The Foodspotting Book Is Here!

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OpenTable is proud to be the home of Foodspotting, a website and app for finding and sharing great dishes. But the lesser-known story behind Foodspotting is that long before it was an app idea, it was a book idea. Today, we’re excited to announce that this book is here!

Check out The Foodspotting Field Guide

Five years ago, Alexa Andrzejewski (now a lead experience designer here at OpenTable) traveled to Japan and Korea, where she was surprised to realize how many dishes she’d never heard of before, like Okonomiyaki and Tteokbokki. A few weeks later, Alexa woke up with the idea to create a “Field Guide for Food” — a pocket-sized guide to interesting dishes from around the world.

The book idea evolved into an app idea, and Foodspotting was born. Today, millions of food photos later, our friends at Chronicle Books and our beloved editor April Walters (previously Foodspotting’s Head of Community), have brought The Foodspotting Field Guide to life. If you’re curious about these and other dishes, or know someone who would be, then this book is for you!

Think you already know your dishes? See how many you’ve tried! Take The Foodspotting Field Guide Challenge.

Now Download This: Foodspotting for iOS 7

You may have noticed that OpenTable is better looking than ever — thanks to the inclusion of mouthwatering Foodspotting photos. We didn’t think it was possible, but now our favorite app for shooting and sharing food photos is, too. Foodspotting for iOS 7 is a wholly reimagined Foodspotting app, brought to you by Alexa Andrzejewski (@ladylexy) and Matt Jarjoura (@jarjar2k7). Foodspotting for iOS 7 features include:

Filters & Places
Find dishes by place or by category using Foodspotting’s new smart search. Look for new categories including “Find dishes at places you can reserve (on OpenTable).”

Location & Map
Find dishes anywhere in the world by tapping the green bar and setting your location. You can enter a city or address, or pan and zoom the map.

About This Dish & About This Place
Scroll left and right to discover delicious dishes. If a dish piques your interest, simply scroll down to learn how to get your hands on it.

Explore and Activity
Toggle between discovering nearby dishes and discovering dishes from friends with one tap (upper left), and Foodspotting will remember which you last used.

Before and after
Before and after

 

Read more about the new Foodspotting app here, and download Foodspotting for iOS 7 today.

 

We Are Family: Foodspotting Joins OpenTable!

OpenTable is about to make you a whole lot hungrier, thanks to the addition of Foodspotting and their delectable photos to our family of products.

We are thrilled to announce that Foodspotting is becoming a part of OpenTable. An app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants, Foodspotting is a must-have for foodies who enjoy documenting, sharing, and discovering photos of delicious dishes.

“We’re proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “The folks behind Foodspotting are as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.”

Foodspotting Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alexa Andrzejewski is equally excited. “We’re so happy to have found a home for Foodspotting where our community can continue to thrive while our entire team continues to focus on creating great dining experiences.”

By becoming part of the OpenTable family of products, Foodspotting will enable us to deliver a richer visual and social experience for diners as well as provide our restaurants with new opportunities to showcase their culinary creations.

While Alexa and her team help us develop more enhancements to OpenTable, we will continue to maintain the Foodspotting site and mobile apps on a standalone basis. And, OpenTable is adding Foodspotting photos to our web and mobile web and will soon be available across our service.