owners of The Stinking Rose in the Bay area celebrate it 365 days a year. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood, the restaurant plows through about 1.5 tons of the stuff a month, featuring garlic in virtually every dish on their menu. For guests who don’t want to stop their allium sativum intake with spaghetti, there’s even garlic chocolate ice cream. Continue Reading