2015 RAMMY Award Nominees: Join Us on June 7th in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 RAMMY Award nominees are out – and we’ll be in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 7 to cheer on this year’s honorees. The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards recognize hospitality excellence in multiple categories. We’ll be there when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Buy tickets today to root for your favorites and to sample amazing eats and craft cocktails.


Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2015 RAMMY Awards, including:

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar
Cashion’s Eat Place
Evening Star Café

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Birch & Barley
Kapnos – DC
Le Diplomate
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Seasons at The Four Seasons

Everyday Casual Brunch:
The Daily Dish
DGS Delicatessen
The Liberty Tavern

Favorite Fast Bites:
G by Mike Isabella

Cocktail Program of the Year:
barmini by José Andrés
Bourbon Steak
Iron Gate
Trummer’s on Main

Beer Program of the Year:
The Arsenal at Bluejacket
Brasserie Beck
Granville Moore’s
Mad Fox Brewing Company

Wine Program of the Year:
Charlie Palmer Steak
Iron Gate

Employee of the Year:
Aurelio Diaz – RIS
Adnane Kebaier – Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Evan Labb – Evening Star Café
LaGina Lewis – Farmers Fishers Bakers
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On Our Plate: New OpenTable ‘About Us’ Pages; DC, Baton Rouge, Baltimore + Pittsburgh Winter Restaurant Weeks; Wine + Wishes SF; + More

Get to know OpenTable in our cool About Us section.

* Curious about OpenTable? Check out the new About Us section to learn about our people, our passions, and how to join our team.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Vegan eats!

* Even tho’ they were probably watching their waists for award seasons, celebrities were dining out in droves last week. Discover where the stars were dining.

* Did you send the Tweet of the Week? Find out here.

* Napa Valley Restaurant Month is on! Don’t miss a month of dining deals in Wine Country in the new year.

* Get charmed by Charleston Restaurant Week. Order up $20, $30 + $40 three-course dinners, January 8-19.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week is happening now. Book now for $15.14, $25.14, $35.14 lunches and dinners, January 10-26.

* Indian Festive Food Week is in full force in New York. $15 + $25 lunches and $25 + $40 dinners, January 11-19.

* Baltimore’s Howard County Savor It! Restaurant Week started today. Make a reservation for special prix-fixe menus from $10.14 to $40.14 through January 27.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge is here. Take a bite out of $15 to $35 three-course meals, January 13-18.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week kicks off now. Enjoy $20.14 to $35.14 lunches + dinners at Steel Town’s best restaurants, January 13-19.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week has begun. Book your tables for $20.14 lunches and $35.14 dinners, January 13-19.

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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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The Charlie Awards Are Coming: Vote for Your MSP Food Favorites + Purchase Tickets Now!

Charlie AwardsThe 3rd Annual Charlie Awards are just around the corner — and your votes will help determine the best of the best of Minneapolis-St. Paul restaurants, foods, chefs — and more! A Twin Cities event that recognizes the exceptional contributions the metro area restaurant, food, and drink industry make to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative Twin Cities lifestyle and economy, The Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Vote here for the restaurants that you love. Only one vote per person per day in each neighborhood will be eligible. Continue Reading