We’ve been seeing Forkly posts, tweets, recipes, and articles left and right all about it being tomato season… so we thought we’d add to the excitement with some of your lovely shots of this wonderful fruit/vegetable/add-on-to-everything. If you’re busy creating salads, sauces, canning, jarring, or the like, feel free to share some recipes and Forkly shots with us on Facebook–we love hearing from you!
That’s right! Food & Travel lovers rejoice!
Trippy, the social travel website and mobile app that makes it easy for you to collect and share travel ideas with friends, released its first phase of brand profiles today with a select group of targeted brands as inaugural launch partners. The brands will share curated travel content offering unique perspectives and expertise to travelers…
Similar to how it selected its advisors (which include Randi Zuckerberg, Anthony Bourdain, Jason Mraz, Rachel Zoe, Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuck and others), Trippy’s diverse group of partners are all influential in key lifestyle interest areas related to travel and offer unique insight, authority and original content. Those brands include: Chase Sapphire Preferred; Thompson Hotels; Hawaii; Hilton Hotels & Resorts; Brides; Air New Zealand; and Forkly; among others.
What does this mean for you? You can now use Trippy with great Forkly recommendations to lead the way to the best dishes and drinks on your adventures. Take a look at our Trippy page and follow us! Plus, we’ll be adding to it regularly with new food photographs from Forkly users around the world.
“Working together with brands of this caliber lets us create new ways to connect travelers to great insight and expertise that compliments their social discovery experience on Trippy.” – J.R. Johnson, CEO and Founder of Trippy
As always, feel free to be in touch with questions. And in the meantime, enjoy sharing dishes with fellow traveling food lovers!
We’ve seen our share of great food photography and we appreciate each one of you snapping shots and making our mouths water!
Here are some fantastic photos from Forkly users to salivate over, and if you’re not already, start following these great photographers!
The Kempe Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and attendance will help ensure healing and hope for abused and neglected children for another 40 years!
Every summer, Denver’s Kempe Foundation Alliance hosts a huge bash to raise money for The Kempe Foundation and Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. This year, “Salt on the Rim” (if you’re a margarita lover, this one’s for you!) will be at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens on Friday, July 27 at 5:30pm. More info below and RSVP here.
And much to our delight, the Alliance’s co-chairs, Paul Heitzenrater & John Farnam, as well as the participating restaurants are avid Forkly users & frequented venues. Confirmed restaurants thus far: Piatti, Japoix, Chinooks Tavern, Brio Tuscan Grille, Mezcal, Sam’s #3, The Edge at Four Seasons Hotel, Lifestyles Catering, The Palm, Zink, Trinity Fine Wines, Lime, The Sheraton Downtown, The Food Guy, and Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
Individual tickets are $100 or $75 for young professionals, 39 or younger…and they are still available. We hope you’ll all attend this wonderful event and spread the word–and be sure to Forkly the best Margaritas from the Margarita Challenge and some of the best dishes of the night too!
Enjoy the festivities and Forkly for a cause!
CRAFT BEER ADVOCATE & SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN, THE BEER WENCH (Forkly: @thebeerwench)
Ashley’s awesome use of Forkly: beer & food pairings; social media platform; restaurant & bar recommendations; and advocacy of craft beer & beer cocktails
Known amongst the Interwebs as The Beer Wench, Ashley is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist & social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration, and advocacy. She is the founder of two prominent beer blogs, DrinkWithTheWench.com & BeerMixology.com, and is a recognized social media influencer on the topic of beer. In addition to her beer expertise, Ashley is a Certified Specialist of Wine, boasting over 7 years experience working in multiple facets of the food & beverage industries.
Ashley cites Forkly as her favorite go-to food & beverage app:
“As a social media addict obsessed with sharing pictures and notes about my food and beer adventures, Forkly is by far the coolest, easiest, and most integrated platform out there. Forkly allows me to synch my posts with both Facebook and Twitter, making it the best one-stop shop for sharing dining experiences online. It’s also a great tool for discovering new places based on the recommendations of peers. I love it!”
