RAMMYS 2013: Congratulations to the Winners!

OpenTable was proud to sponsor and attend the 2013 RAMMYS awards in Washington, D.C. Feting our capital’s finest folks in food and dining, the RAMMYS are one of the best awards shows in the nation!

Last night’s honorees and winners include Clyde’s of Georgetown (Honorary Milestone Award), Marriot Wardman Park Hotel (Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year), Linda Lee (Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award), Nellie’s Sports Bar (Best Neighborhood Gathering Place), P. J. Clarke’s (Best Power Spot),  Luis Noriega – Zengo (Best Restaurant Employee), Michael Nevarez – Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table (Best Restaurant Manager), Beverly Bates – Vidalia(Best Pastry Chef), Estadio (Best Upscale Casual Restaurant), Dino (Best Wine Program), Estadio (Best Beverage/Mixology Program), Blue Duck Tavern (Best Fine Dining Restaurant),  Ashok Bajaj – Knightsbridge Restaurant Group (Restaurateurs of the Year), and Fabio Trabocchi – Fiola (Chef of the Year). Congratulations to all the winners. And, click Continue Reading to peep some pics of the event in our slideshow below or check them out on Flickr.

Restaurants Ban Food Photography; PayPal to Pay Your Dining Check + More

The canine chefs created dishes that were nothing short of disgusting.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t shoot. Some restaurants are banning food photography. [Business Insider]

* But if you insist on the point and click. Here are some tips for jerk-free restaurant food photography. [PopPhoto.com]

* Make no mistake. Or at least not these five mistakes that restaurant’s make with their websites. [SmallBizTrends.com]

* Map quest. An Apple Maps error is costing Portland restaurant Metrovino $50,000 in lost business. [CultofMac.com]

* Pay your bill, pal. You may be able to use PayPal the next time your restaurant check comes. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Fancy feast. The top trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [Mercury News]

* Feliz cumpleanos, Jaleo. The D.C. mainstay by Jose Andres turns 20. [Washington Blade]

* Shhhh! Here are some of New York’s most quiet restaurants. [Bloomberg]

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Portland’s Chefs Fired Up; High Cal Inaugural Lunch; Burgers Okay with Exercise

ESPN hires a new head chef. Hilarity ensues.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Didn’t get invited to the inaugural luncheon? Your waistline will thank you — it was a 3,000 calorie meal! [Washington Times]

* The tipping point. That moment when you start to hear a chef’s name everywhere. [Grub Street Chicago]

* Get the burger. And then get to the gym. [Business Insider]

* Portland’s chefs getting 86d. Some of the region’s best restaurants have parted ways with their revered chefs. [OregonLive]

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Best Dates for Foodies: HowAboutWe Reveals Dining + Drinking Habits of Daters

Pizza puts Atlanta foodies in the mood for dating. How about you?

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I’d say that’s probably true of a woman, too. And, it’s been said that beer is the ultimate social lubricant. So, it’s no surprise that many dates involve food and drink. Curious about what food and drink is putting diners in the mood for romance? In honor of their 1,000,000th date, HowAboutWe, the offline dating site, has released data on the dining, drinking, and dating desires of their users in cities across the states. According to HowAbout We:

Atlanta: One-third of all date ideas in Atlanta involve grabbing a bite. Artisan pizza is a hot trend. Ice cream and burgers are also popular picks.

Austin: Food trucks are more popular in Austin than in any other city, accounting for 1 in 5 dining dates. A beer date is more likely to get a reply in Austin than other drinking dates.

Boston: Boston daters are three times more likely than average to suggest tapas on a first date. One in six beer dates in Boston specify craft beer—the highest in the U.S..

Chicago: One in 11 dining dates in Chicago is veggie-friendly, the third highest in the country. Blue Agave for tequila and tamales is the 5th most suggested date. Whiskey is four times more popular in Chicago than the national average.

Denver: Almost seven in 10 drinking dates in Denver suggest having a glass of wine. Tacos, pizza, and Italian fare are fashionable food picks.

Los Angeles: There are more breakfast dates in Los Angeles than in any other city. Whenever people talk about breakfast dates, I’m reminded of a scene from Sneakers in which a lovestruck man asks his date, “Would you like to have breakfast with me?” “Sure, fine,” she answers. “Shall I phone you or nudge you?” Also, wine is fine in LA; it’s the top drink choice for daters.

Minneapolis: The most popular cocktail in Minneapolis is a margarita.Italian, pizza and French fries are foodie-date faves.

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