Love and food on Valentine’s Day
A new Open Table survey shows how diners want/plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
◆ 51 percent say they plan to dine out on Thursday, while 36 percent will wait for the weekend.
◆ 8 percent plan on dining out more than once.
◆ When selecting a restaurant, diners look for 1) positive reviews, 2) romantic ambience, 3) service.
◆ Romantic diners expect to spend on average $139 on this special dinner.
◆ Most, 56 percent, plan to select a traditional three-course meal, with appetizer, entree and dessert.
◆ 23 percent will choose small plates and 18 percent will just opt for an entree.
◆ Sexiest male celebrity chefs are: Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Eric Ripert and Marcus Samuelsson.
◆ Sexiest female chefs are: Amanda Cohen, Melissa Perello, Stephanie Izard and Tiffany Derry.
Source: Open Table survey