Ashley is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, CA — where her responsibilities include everything from marketing, sales, PR, social media & events – and, on rare occasion, brewing. She’s also a freelance consultant and professional speaker on the subjects of social media, beer mixology, food & beverage pairings as well as a regular contributor to CraftBeer.com.
As an expert in food & beer pairings, Ashley is excited to bring a unique twist on food & beverage pairings to Forkly:
“Until recently, food pairings were reserved mostly for wine. The exceptions being pub fare, fried foods, and pizza. The complexities and nuances in beer surpass those in wine, in many respects, and, as a result, beer is slowly but surely challenging wine as the quintessential food pairing beverage. Beer & caviar? Beer & Foie Gras? You, bet! I’m excited to share my passion and knowledge with the Forkly community as one of its “resident” beer experts!”
Ashley is also a leader in the beer cocktail movement, recently getting national recognition for her recipes on both the Discovery Channel & San Francisco’s NPR website, KQED. She is on a mission to seek out the best beer cocktails in the country and share them with the Forkly community, as well as share some of her own recipe successes from time to time.
“Although the trend is still in its infancy, beer cocktails are appearing on more and more bar menus. I’ve made it my prerogative to find them and report back to my friends on Forkly!”
For more on Ashley’s perspective on beer & food, check out some of her musings or meet her in person on July 22 at a fundraiser for Sprouts Cooking Club in the historical San Francisco Ferry Building:
Well, we’ve been a little preoccupied this week with our new release but wanted to post some beautiful shots from our long weekend at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
A huge thank you Aspen’s The Cheese Shop for hosting our Happy Hour with Culinary Connectors — we’d highly recommend that you stop by there (tell them we sent you!) next time you’re in Aspen. The food was FANTASTIC. As was the wine & prosecco, thank you Zonin USA! We also recommend that next time you make it to Denver, Boulder, or Aspen, book a phenomenal food (or craft beer!) tour with Culinary Connectors. It’ll give you plenty to Forkly– but in the meantime, you can follow them on Forkly to whet your appetite.
Other shout outs: Food & Wine Magazine, Infinite Monkey Theorem, Leigh Sullivan Enterprises & the FIVE crew, Justin Brunson and Masterpiece Deli, Swirl Girl Denver, Justice Snow’s, the Grand Cochon, One Hope Wine, and Whole Foods Market for being wonderful hosts and making it a fabulous weekend. We’re looking forward to next year!
Forkly friends, get excited… the newest version of Forkly is now available to download! Forkly 2.1 includes a series of updates for users and food & drink businesses alike. What’s included?
✓ Photo filters specifically designed for food (candlelit dinners included!)
✓ Photo effects: Tilt-shift and enhance images
✓ Auto-focus and exposure camera controls
✓ Invite friends
✓ Settings: Save photos to albums
✓ Share Tastemaker status on Twitter & Facebook
✓ View places where you’re the Tastemaker
✓ Wine.com integration: Buy wine you find on Forkly
✓ Improved Featured Users section
✓ Enhancements: User interface & speed
Below are some of the details…
Photo Filters Designed for Food & Drink
With the newly added photo filters and special effects, you can now shoot photos like a pro when dining out—think Instagram, but designed specifically for food, drinks, and those beloved dark, candlelit establishments. Mmmm tasty lookin’ photos.
Get your shots perfect with focus and exposure controls. Tap with two fingers to get the controls, drag them to the desired locations and take the photo. You can also double tap to autofocus.
New Improved Tastemaker features
Our point-loving users (or super competitive users…you know who you are…) should get a kick out of the new and improved Tastemaker features. As most of you know, a Tastemaker is the most influential Forkly user at an establishment (determined by points within the app). With Forkly 2.1, Tastemakers can announce your status through social media accounts (Twitter & Facebook friends, get ready!), see where you’re most influential, and later this summer, you’ll be rewarded with “Tastemaker Perks” too (Patience folks, patience).
Wine.com – Buy wine you find on Forkly directly from your iPhone
Forkly 2.1 also includes the integration of Wine.com, which allows users to discover wines on Forkly and buy them directly from your phone. How many times have you tried a great wine when dining out–and then tried to remember the name next time you were on the hunt for a good wine? Now you can record the names and buy them as needed. Done and done.
