Denver Bacon & Beer Festival: Tickets Now on Sale!

13 Nov

We think most can agree on the love of two glorious things… beer and bacon. And since we all feel so strongly about these two major food groups Forkly, Eat Boston and Denver Off The Wagon are hosting Denver’s first Bacon & Beer Festival!

When: Sunday, December 9th 2:30–5:00 p.m.
Where: Mile High Station, Denver, Colorado
Buy Tickets Here!

Some fantastic Coloradan restaurants and breweries (full list here) are lending their expertise and giving us more bacon-laced food and brews than we could ever dream of! Our friends at Whole Foods are also helping out by generously donating American Homestead All Natural Smoked Bacon for our chefs. We’re so excited and hope you will all be there to join in on the fun, too!

A little sneak peek into what’s being served…

THE BACON
Colt & Gray: Bacon Cashew Caramel Corn, Cabbage & Bacon Griddle Cake, and Bacon Cassoulet
The Kitchen Denver: Salad Lyonnaise with frisee, bacon lardons, egg, and sherry shallot vinaigrette
The Bitter Bar: Maple Cured & Hickory Smoked Bacon, coated in Captain Crunch & Deep Fried with a Berry Coulis & Mexican Chocolate

THE BEER
New Belgium Brewing: Snow Day Winter Ale & Lips of Faith or Abbey Ales
Strange Brewing Co: Pumpkin Porter, Gingerbread Man and Farmhouse
Oskar Blues Brew & Grill: Dales Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yellow Pils, Old Chub, & Deviant Dales IPA

To join the conversation and stay up-to-date on the bacon and beer happenings, RSVP on our Facebook page for the event. And in the  meantime, start posting your best bacon dishes on Forkly to whet our appetites!

 

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App Update, Forkly 2.3: Facebook Timeline & Low-light Mode for iPhone 5

31 Oct

The newest version of Forkly is now available to download! Forkly 2.3 includes a series of updates to help you share more of your posts with family and friends and to assist you with taking the best food photos possible in darker establishments.

✓ Great photos in Low-light. On the iPhone 5 we now support the same low-light mode as the native Camera app
✓ Easier to share! We’ve added Facebook Timeline
✓ Newly added intro screens
✓ Bug fixes and performance improvements

Below are some of the details…

New Introduction Screen

As the Forkly app develops, we want you to be able to use it to the fullest! The new intro screens let you know how to do just this–and still leaves some playing around up to you, too. Plus, when you tell your friends to download Forkly, they get a quick tutorial on how to rate, want, and discover new dishes (as opposed to asking you, who’s in the middle of savoring a delicious donut!).

    

Facebook Timeline

Once you add Forkly to your Facebook timeline, your Forkly posts will be visible to your Facebook friends. This makes it easier to share all your food adventures–that is, if you were going to recommend a dish or drink to friends or family members, it’s already done! You can always control your Facebook sharing in Settings on Forkly.

  

Low-Light Mode

For those with the iPhone 5, we now support the same low-light mode as the native Camera app. This means that when you’re in a darker restaurant or bar, you’ll notice a significant difference in your Forkly food and drink shots. Take a look at the test we did when the new iPhone 5 came out. Impressive, right!? 

 

Forkly 2.3 can be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store (or just updated on your phone). As always, feel free to contact us with questions and feedback. Enjoy!

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Edible Halloween Happenings: London, Portland, Boston & More!

26 Oct

If you’re looking to dress-up in your best Halloween costume, support a good cause, or simply eat and drink until November 1st… we’ve got some good spots for you!

Atlanta
Stop in for some steak at STK and enjoy vampire-themed Halloween decor and executive Chef Jeremy Miller’s Halloween-inspired menu on October 27th at 8pm. Have a Vampire Kiss Martini or a Pumpkin Mojito while dining on delicious dishes!

P’cheen will be hosting a Halloween bash on October 27th at 7pm. Attendees can enjoy complimentary beer and Halloween-themed food items all night! Come dressed in your best costume and be entered to win $100!

Austin
On October 26th, Midnight Cowboy will offer refuge from the zombies, ghouls, and goblins wandering the streets. From Friday through Halloween, they’re offering a specialty menu of Zombie cocktails for $10.

