Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2015: Three Things to Do Ahead of the #FWClassic

MG_  007The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is happening June 19-21, 2015. Tickets are sold out, but if you’re headed there (as we are!), we’ve rounded up three things to do ahead of the #FWClassic before you arrive in Aspen. 

Plan to shop like a local foodie. The Aspen Saturday Market will be open for business on Saturday, June 20th. Carve out some open space in your pre-Classic calendar to sample Aspen’s locally grown and made food. The market runs from 8AM-3PM, from the corner of Galena and Hopkins, to Hunter and then again back to the intersection of Hyman and Galena.

Register to run a footrace. Before you start sampling all the fine food and wine that abounds at this unique festival, lace up your trainers and run a 5K to raise money for charity. On Friday morning, June 19th, you’ll scramble through the streets with culinary luminaries including race hosts and Top Chef alums Richard Blais and Stefanie Izard along with Tim Love, and Marcus Samuelsson. Remember the altitude difference when you’re training — Aspen is just under 8,000 feet above sea level.

Make a reservation. At the end of the day, you may wish to sit for a proper meal before making your way to one of the many parties that happen after hours at the festival. Plan ahead and book your tables now or look out for the OpenTable team in the Grand Tasting tents. We can help you make free, last-minute reservations in and around Aspen.Continue Reading

Top Chef Season 12 Cheftestants Revealed

Mark your calendars and program your DVRs, food TV fans! On October 15, 2014, season 12 of Top Chef premieres. Set in Boston, Massachusetts, look for episodes taking place at The Bull and Finch Pub (aka Cheers), Fenway Park, and Plimoth Plantation, plus challenges centered around the first Thanksgiving, the inaugural Top Chef food festival, a fan appreciation meal in the Top Chef kitchen, and cooking for Boston’s police and fire departments. Last Chance Kitchen will also return, so even if your favorites packs their knives, they may live to compete another day. This season’s cheftestants are:

TC Season 12Doug Adams, chef de cuisine, Imperial, Portland, Oregon

Stacy Cogswell, executive chef, The Regal Beagle, Boston Massachusetts

Joy Crump, formerly of Woodfire Grill, Atlanta, Georgia

Ron Eyester, executive chef/owner, Rosebud, Atlanta, Georgia

Gregory Gourdet, executive chef, Departure Restaurant and Lounge, Portland, Oregon

Aaron Grissom, chef, Bow & Truss, Los Angeles, California

Adam Harvey, chef, Hometown Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn, New York

Melissa King, former sous chef, The Ritz-Carlton Dining Room, San Francisco, California

Rebecca LaMalfa, executive sous chef, Trenchermen, Chicago, Illinois

Mei Lin, sous chef, ink., Los Angeles, California

George Pagonis, executive chef/partner, Kapnos, Washington, D.C.

Michael Patlazhan, private chef, Brooklyn, New York

James Rigato, executive chef, The Root Restaurant & Bar, White Lake, Michigan

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Calling All Chefs: Top Chef Season 12 Auditions in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles + NYC

TCNOLASeason 11 of Top Chef just wrapped (Congrats, Nicholas Elmi!), but we’re already looking forward to the next mouthwatering competition. If you’ve always aspired to compete on the show that has helped usher in the next generation of America’s best chefs, come on down! Casting calls for season 12 of Top Chef are being held in cities across the U.S. This is the ideal opportunity to get in front of the folks who have had a hand in furthering the cooking careers of dozens of Top Chef winners and cheftestants.

Auditions begin TODAY in Atlanta and Dallas and head to other cities in the coming weeks. The current schedule is:

* ATLANTA: February 18 10AM-1PM, at The Spence, 75 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

* CHICAGO: February 24, 10AM-1PM, at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

* DALLAS: February 18, 10AM-1PM, at Hotel Palomar Dallas, 5300 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.

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On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks in Dallas, Tampa Bay, Raleigh + Vegas; Food Shaming + More

orlandoHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re tuning in to the newest season of Top Chef. Find out which restaurants the newest batch of cheftestants hails from.

* Has anyone ever food-shamed you for how you like a particular dish? Shame on them!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week have arrived! Don’t miss steals on meals in the Steel City through August 18.

* Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant Week continues. Book $25 lunches and $35 or $45 dinners through August 18.

* Costa Mesa Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Reserve today for up to 40% off on gourmet meals at Costa Mesa’s best eateries, August 16-23.

* Dine Tampa Bay begins tomorrow, too. Enjoy special three-course $25, $35, and $45 dinners through August 30.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week heats up! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book now for $20 or $30 three-course dinners, and $10 beer or wine pairings at select locations, August 19-25.

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