Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…
* José Andrés (The Bazaar by José Andrés) will receive the 2010 grand prize from the Vilcek Foundation, “which annually honors the contributions of foreign-born Americans in the areas of art, culture and science” on April 7th at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. [Washington Post]
The founding foodies who live and work in our nation’s capital (excepting the vacationing First Family), as well as visitors, can take advantage of delicious dining deals during Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week. Sumptuous prix-fixe lunches and dinners are being offered for just $20.09 and $35.09, respectively. Participating restaurants include B. Smith’s, Cafe Promenade, Charlie Palmer Steak, The Prime Rib, Sam & Harry’s, and scores of other fine eateries.
If the Obamas invited you to a state dinner at the White House, would you know which fork or spoon to use for each course? Perhaps not (Hint: Start on the outside and work your way in), but Chow’s Helena Echlin wonders if this even matters anymore – at least in restaurants. As a big fan of tasting menus, I’m finding that many restaurants replace the cutlery with every course, so there’s no opportunity for a fork faux pas. Five-course meals aside, restaurateurs have become so accommodating to diners, that you can be sure no one will bat an eye if you wish to eat your entire entrée with a teaspoon. However, if any of us ever get to dine with the POTUS and the First Lady, let’s be sure we know a salad fork from a seafood fork.