Boston
The lovely folks at UpStairs on the Square are turning up the spook on Halloween, October 31st. Guests should dress in their best costumes and be ready to enjoy a menu ($40 per person) from chef Susan Regis and $8 cocktails from the bar. Later in the evening you’ll be further entertained with “skaraoke” and a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Be sure to make a reservation soon!

Celebrate Halloween Eve with a sustainable seafood dinner and live jazz at The Beehive on October 30th, starting at 5:30pm. Along with their regular menu, this four course menu ($65 per person) was designed by the restaurant’s execuctive Chef, Rebecca Newell, and the New England Aquarium to raise awareness about sustainable seafood.

California
The OC Fair is offering a Halloween Foodtacular on October 31st 5:30pm until 9pm. This event features a variety of delicious gourmet food trucks with Halloween-themed menu items. Other perks include a DJ, cash bar, and trick-or-treating for the kids!

Denver
Celebrate Halloween at the Molly Brown House with All Hallows Eve Full Tea on October 27th at 11am until 1pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include tea, treats, and time to show off your scariest or wackiest costume.

London
Dine at Dans Le Noir in pure darkness this Halloween. On October 31st at 7pm the restaurant will provide a special menu that will shock your senses! Make a reservation soon!

Portland
It’s Night of the Living Ales in Portland on October 29th where eight breweries will be whipping up Halloween-inspired brews like Burnside’s Reese’s peanut butter cup, chocolate pumpkin porter, and a Monster Mash! Costumes are encouraged and other treats include a Halloween burlesque show, full bar, and other themed cocktails ($8 cover charge).

And now, just to perk up your taste buds, here are some great Halloween recipes to make at home and share on Forkly!

Martha Stewart’s Brain Cupcakes

Chef Mom’s Spooky Ghost Pizza

Bon Appetit’s Vampire Cupcakes

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Forkly Adds 2700+ Beers as the Guide for the Great American Beer Festival

12 Oct

If you or some of your friends are attending the Great American Beer Festival this weekend, we’ve added 2700+ beers into the system to keep track of your beer wants, tastes, and notes (includes beer list from this year and from users’ posts last year). An efficient way of recording favorites and unique tastes at the festival, the beers can be found under “Great American Beer Festival in Denver” when you search in Discover–and once browsed through, they’re available offline too (ie. if you’re having trouble with cell service within the Colorado Convention Center, you can still taste & rate on your Forkly account).

How to Make Use of the GABF Beer List within Forkly:

When you tap on an individual beer itself, it’ll show you where to find the brewers’ booth within the GABF hall:

You can also sort the list by beers you have bookmarked within the app in the past:

And beers you have tasted & rated in the past:

Enjoy! And don’t forget to take advantage of the UBER-Forkly Deal within the feed ($20 off car service for festival attendees!), the Great Divide giveaways. And if you’re looking for food advice (coffee, brunch, and favorite dishes) from locals, read the previous blog posts–we’ve got you covered! Cheers!!

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Where to Eat During GABF: Coffee Edition

11 Oct

To keep you energized this GABF weekend, we’ve collected coffee concoctions around Denver from cups of joe and lattes to desserts that’ll refuel your beer-induced states!

Now go put some pep in your step so you can get back to GABF!

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Where to Eat During GABF: Best Fried Chicken in Denver

10 Oct

Alright GABF attendees, we know you’re all about beer this weekend, but if you wake up (on more than one occasion) feeling less than great and craving something delicious, filling, crispy and maybe a tad greasy… we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best fried chicken dishes in Denver that your hangover is craving! 

PS. Lou’s Food Bar in the Highlands and Table 6 also have some fried goodness on their menus–locals love ‘em!

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Where to Eat during GABF: Best Denver Brunch Dishes to Nurse a Hangover

9 Oct

With the Great American Beer Festival in town, we know you’ll be having a little too much fun this week in Denver. Here’s a chance to satisfy growling stomachs (and to keep the momentum going!) with some of the best breakfast and brunch dishes around town!

