Top 15 Social Media Resources for Foodies

Posted by Rob Lewis

Mashable profiled the Top 15 Social Media Resources for Foodies today and four web strartups from the Pacific Northwest got the nod.

Foodzie – The goal of Foodzie, which is kind of like Etsy for food, is to create an online marketplace for locally grown, handmade, and/or artisan foods. Foodzie allows people without access to high quality food from small producers a way to get that food via the mail, and it provides farmers and small artisan producers the opportunity to more easily reach a wider audience.

Rouxbe – Rouxbe is an online cooking school and video recipe library, offering a large collection of how-to videos covering both basic and advanced cooking techniques and entire recipes. What really sets Rouxbe apart from other food video blogs is the production value and amazing video player. Rouxbe videos easily rival the cooking shows you’ll find on public television or the Food Network in terms of quality, both in content and production. Further, their Flash video player lets you jump between chapters, and recipe videos are accompanied by detailed text and image-based descriptions.

Foodista – You can’t cook great food until you learn the basics, and Foodista is a great place to turn when something stumps you in the kitchen. Foodista is a wiki-based food encyclopedia (meaning anyone can edit it) that includes entries for foods, tools, techniques, and even recipes (so you can apply your newfound food knowledge).

Urban Spoon – Of all the challengers to Yelp in the local review market, Urban Spoon might be one of the best. The site combines user reviews with those of critics and food bloggers for thousands of restaurants. What really sets Urban Spoon apart, though, is their highly useful iPhone app that lets you easily find local restaurant options, filtered by cuisine, neighborhood, and price.

Seattle's Foodista and UrbanSpoon have been in the news of late thanks to some Venture Capital activity. Foodista picked up a $500K investment from Amazon and UrbanSppon was acquired by IAC.

Perhaps Boulder's Foodzie and Vancouver's Rouxbe are up next??

Company:
Rouxbe
Website:
http://www.rouxbe.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rouxbe connects professional chefs with home cooks: people like you, who love food and are looking to expand their culinary repertoire and improve their skills in the kitchen. We offer online instructional cooking videos that walk you step by step through each delicious recipe. And our video recipes provide what no cookbook can: audio and visual cues that professional chefs use as their guides to preparing great... more

Company:
Urbanspoon
Website:
http://www.urbanspoon.com
Location:
Seattle, Washington, United States

Urbanspoon is the world's leading provider of time-critical dining data, a major division of a very important multi-national corporation, and an all-around BIG PLAYER in the multi-billion dollar restaurant information industry. more

Company:
Foodzie
Website:
http://foodzie.com/
Location:
Boulder, Colorado, United States

Foodzie is an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food from small artisan producers and growers. more

Company:
Foodista
Website:
http://www.foodista.com
Location:
Seattle, Washington, United States

Foodista is the online cooking encyclopedia that everyone can edit. We're revolutionizing how people learn and share about food and cooking! more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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