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Posts Tagged ‘David Chang’

OpenTable Acquires Foodspotting, Encourages Users to Keep Playing With Their Dinner

Last week we told you that some fancy-pants New York City restaurants have begun pushing back against the “Instagramming your meal” trend by discouraging amateur photographers from breaking out their iPhones during dinner. Yet some within the food business have other ideas: Leading restaurant reservations app/site OpenTable just bet $10 million on user-generated content by acquiring Foodspotting, a startup designed to help users “find and [share] great dishes at restaurants.”

In case you haven’t seen Foodspotting, it’s a fairly inventive little app that allows users to search for, say, New York City’s best cheesecake (which isn’t at Junior’s, no matter how many people tell you otherwise) and displays other users’ shared photos of said cake. It’s a purely visual food community that’s about to get even bigger–and this means that the “playing with our food” debate won’t be over anytime soon, no matter what David Chang thinks.

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Restaurants Crack Down on Instagrammers

Instagram foodBreaking news: everybody loves to play with their food. Don’t deny it; we do it too. But the strained relationship between top restaurants and “foodies” obsessed with documenting their every culinary experience appears to have reached a new stage that we’ll sum up with the phrase “Dude, seriously!

Why, when some restaurants have gone so far as to create virtual menus from diners’ Instagram pics, have some decided that enough is enough?

Well, five-star chef David Bouley calls the food-fetish scene “a circus” that can quickly get out of control, with some eaters setting portable tripods on their tables and others using their iPhone flash functions without considering the fact that this is extremely annoying to everyone around them. Gentleman Bouley describes his solution to The New York Times: As soon as he sees a diner pull the phone out, he offers to take him or her back into his restaurant’s kitchen to “shoot the plates as they come out.”

Great idea, right? But most chefs aren’t quite so nice:

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Revolving Door: A New Food Magazine, Changes at ‘Bridal Guide,’ and More

For those looking for another food outlet to pitch, news this morning is that famed pork chef David Chang, he of the delicious Momofuku restaurants, is launching a new quarterly magazine called Lucky Peach on June 22. Big names like Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain will be involved with the debut issue. And the magazine will have an iPad app come July. McSweeney’s will be publishing the magazine, so it should be an interesting read. [via FishbowlNY]

After the jump, more of this week’s media highlights from mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter.

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