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Resource Wed Dec 02 2009

New iPhone Application Makes Every Week Restaurant Week

Get exclusive deals at up to 150 Chicago restaurants using Foodie, a new iPhone and iPod Touch application launching this week. The application populates a map of the city with pinpoints indicating restaurants offering specials. Deals change daily and can include prix-fixe menus, discounts on specific dishes and complimentary wine pairings.

Users secure a special offer by making a one-touch reservation with the restaurant through the application. For example, today at David Burke's Primehouse, Foodie subscribers can get a 28-day Ribeye steak ($45 value) for the price of a Delmonico steak (regularly $28).

Additionally, users can send meal email invitations to friends, instantly confirm reservations and post reviews to Facebook and Twitter. Restaurants currently signed on to offer Foodie specials include the Bristol, Custom House, Graham Elliot, Nightwood, one sixtyblue, Piccolo Sogno and Webster's Wine Bar.

The application is available now on iTunes for $1.99. Users' first three reservations are free. Every subsequent reservation made through Foodie costs $.99. Users may upgrade to monthly and yearly subscriptions for unlimited free reservations. However, the first 250 people to download Foodie can secure special deals at no cost for a full year.

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Alan / December 3, 2009 9:16 AM

This app may not be ready for prime time. I downloaded (and paid) yesterday but it bombs out and returns me to the iPhone menu. I've written to the authors at for a fix.

Cristin / December 3, 2009 10:38 AM

Some of us foodies don't want to shell out the money for a data package with the iPhone, and haven't gotten around to needing an iPod touch. I really wish they'd think of another method of delivery for those who are interested, but don't have the necessary components for an app. I tried emailing them about this yesterday, but my email bounced back saying that the address didn't exist.

JeremyW / January 30, 2010 8:50 AM

First of all thanks a lot for the great and informative article. I am very interested in all iPhone applications so it was quite interesting to read this your post about this subject. But I have to admit that I have never heard about this Foodie application. Your description really makes me to be very interested in it. Well I will definitely try this app for myself. Thanks a lot one more time for the useful information and I will be waiting for other great posts from you in the nearest future. Regards, Jeremy Watson from iphone development

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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