On Our Plate This Week: Savored Savings Come to Chicago; Restaurant Weeks Roll On; NYC Benefit for Lydia Tillman on 8/20; SXSW PanelPicker Voting Is Open

* Vote for OpenTable’s own mobile guru Scott Jampol to share his wisdom at SXSW in 2012. You have to register, but it’s free and it’s fast. Give a thumbs up at SXSW PanelPicker now! * We’re wondering if celebs should tip more than your average bear. Weigh in here. * If you’ll be in NYC [...]

Dining Poll: Should Celebrities and the Mega Rich Tip More than Other Diners?

The funny folks at the “Short Order” blog at the Miami New Times have rounded up a list of the most parsimonious celebrities when it comes to tipping. Madonna and Sean Penn’s marriage didn’t survive, but apparently their love of thrift did. Cutie foodie Rachael Ray and pudding pitchman Bill Cosby, among other well-off, well-known [...]

Restaurant Websites Unappetizing to Diners – But Burgers Are; A Day in the Life of Critic Michael Bauer; Chopsticks Aren’t Musical Instruments; Veggies Best Bacon

* Restaurant websites get roasted. And, OpenTable’s own Scott Jampol weighs in, to boot. [Slate] * Being Michael Bauer. The revered restaurant critic pays a price for his chosen profession, from friendship to frequent exercise. [Christian Science Monitor] * Let’s get small. All the cool restaurants are doing it! [WSJ] * Wagging a finger at [...]

Dude Food for Your Inner Lebowski; Instant Ramen’s Gonna Get You; Traveling to Eat Locally; @ChefChiarello vs. @TylerFlorence; Napkins Off the Menu in the U.K.

* This is Dude food. The team behind Animal aims to feed the Jeff Lebowskis of the world. [Wall Street Journal] * The 20% rule. Jonathan Gold’s guide to tipping is surprisingly simple. [LA Weekly] * Pop goes the pop-up? Pop-up restaurants may serve sustainable food, but are pop-ups themselves sustainable? [BusinessInsider] * Face/Off, Twitter-style: [...]

Are Ed Westwick and Gwyneth Paltrow Stars You Don’t Want to Dine With?

Fame buys a lot of things — but, according to The Frisky, manners may not be one of them. The Frisky’s got a round-up of stars, including Ed Westwick and Gwyneth Paltrow, behaving badly when they dine out. Is Madonna a bad tipper? Can Dennis Rodman hold his liquor? Find out in this article that’s [...]

Should Restaurants Ban Bad Tippers?

Tipping has been on my mind a lot lately. Yours, too, judging by the volume of comments we saw on Facebook when we raised the issue — not once, but twice. It’s on my mind again, as Slashfood’s Hanna Raskin reports on a restaurant (not on OpenTable) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that banned a bad [...]