Valentine’s Day


OpenTable Survey Reveals Valentine’s Day Dining Trends: When Valentine’s Day Bookends a Weekend, It’s Typically Good for Restaurants — and Diners!

According to a new survey of OpenTable diners, restaurants are poised to be busy with diners celebrating love not only on Thursday, February 14, but on the weekend following Valentine’s Day. OpenTable diners also indicated that they plan to celebrate love in a big way with a projected check average of $139, which is 63 [...]

Heartland Restaurant Chef Lenny Russo Recommends the Chef’s Table for Romance

Minnesota chef Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant + Farm Direct Market in St. Paul has been cooking professionally for more than 30 years, during which time he’s amassed numerous accolades, both locally and nationally, including being named a 2010 and 2011 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Midwest Nominee. Serving contemporary Midwestern cuisine, Chef Russo’s ingredients [...]

CHAYA Brasserie Chef Harutaka Kishi Talks PDA, Tripe + White Day in Japan

Harutaka Kishi is truly a worldly chef. Born to Japanese parents and raised in France, Haru grew up enjoying the bounty of Paris’s finest farmers markets and his mother’s inspired home cooking. His talents have taken him to some of the finest kitchens, from  Joël Robuchon’s Le Chateau in Tokyo to  Gordon Ramsay at the [...]

Chef Duskie Estes of Zazu on Pink Bubbles, Passionfruit + Root Beer Floats

Husband and wife restaurateurs Duskie Estes and John Stewart are the creative force behind Santa Rosa’s Zazu restaurant. Sustainable and extremely self-sufficient, Estes and Stewart’s Zazu is like ‘Little House on the Prateria’ in California’s Sonoma County. They grow much of the restaurant’s produce, keep chickens, and make their own salumi, among other things. Their [...]

OpenTable Chefs Share Foods to Woo Your Boo This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Not sure what to order to make sure love is in the air? Watch New York chefs and wine experts Laurent Manrique of Millesime, Jason Tilmann of Triomphe, Becca Richards of Flex Mussels-13th Street, and Patrick Service of Union Square Cafe, talk about dishes to impress your date.  

Cafe del Rey Chef Daniel Roberts on Chiles as Aphrodisiacs, Haggis + Shared Dishes

You might expect Chef Daniel Roberts of L.A.’s Café del Rey to have more offerings on his menu that reflect his roots as a native New Yorker who hails from an Italian-American family of foodies. Yet, while he can cook veal saltimbocca that would make anyone’s mama proud, a range of cultures and cuisines, including Asian, [...]

And, the Final OpenTable ‘My Foodie Valentine’ Dinner for Two Giveaway Goes to…

On behalf of everyone at OpenTable, congratulations to Shannon Falzon of San Francisco, California, on being the last lucky winner of the OpenTable ‘My Foodie Valentine’ Dinner for Two Giveaway. Shannon, pictured here with boyfriend Scott Kircher, will receive a $200 AMEX or Capital One gift card to help him celebrate Valentine’s Day! Shannon says, “The [...]

Valentine’s Day Dishes: A Sneak Preview from OpenTable Chefs

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! If you haven’t made your reservations yet, don’t fret. There’s still time to score a great table. And, if you need some encouragement, let us whet your appetite with photos of what chefs, including Nick McCoy of Koi New York, Victoriano Lopez of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, and others, are preparing [...]

And, the Next OpenTable ‘My Foodie Valentine’ Dinner for Two Giveaway Goes to…

On behalf of everyone at OpenTable, congratulations to Steven Oh of Torrance, California on being another lucky winner of the OpenTable ‘My Foodie Valentine’ Dinner for Two Giveaway. Steven, pictured here with his friend Rob, will receive a $200 AMEX or Capital One gift card to help him celebrate Valentine’s Day! Of his “What the heck is [...]