On Our Plate: OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index; Fiddlehead Ferns; Crying Kids in Restaurants; Dine About Town San Francisco Returns + More

Donna Summer honored the hard-working professionals in the service industry in her hit song "She Works Hard for the Money."

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We launched the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index to serve as a benchmark for the restaurateur community and industry observers to track the growth of the industry. Don’t miss it!

* This week’s restaurant review trendFiddlehead ferns!

* What should parents do when a child begins crying in a restaurant? Vote in this week’s poll!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Dine About Town San Francisco is set to return June 1st! Reserve early and often to taste the best of the Bay Area’s food scene.

* Restaurant Week in Arizona is coming soon. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less!

* Reservations are now open for the 5th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week, which runs June 4-17, 2012. Make a reservation.

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On Our Plate: Dine Around Seattle Returns; Restaurant Week Boston Reservations Are Open; Crying Kids in Restaurants; Dish Trip Atlanta

"What do you mean you're out of the risotto?!"

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* The Town Dish folks took a delicious Dish Trip to Atlanta and all we got were these guest blog posts.

* We’re wondering if restaurants should ban crying kids. What do you think?

* Restaurant Weeks in Atlantic CityBurlingtonCalgaryDenver, Pikes Peak, and Seattle are happening now. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less in your city.

* Restaurant reservations are now available for additional Winter Restaurant Weeks, such as Boston, Chicago Chef, The HamptonsHudson Valleyand Portsmouth.

* Food & Wine has released its list of nominees for Food & Wine 2012 People’s Best New Chef. Vote for your fave up and comer thru March 11.

And, we’re still hiring! We’re staffing up and looking for talented people to join our team. Check out openings in customer supportengineeringfield operationsfinanceIT and technical servicesoperations, and sales.

* Speaking of working here — meet OpenTable’s own Tori Tsu and find out what she’s eating on her Lunch Break.

Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee … Tori Tsu

[singlepic id=19 w=300 h=400 float=right]As you may have guessed, OpenTable is a company of foodies. It’s also a pretty terrific place to work! Each week, you’ll meet another OpenTable employee and find out some of their food faves — and discover their answers to one of life’s eternal questions: “What’s for lunch?” Click image for larger view.

Name: Tori Tsu

Hometown: Menlo Park, California

Job Title: Associate Marketing Manager

What that means that I do at OpenTable: Consumer marketing, holidays, promos

Years at OpenTable: 1.5 +

I have worked in a restaurant as a: Hostess, wine attendant.

The food that I can’t live without: Really good bread.

The one food I’ll never try: nattō.

My go-to drink or cocktail: Bourbon, neat.

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Pot de crème.

My favorite thing about dining out is: not doing dishes.

If bone marrow is on a restaurant’s menu, I almost always order it.

My last best restaurant meal was at: traif or PT in Brooklyn.

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