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