Keep posting and checking the Forkly app’s feed for tips and special GABF deals! OH and record all those beer tastings on Forkly: We have some great prizes for the “Beer Post of the Day!”

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Where to Eat during GABF: Top Denver Dishes Recommended by Locals

5 Oct

The Great American Beer Fest begins next week and Denver is ready for the 50K+ attendees coming our way. There’ll be a bevy of brews to quench your thirst all week long, but don’t forget to take a break and explore Denver’s exciting culinary scene. Recommendations below for some of the best dishes in Denver, as posted by Forkly locals (Click on the venue name or find the venue in Forkly’s Discover tab to see more dishes and drinks)!

Download Forkly in the app store (it’s free!) for some great deals for users during GABF (they’ll be in the Forkly feed). Use the Discover tab to find out what’s good in various neighborhoods… and of course, where to drink too! Cheers!

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iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S: Putting the “Low Light Mode” to test in Dimly Lit Restaurants & Bars

1 Oct

One of the features we’re most excited about on the new iPhone 5 is the camera’s new ‘Low Light Mode,’ but how good is it?  We decided to put this feature to the test in the real world, our testing ground, a dimly lit bar and local favorite, Russell’s Smokehouse.  We carefully shot the same dishes and drinks with the iPhone 4S and then with the iPhone 5: the differences were striking! In general the iPhone 5 low light pictures are sharper, less noisy, and the camera itself seemed to focus faster.

We’re loving this because it’s now possible for 3rd party developers to include the ‘low light mode’ right into their app. We’ve added it to Forkly, so look for ‘low light mode’ in the next Forkly update!

Below are some side-by-side examples.

iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S in Typical Dimly Lit Restaurant

Photos in Extremely Dim Setting

The iPhone 5′s camera and ‘Low Light Mode’ is a huge step forward for photography enthusiasts. Combine it with the our photo filters designed specifically for food and it opens a whole new world of food photography. If you have the new iPhone 5, try it out and let us know what you think. We’re looking forward to seeing the best looking food and drink shots yet!

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Introducing the Forkly DishScore™ & Updates for the iPhone 5!

19 Sep

Hooray, version 2.2 is here! And it includes updates for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, too! Forkly 2.2 includes a major design overhaul, aimed to help make your dining experiences all the better. Play around with the new version–start with a photo and rate later; find what’s good with the new Forkly DishScore™; and narrow in on what you like and don’t like with the new Discover filters–and learn a little more about the new features below.

Here’s a more official list of whats new:

✓Support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5!
✓ Introducing Forkly DishScore™: see what’s good at a glance
✓ New and improved Taste & Rate design
✓ Ability to start with a photo when rating an item
✓ New filters on the Discover tab: find dishes & drinks with ease
✓ View nearby “Wants” in Discover
✓ Simplified tab bar design
✓ Poor reception? New offline capabilities; add an item offline and rate it later
✓ Bug fixes & speed enhancements

More About the Additions:

Start with a Photo

You asked, we delivered. You can now start the rating process by taking a photo and rating it later (once you’re home and happily stuffed!).

 

 

Forkly DishScore Shows you What’s Good at a Glance

We wanted a simple way to express an overall opinion of a dish/drink.  To accomplish this we’ve added the Forkly DishScore, it takes into account 700k+ data points expressed as a numerical 1-10 score (you’ll see it next to dishes and on the food detail). It lets you know best bets at a glance and gives an idea of how popular a given dish is at an establishment. The score is derived from a variety of sources, including the number of dish or drink tastes and “wants” submitted by Forkly friends and users. So it’s not just your average rating!

 

 

Discover More with Enhanced Search Abilities

A redesigned Discover tab allows you to see nearby Wants and will show you places that are New to Me (places you haven’t been before). We’ve also added in filters on categories (eg. breakfast, coffee, dessert, etc.) and the ability to search for specific items (eg. Tacos, Pizza, and Pho). Additionally, Top Picks will show you highly recommended places.

 

 

We hope you enjoy the new updates! Download 2.2 from the app store here. As always, feel free to contact us with questions and feedback (and don’t forget to tell your friends all about it, too!).

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