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Jody’s WTF E11: Good Food Isn’t Fast

March 12, 2014 6:29 pm - Posted by Jody in Behind The Scenes, Eat, Learn

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What the Hell is a Confit? Relax here’s all you need to know.

March 7, 2014 3:15 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat
What is a Confit on a French Menu? – Behind the French Menu. (via Behind the French Menu)

        A confit on a French menu may be poultry, pork or meat; or fruits and vegetables. Poultry and meat confits. Poultry, pork and meat confits are dishes that would never have been created today; today everyone has a refrigerator with a freezer…


Jody’s WTF E10: Steak

March 5, 2014 8:44 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

On tonight’s WTF, Host Jody Ness talks about the dos’ and dont’s of ordering steak. Join us for more every Wednesday at 7:30 PM (EST)


Jody’s WTF E09:

February 26, 2014 7:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Behind The Scenes, Drink, Eat, Learn, Travel

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Jody’s WTF E08: Pacing

February 19, 2014 8:04 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat


Jody’s WTF: E07 – A Valentine’s Day Special

February 12, 2014 8:13 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink, Eat, Learn

Jody talks about the ins and out of Valentine’s Day dining.


Good Food for All in A Foodie Capital

January 27, 2014 4:12 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat
New Orleans Food Network Creates Community Support For Urban Farms (via Ethical Foods Guide)

The New Orleans Food and Farm Network is bringing food security back to a city ravaged by natural disaster and poverty. Local food isn’t just hip, it’s a unifying factor between people. Growing Our Roots   New Orleans is the center for one of the…


Jody’s WTF E03: Whats The Deal With Sundays?

January 15, 2014 7:37 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

On tonight’s WTF, host Jody Ness talks about Sundays in the restaurant industry. Join us for more every Wednesday at 7:30 PM (EST)


The Top 100 Restaurants in America

January 6, 2014 10:24 am - Posted by Jody in Eat

Online booking and review site OpenTable have published their 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlighted the Top 10 honorees. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

  1. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
  2. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
  3. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
  4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
  5. Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
  6. o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
  7. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
  9. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  10. goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America are as distinct as they are deserving, with each winning restaurant creating one-of-a-kind dining adventures across an array of cuisines and service styles. From Thomas Keller’s legendary French Laundry to relative newcomer goosefoot, both of which specialize in mind-blowing multi-course meals, to the intimate settings of the counter at o ya and the dining room at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards which seat under 20 diners at a time, the Top 10 restaurants are a reflection of the new definition of fine dining.

Standing out in a highly competitive field of exceptional chefs and restaurateurs, the complete list of honorees are scattered among 30 states and Washington, D.C., and include Del Posto in New York City, Noisette in Portland, Oregon, and Rasika in Washington, D.C.  California and New York boast the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14 and 13, respectively, followed by Illinois with seven. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, each boast five winning restaurants. Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia claim four winners apiece, while Washington, D.C., and Oregon have three. Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada have two. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin also have winning eateries. While American fare restaurants have the greatest number of winners, followed by those serving French food, an eclectic array of cuisines are represented, including English, Indian, Korean, Spanish, and Thai.

“These winning restaurants are conducted like great orchestras,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “All the players, from chefs and managers to wait staff and sommeliers, have artfully mastered their parts, and every instrument of hospitality, whether it be deft service or imaginative menus, is in harmony with one another to create a symphonic dining experience.”

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 14, 2012, and November 15, 2013. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “overall” category along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.

2013 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

Acquerello – San Francisco, California
Afternoon Tea-The Phoenician – Scottsdale, Arizona
Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina
Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, California
Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
Bacchanalia – Atlanta, Georgia
Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Binkley’s Restaurant – Cave Creek, Arizona
Bistro L’Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
BOCA – Cincinnati, Ohio
Bones – Atlanta, Georgia
Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
Bouley – New York, New York
Café Juanita – Kirkland, Washington
Café Matisse – Rutherford, New Jersey
Café Provence – Prairie Village, Kansas
Café Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia
Canoe – Atlanta, Georgia
Capital Grille – Dallas, Texas
Carpe Vino – Auburn, California
Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Chez François – Vermilion, Ohio
Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
CityZen – Washington, D.C.
Colicchio & Sons-Main Dining Room – New York, New York
Coltello Ristorante Italiano – Crosswicks, New Jersey
Cúrate – Asheville, North Carolina
Daniel – New York, New York
Daniel-Lounge Seating – New York, New York
Del Posto – New York, New York
Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California
Fat Canary – Williamsburg, Virginia
Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
Franklinville Inn – Franklinville, New Jersey
The French Laundry – Yountville, California
The French Room – Dallas, Texas
Gaetano’s & Ristorantino Mediterraneo – Forest Park, Illinois
Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois
goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois
Gotham Bar and Grill – New York, New York
Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York
Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama
joan’s in the Park – Saint Paul, Minnesota
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Chicago, Illinois
JORY Restaurant at The Allison Inn & Spa – Newberg, Oregon
JUNGSIK – New York, New York
Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
L’Auberge Chez François – Great Falls, Virginia
L’Etoile Restaurant – Madison, Wisconsin
L20 – Chicago, Illinois
La Grenouille – New York, New York
Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Beverly Hills, California
Le Bernardin – New York, New York
Le Bistro – Incline Village, Nevada
Leis Family Class Act Restaurant – Kahului, Hawaii
Les Nomades – Chicago, Illinois
Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
Marinus-Bernardus Lodge – Carmel Valley, California
Menton – Boston, Massachusetts
Michael’s – South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
Mille Fleurs – Rancho Santa Fe, California
n/naka – Los Angeles, California
Nahm Thai Cuisine – Alpharetta, Georgia
NAOE – Miami, Florida
Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn – Camden, Maine
Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey
Noisette – Portland, Oregon
Noord – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon
Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
Per Se – New York, New York
Rasika – Washington, D.C.
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio
Restaurant August – New Orleans, Louisiana
Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee
Restaurant Lorena’s – Maplewood, New Jersey
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina
Saison – San Francisco, California
SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar – North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Seasons Restaurant-Four Seasons – Washington, D.C.
Senza – Chicago, Illinois
ShinBay – Scottsdale, Arizona
Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado
Sons & Daughters – San Francisco, California
Splendido – Beaver Creek, Colorado
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
Talula’s Garden – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tony’s – St. Louis, Missouri
Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Diners can also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable “Dining Check” blog.


Perfect for the Holidays – Anything with Champagne

December 13, 2013 10:48 am - Posted by Jody in Eat
Champagne Cocktails (via

  The champagne cocktail is a classic libation to ring in the new year. It also works wonderfully at holiday parties with its festive hue. AJ Rathbun, GoodLife Report’s resident mixologist and author of Champagne Cocktails: 50 Cork-Popping Concoctions…

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