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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Tweet of the Week: OpenTable Gets a Shout-Out on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast

OpenTable has gotten a few nods in popular culture (Chuck, for one). Diner and Beauty and the Beast watcher Carla M. (aka @misscarla715) tipped us off to the very latest. You can tune in to see it for yourself here (it comes up at the 4:50 mark). Thanks, Carla M. for sending the Tweet of the Week, and thanks to the clever writers of Beauty and the Beast for the name-check!

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Dine Out in NYC During the US Open + Tune in to the Tennis Channel!

Better off red? I think Roger Federer looks dashing in any color!

The US Open starts today in New York, and, thanks to Tennis Channel, you (and I) can enjoy hundreds of hours of coverage and analysis *and* a round-up of NYC restaurants to dine at during the US Open if you’re in town for this awesome event during the next two weeks!

No network devotes as many hours of television to the US Open as Tennis Channel does each summer while the sport’s largest spectacle takes place. In addition to full slates of matches most days, highlight and analysis shows US Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open bridge the late-night and early morning hours with the latest on-court activity. Almost round the clock coverage offers live matches from 10:30AM-7PM, US Open Tonight from 11PM-2:30AM, with an encore shown 2:30AM-6AM, and Breakfast at the Open, 6AM-10:30PM.

Follow all the action on and off the courts at  Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows on Tennis Channel through Sunday, September 6, 2012! And, if you’re lucky enough to be attending the US Open, use our Tennis Channel-OpenTable US Open Dining Guide to find a terrific table before or after the matches!

I’ll be there for some key matches, rooting for Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and David Ferrer, as well as my fave Roger Federer, to take the title this year (Apologies to Djokovic!), and I’m pretty sure the amazing Serena Williams will once again prove unstoppable. Who are your picks? Weigh in here or on Facebook!

DC Restaurant Week 2010: Where Will the ‘Real Housewives of DC’ Dine?

Advice to the RHDC: Don't fill up on the bread during DC Restaurant Week.
Advice to the RHDC: Don't fill up on the bread during DC Restaurant Week.

August is shaping up to be one of the most exciting months in our nation’s capital, in great part due to the premiere of The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. on August 5th and the eagerly anticipated arrival of Washington D.C. Restaurant Week on August 16th.

Insanely popular with the populace of D.C., D.C. Restaurant Week includes more than 200 restaurants offering multi-course lunches and dinners for $20.10 and $35.10, respectively. Get-them-while-you-can-tables include 1789, Bibiana, Bourbon Steak, Co Co Sala, J & G Steakhouse, Lyon Hall, Oya, PotenzaPOV, RIS, and Zaytinya, among many others.

At OpenTable, we’re wondering if the world’s latest round of housewives you’re going to love to loathe will take advantage of two of DC’s tastiest weeks. We’ve got a suggestion for each to whet their appetites!

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