Entries tagged with “OpenTable”.

It’s a great time for democracy, especially among Washington-area food lovers.  You can vote for your favorite Neighborhood Gathering Place, Power Spot, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene and Your Favorite Restaurant in the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s RAMMY awards over at the Washington City Paper from now until midnight on Wednesday, May 11th.  That last category is completely open – feel free to write in any place you like, as long as you include an address or a location.

And here at Capital Spice we’re whipping votes for another food-related contest.

Our very own Elizabeth is one of TEN NATIONWIDE FINALISTS in OpenTable’s “Mother of All Foodies” contest on Facebook.  Unbeknownst to her, I nominated her and included one of my favorite photos of Elizabeth with Baby Spice this past Halloween (Elizabeth was a diner waitress and Baby Spice was a DC half-smoke).

As with most Facebook contests, this one comes down to a straight-up popular vote.  So we’re reaching out to you, our regular readers, and asking for your help.

If you’re on Facebook, please vote for Elizabeth here.  You’ll be asked to accept the OpenTable “Mother of All Foodies” application in order to vote.  Once you’ve accepted it, you can take a look at the ten finalists and pick your favorite.  The contest runs until 8 PM tomorrow night, so please vote soon!

Sure, it’s a shameless plug for us…but wouldn’t it be nice to bring the title of “Mother of All Foodies” home to the DC area just in time for Mother’s Day?

Make your voices heard in the DC restaurant scene!  And thanks in advance for your help.


tapdcEven at the height of DC’s water quality concerns, Washingtonians were never really in danger of having to go without…it was just a matter of how long we needed to boil what was coming out of the tap before we could actually drink it.  UNICEF’s World Water Week seeks to address far more serious water-access issues in more than 90 countries around the world.

And you can help.

This week, almost 100 Washington-area restaurants are participating in this year’s version of the Tap Project.  From now through Saturday night, when you dine in these establishments you’ll receive a donation card with your bill at the end of the meal.  Any contribution you wish to make will be added to your bill and that amount will be donated to UNICEF’s clean water programs.

Tap DC, the local organization spearheading the effort, encourages diners to think of it as paying for the complimentary water we take for granted when we dine out, and they point out that a single dollar can help to provide clean, safe drinking water for a child for 40 days.  If you prefer sparkling water with your meal, consider making a donation equal to the price of that Pellegrino and you’ll be helping even more people!

How to get involved after the jump. (more…)


stimulus08_490x170Finally, a bailout we can all get behind!  OpenTable has turned the Restaurant Week concept into a nationwide event with its “Appetite Stimulus Plan” promotion.  From Monday, November 17th until Friday, November 22nd, you can enjoy three course lunches and dinners at participating restaurants for $24 and $35, respectively.

As if you needed more incentive to take advantage, OpenTable has further sweetened the deal by offering double points  on any reservations made through this promotion.  You’ll get your usual 100 points when you make and keep a reservation, and then they’ll credit you an additional 100 points as “Appetite Stimulus Plan Bonus Points” 72 hours after your reservation.  Just remember to make your reservation through the Stimulus Plan landing page at OpenTable to be sure you get the proper credit.

Because this event is being organized by OpenTable instead of a single local tourism organization, it is occurring simultaneously in thirteen cities across the country.  If you happen to be heading to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, or Seattle, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the deals!  Or you could just tell your friends in other cities and score some points for being in the know.

With almost 150 restaurants to choose from (including some in places as far-flung as Leesburg, Sterling, National Harbor and the Plains – yeah, the site of Gold Cup), you’re going to want to approach this as though it were Restaurant Week – pick and choose a few key places, keeping in mind that some of the participating restaurants regularly offer deals that are as good as this or better.

A few suggestions, some new and notable participants and our signature map of all participating restaurants after the jump. (more…)

He’s got a great poker face.

Twice a year since November of 2001, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and the DC Convention & Tourism Corporation have teamed up to present Restaurant Week.

For participating restaurants, it’s officially a chance to boost sluggish sales during historically slow periods (mid-August and mid-January).  But Restaurant Week has come to take on a number of additional meanings as we approach the Thirteenth Washington Restaurant Week August 11th – 17th.

For diners, it’s a way to test-drive new restaurants at a manageable price ($20.08 for a two-course lunch, $35.08 for a three-course dinner).  This single dining experience, despite being conducted under less-than-ideal conditions, can cement our opinions for years to come.

For restaurateurs, consequently, it’s an opportunity to show off the best they have to offer…or else it’s a burden that forces them to cater to bargain-hunters who aren’t likely to come back anytime soon.  It’s pretty easy to tell which way the establishment sees things as soon as you take a look at what’s on their Restaurant Week menu.  Lots of choices selected from their regular menu?  A very good sign.  Numerous upcharges, poor selection or ’specials’ that aren’t part of the normal repertoire?  They’re not exactly out to blow you away.

We here at Capital Spice humbly offer a bit of advice for everyone who is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the participating restaurants…after the jump. (more…)