You can now invite all your friends to join Forkly too, hooray! We’ve had so many requests from users who want to spread the word to family and friends, you can now do so with a few taps within the app. So, share away–and keep us in the loop. You know we love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest (and follow or LIKE us while you’re at it!). And you know we’ll spread the word about fun food-related events you and friends are attending.
Thanks for Spreading the Love!
All of these changes are great for local food & drink businesses too–so thanks for doing your part. The better images look, the more new and repeat customers an establishment will get. The more you compete to become a Tastemaker and invite friends to join, the more word-of-mouth publicity for the restaurants or bars you’re frequenting. The more wine/food pairings posted, the more sommeliers and wineries have to work with–and to teach us all about great new wines (or ones we haven’t tried yet). All in all, everybody wins!
Forkly 2.1 can be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store (or just updated on your phone). Enjoy!
So, you just realized this Sunday is Father’s Day? Fear not! There are plenty of fun food events going on for you to find something that you “booked months ago”! There are also lots of Forkly photos that’ll inspire you to have your own cookout, cocktails, & perhaps cake (just because it starts with a c).
Fun Around Town for Pops & the Fam
Taste of Orange County Culinary Festival, Sat June 16 (21+ only) & Sun June 17 (all ages): And for Father’s Day, Dads get in for free! 30+ Orange County restaurants will be providing dishes, chef demos, wine & beer tastings, and more!
Real Men Cook for Charity: Multi-city fundraiser to celebrate fathers & father figures around the world. “Founded in 1990, this annual event is held each Father’s Day in cities throughout the U.S., which began the tradition of men cooking together for a cause.” This year, your family can participate in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, NY, Philadelphia, Detroit, Queens, Miami, LA, St Louis, or Las Vegas!
Rock & Brews 2nd Annual Local Craft Beer Festival, Sun June 17, 11am-4pm: “Enjoy the fresh and unique beers from local breweries…We have brought together the best local breweries in Southern California representing LA, Orange, Ventura, and Riverside Coounties. Limited, seasonal, and special beers available.”
Father’s Day Cheese & Beer, Sat June 16, 5pm-7pm: Hosted by The Cheese School of San Francisco, enjoy beer & cheese pairings and a lesson in both taught by former CIA Greystone instructor Andy Wild.
DADS and JAZZ, Sun June 17 2pm-6pm: Enjoy live jazz, food, drinks, and a tour of the mansion with the entire extended family in a charming setting– the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland, CA. Program features some of Oakland’s most talented and versatile jazz artists including: Fullhouse Band featuring Georgia Freeman; Destiny Trio; and Daria Nile and Band.
Father’s Day Saturday at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Michigan, Sat June 16 11am-6pm: Wine tastings, picnic on the lawn (can grab food from their cafe too), listen to live bluegrass music, check out some Dad-gifts and relax with family & friends.
Lemon Creek Winery’s 28th Annual Father’s Day Festival, Sun June 17 noon-6pm: Michigan’s longest running wine festival! Wine tastings, hayrides, classic Corvettes, live oldies music, Outdoor Kitchen (bring chairs & blankets!) and more.
33rd Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival, June 15, 16 & 17: Featuring Music, Fine Art, and Crafters at Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm in Vermont–and most importantly for a memorable Father’s Day, 20+ hot air balloons (check flight times in advance)! On Sunday, Dads accompanied by a child get half-price admission.
Father’s Day Brunch at Green Pastures Restaurant, Sun June 17: Indulge with the family at this stunning Victorian home–and Austin’s “Grand Dame of restaurants.” Brunch is $50 per person and includes an incredible array of dishes–as well as their Chocolate Milk punch, made only one day the whole year!
Forkly Food Ideas to Help Show off Your Grill Skills to Dad
(and make sure your siblings & friends help out too, give Dad & Mom the day off!)
If you’re grilling, take a look at our Memorial Day Weekend post.
If you’re looking for brunch or party ideas, here we go…
Unwind with us from the first two jam-packed days of Food & Wine’s Classic in Aspen, meet some familiar faces & Forkly friends (chefs & industry folk included!)– and be sure to introduce yourselves to the hosts!
Admission is free, RSVP required