Chennai Food Guide turns 10


If you live in Chennai, love food and are active on social media, the Chennai Food Guide (CFG) is a good resource group to be a part of. Food related banter, where to dine - be it at restaurants or street carts, where to shop for ingredients that range from vegetables to caviar, or even if you want to learn a spot of cooking, CFG members are at the ready with up-to-date information.

It's been 2 years since I joined this group and even though I've lived at Chennai for close to 20 years, I've learnt more about the Chennai food scene in the last 2 than in the previous 18. And that's saying something for someone whose business is food. What took me so long to know of the existence of CFG? Well, I became 'active' on Facebook only 2 years ago... and I need to say that my interest in blogging grew after I joined CFG. For once, I could put a face to some of my readers whom I'd met at CFG conducted programmes like the beach cookouts, chef table meets, food walks and cooking and photography workshops.

CFG is now all of 10 years old and birthday celebrations are underway. This year, the party is going to be at The Westin, Chennai. Of particular interest to bloggers like me is that CFG has managed to bring together the big cheeses in the F&B industry, chefs, hoteliers, restaurateurs, bloggers, foodies and food critics under a food network programme- the Blogger Development Initiative. If you are a food blogger, this one is right up your alley - "This first of its kind and possibly the largest congregation on food networking event in Chennai is for like minded food/ recipe bloggers, Hoteliers, Chefs, F&B Professionals, Home Bakers/ Chefs and others with interest in realm of Food. This program aims to create a congenial and transparent eco system for both: the social media professionals and F&B business to interact well and bring about responsible and qualitative product/ service offering. Chennai Food Guide proposes to pledge considerable resource to conduct classes on writing skill enhancement on food, development of food photography skills, technology in Social Media and leading trends and tools to bloggers, exploration of new Cuisines & Basics of Cuisine Arts & Science with the help of supporting F&B businesses." 

And just in case you think food blogging is the preserve of those with years of experience in food, do get inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saransh_Goila, the youngest food celeb in India. 

If you'd like to be a member of the Chennai Food Guide, do hop over to their page on Facebook and send in a request to join the group. As a member, you'll get to know of various food events conducted by the group, learn lots of new recipes, avail dining offers from various restaurants in the city and a whole lot more. 

To join the party, drop a mail to info@chennaifoodguide.in Sub: Registration for Networking Event.

Sign up and be a part of the birthday celebrations at The Westin Chennai on February 28th. It will be an evening of fun, games and food of course. 

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