’s ‘Behind the Menu’ Goes Al Fresco in July

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Company’s Monthly Recognition Program Features Popular Outdoor Dining Destinations

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We’re excited to feature six of our restaurant partners that offer a wonderful outdoor dining experience. announces its July edition of “Behind the Menu,” featuring six restaurants with extraordinary outdoor dining

With the arrival of summer, restaurants everywhere are opening their patio doors for diners seeking fresh air as a side dish. When the weather is nice, enjoying a meal outdoors can feel like a well-deserved vacation.

“Whether it’s experiencing the excitement of a big city, or enjoying a rural setting, there’s nothing like dining al fresco with friends and family,” says Cary Chessick, CEO. “We’re excited to feature six of our restaurant partners that offer a wonderful outdoor dining experience.”

July’s “Behind the Menu” restaurants include:

  •     Pine Island Grill at the Crescent Beach Club, Bayville, N.Y.
  •     Ciao Bella, La Mesa, Calif.
  •     Bandung, Madison, Wis.
  •     Café Med, Chicago, Ill.
  •     Shadowland, Seattle, Wash.
  •     Café Degas, New Orleans, La.

Pine Island Grill offers a grand beachfront setting, and one of the best spots for enjoying the sunset on Long Island. At Café Med, diners on the outdoor patio soak up Chicago’s urban ambiance. Terrific food and a lively atmosphere add up to a memorable dining experience.

“We really loved the ambiance and décor of Ciao Bella. We liked the live music! It really turned our evening into an event rather than just a meal,” says Catherine Munson of San Marcos, Calif. “The food was delicious. We were given plenty of time to select our food, enjoy our dinner, then spend time relaxing and talking.”

Travelers are also taking advantage of the many dining destinations on “My family went on vacation to New Orleans. We picked out Café Degas based on their menu and proximity to where we were staying,” says Kevin Walters of Richmond, Va. “We had a great meal and wonderful service!”

Consumers can visit to learn more about the inspiration behind the featured partners’ recipes, and purchase gift certificates from these and more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide.

Every month “Behind the Menu” focuses on a culinary theme that defines and inspires restaurants across the country, then celebrates the restaurants that bring that theme to life. The monthly “Behind the Menu” theme is selected based on cultural relevance and seasonality, and the restaurants are chosen on how they relate to the theme based on criteria including the restaurant’s popularity with diners, high standards for service, unique cuisine and memorable ambiance.

To learn more about “Behind the Menu” and the spotlighted restaurants for July, visit:

About helps deepen relationships and create lasting memories one dining experience at a time. The company offers savings at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 45,000 daily gift certificate options. brings family and friends together to relax, converse and enjoy dining out. customers have saved more than $500 million since the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based company was founded in 1999.


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