SXSW: The Latest in Food Applications
I spent the past four days at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference, and my mind is jam packed with new information about our crazy connected online world. Thanks to friends at Whole Foods, I also spent part of the weekend at the Techmunch, an amazing conference for food bloggers. Those interested in hearing more about Techmunch should check out Natanya Anderson’s notes on her new blog, Social Feasting.
The panel I’ve decided to share with you all is one I attended yesterday, a SXSWi core conversation called “How Technology is Revolutionizing the Way We Eat.” The two presenters for this panel were Jaspal Riyait, co-founder of Plato Putas, and the art director for Oprah magazine, and Chitra Agrawal, blogger at ABCD’s of Cooking, and online cooking show and supper club host.
You never know the direction these conversations will take, and the session ended up focusing on favorite food-related apps and websites. There were also many in the audience who had built their own apps or worked for a food technology company and that ended up being a really interesting opportunity for those creating content and those consuming content to interact. Without further ado, here’s a list of websites and apps folks in the room said they are currently using (and some I’ve added with help from fellow attendees @elysa and @rodtoliver):
- Dinevore: Website to discover, organize, share and map restaurant advice. Users see where friends’ opinions overlap with professional critics and publications and create lists of favorites for friends to follow.
- Eat Your Books: Provides subscribers with a digital way to search for recipes in their own cookbooks. They offer a free membership with up to 5 books or a $2.50 monthly or $25 annual membership fee.
- Epicurious: Free iPhone app with recipes and shopping lists from Conde Nast publications.
- Food Blog Search: A custom built search engine that uses Google specifically for searching recipes in blogs.
- Foodily: Website that allows you to search online recipes, and share them with your friends on Facebook.
- foodpickle: The first real-time food Q&A. Tweet @foodpickle to ask staff of food52 any food or cooking question for their community to answer.
- Foodspotting: Free iPhone app helps users find and share food recommendations through photos.
- Hello Vino: Free iPhone and Android app that assists the wine beginner in recommending wine to go with food, and suggestions based on personal taste preference.
- How to Cook Everything: $5 for Mark Bittman’s iPhone app, $10 for iPad version includes 2,000 recipes and 4oo how-to illustrations.
- In the Kitchen Food Network App: $2 in the iPhone or Android store, this app provides thousands of recipes, shopping lists, and more.
- Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals: $8 iPhone app where each recipe comes with a rundown of ingredients linking directly to a sharable shopping list. This app was highly recommended by the panelist who works for Oprah.
- LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker: $3 iPhone and Blackberry app includes over half a million food and restaurant items and 2,000 fitness activities.
- Lovefre.sh: a free iPhone and web location based social platform which connects you with great local produce and the people behind it. Discover the food around you. Check-in and tell your local food story.
- Ratio: $5 iPhone and Android app provides the 32 critical ratios, a calculator, an ounces to grams converter, recipe variation suggestions, recipe storage, and social sharing options.
- Real Time Farms: a crowd-sourced online local food guide providing information about farms, farmers markets, and locally sourced restaurants.
- Wholeshare: Currently an invite-only website that allows you to save money by buying as a group, direct from farmers.
- Whole Foods Market Recipes: Free iPhone app lets you build recipes, shopping lists, and find stores.
- Yummly: “The world’s first semantic recipe search and recommendation platform. Yummly enables you to find and customize recipes based on your personal taste, nutritional and dietary preferences. The site aggregates recipes from cooking websites.”
Those that folks in the audience were marketing/selling or will soon be coming out include:
- 7 Lunches (7specials): App will allow restaurants to post daily specials in 140 characters; daily lunchtime emails gives info about specials near you.
- Bizzy: Free iPhone or Android app that finds recommendations based on your tastes and the favorites of others with similar tastes as you.
- Clean Plates: Website (no app yet) that claims they are “the easiest way to find restaurants serving nutritious, eco-friendly, and mouthwateringly delicious food.” Currently list restaurants in Manhattan only.
- Cookulus: Recipes that users design themselves, save, and share. However you like your food, Cookulus makes it easy to make it your way with adjustable recipes. Recommended by @ruhlman. They currently offer a chocolate chip cookie app for the iPad that is free for 120 recipes and $1 for 1200.
- sexbyfood: Web-based reservations book for restaurateurs that provides tracking, web integration and online reservations capabilities.
- supermarmite: a European location-based social network that “brings homemade meals to your doorstep.” Basically, it allows home cooks to sell their food and avoid waste.
- The Wine Agent: This app currently in development goes beyond search to provide a recommendation on wine pairings. It may also be used to make wine suggestions to friends via social media and help manage a wine cellar.
Overall, this was one of the most engaged core conversations I experienced at SXSW this year and it was exciting to be in a room with so many people who share my interest in food and technology. I collected twitter handles from some of the folks tweeting about the #ediblebytes talk and wanted to share those so we can continue the conversation:
If you were part of the discussion and would like to add your thoughts, interesting apps, or Twitter handle, please share in the comments.
UPDATE, 3/21/11: Chitra, one of the wonderful moderators, has written about the conversation, and about other food and technology apps on the horizon here.Tags: apps, social media, SXSW, technology