Most Wonderful Time of Year to Savor and Save on Dining with

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Dining Web site offers significant savings, instant value and information for more than 6,500 restaurants nationwide.

This holiday season, consumers who enjoy dining out and shopping online can realize as much as 60-percent savings at more than 6,500 independent restaurants nationwide with dining certificates from (

“Our system allows consumers to stretch their holiday spending and encourages people to treat themselves, family members and friends to new dining experiences they might not have considered,” said Cary Chessick, president and CEO of “Thousands of unique restaurants and hundreds of thousands of menu items are available across the country at friendly prices that won’t break the bank.” visitors search through a national database of restaurants and browse for appealing places to eat by state, city, neighborhood, zip code and cuisine. Search results reveal unique Web pages of participating restaurants and include descriptions of menu items, hours of operation, neighborhood locale and other details to help diners make informed selections.

After choosing a restaurant through the Web site, visitors can purchase, print and present dining certificates that offer significant savings and value. Many restaurants offer $25 dining certificates that are available for $10. Diners print certificates from their own computers and present them upon arrival at the restaurant, which are honored and validated on-site.

Historically, November and December are among the most popular months for people to eat at restaurants. Last year, one in 10 Americans celebrated Thanksgiving Day by dining out, according to the National Restaurant Association. Eight percent of Americans went out to eat on Christmas Eve and 13 percent of them visited new and favorite eateries on New Year’s Eve.

“Throughout the busy holiday season, convenience and value are paramount for consumers with limited time, sizable gift lists and fixed expenses. Visiting, allows people to select a restaurant, print a dining certificate and experience affordable, first-rate food—all in the same night,” said Chessick.

During the fourth quarter of 2004, consumers spent more than $21.5 billion on retail e-commerce purchases, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This year, U.S. online shopping carts are expected to fill up during the holiday season with an estimated $26 billion, says Forrester Research.

About is an online dining resource that connects restaurant seekers and food lovers to more than 6,500 restaurants nationwide and to various online merchants. As the nation’s leading online directory of restaurants and dining certificate provider, the company brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and -served meals at affordable prices. helps independent restaurants across the country promote the unique aspects of their business and attract new customers. has operated continuously since 1999 and is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

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Cary Chessick, president and CEO of is available for interviews upon request.

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