Forkly: A Foodie Social Network

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iPhone-toting foodies and oenophiles, rejoice: here’s an app that lets you share what you like and discover new favorites when you go out to eat. Forkly is a social network for food and drink recommendations and reviews. Think of it as an inroad to “what’s good” at restaurants and bars.

Here’s how Forkly works. The app bills itself as a personal rating card and a roadmap to the “must tries” wherever users are. Users snap pictures of a superstar dish or cocktail. Others can “want it,” meaning the app will remind them to try it next time they’re in the neighborhood.

Forkly’s user base is steadily on the rise, and Boston-area foodies — like chef Michael Scelfo of Harvard Square’s Russell House Tavern (@mscelfo on Forkly) — are hoping to see it gain more ground in the Hub.

This coming week marks a great way to start. Forkly users can partake in Chardonnay Day, a global celebration of the grape on May 24. California sommelier Rick Bakas, who’s helping to spearhead the virtual festivities, said, “The idea is to share what you’re drinking with friends.”

So, go ahead and share. You can do this on any social media platform by using the hashtag #ChardDay. Cite wines you like, wines you don’t, or the food that goes with them. (On Forkly, participating gives you a chance to win gift certificates from Whole Foods.)

“Even if someone likes wine but isn’t a Forkly user, they can still see wines other people are enjoying and maybe discover something new,” Bakas said.

What will you be drinking and eating on #ChardDay? Send us your recommendations!

4 thoughts on “Forkly: A Foodie Social Network

  1. Michelle Bower

    Frugal foodies unite: App finds nearby cheap bites

    Hello –

    Thought Forkly: A Foodie Social Network might be interested in sharing BiteHunter 2.0.

    Since its initial launch in June 2011, BiteHunter has played the role of a wingman for dining and drink deals. Although it won’t keep you from drunk-texting your ex after one too many cocktails at happy hour, it will be sure you aren’t overpaying for that extra tall brew. Here are just a few reasons BiteHunter 2.0’s latest visual interface and introduction of BiteBuy ™ means a heavier wallet and more convenient dining experience:
    • BiteBuy ™ allows for one-click deal purchases without leaving the app.
    • More technical algorithms organize deal searches so that top-rated deals, highly reviewed restaurants and closest locations show up first.
    • More than 50K deals pulled from thousands of resources are available daily across the U.S.
    • Ability to make reservations at your restaurant of choice without leaving the app.
    • And more!

    I’d love to pass along more information, screenshots and offer up an interview with Gil Harel, co-founder.


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  4. Tanya

    Aww, what about for those of us without smartphones and apps? No web option? :(

    Forkly will be missing out on a fair share of quality foodie input.