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CupcakeCampTO

This past weekend we attended CupcakeCampTO, held at Lapspace Studio. It was the first Canadian installment of the popular San Francisco cupcake unconference, originally started by Ariel Waldman, Lynn, Marianne Masculino and Cindy Li.

Cupcakes were in plentiful abundance. When we arrived, the place was packed, and sugar was in the air. Luckily as people started clearing out, we were able to snag some delicious cupcakes.

Overall, it was a great first installment. Next time hopefully a larger venue will be used.  Also, due to the speed at which cupcakes were being consumed, perhaps cupcakes should be cut into smaller pieces (although it would probably ruin the fun).

Although not officially a competition, winners were announced. Proceeds of the event went to help The Humane Society.

Some photos of the event:

Our good friend over at blissfulbites.ca shared her photos:

Check out more pics in the official flickr pool.

Here’s a video showing the insanity that was cupcakecamp:

Here’s another video showing how fast cupcakes were gobbled up!


Spotlight – Cupcake Camp Toronto ’09 from Suresh on Vimeo.

Looking forward to the next one guys!

January 28, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

Happy Holidays from Foodea.com

Happy holidays from foodea.com!

Foodea.com is moving forward at a rapid pace and 2009 will be a banner year.

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year!

The Foodea.com Team
www.foodea.com

December 19, 2008 | By | Reply More

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo Wrap Up

This past weekend, Foodea.com had a booth at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. Having our own booth there was an amazing experience, as it was our first public showing of Foodea.com. We also had a chance to sample some great food and wine from our fellow exhibitors!

Check out some of the shots of our booth:

As you can see, we had a big honkin TV (courtesy of Camera Department)!

We showed two clips:

This was a montage of different cooking segments that foodea users have uploaded. *No audio.

This video was an overall tour of the site. *No audio.

People really seemed impressed by the site and it has been reflected in our rising hits. Another factor in our hit counts going up is the fact that, during the show, we opened up the site to the public! No more pesky invitation codes or signing in to take a look around.

We met some very cool people at the show, here are some shots of their booths.

Share a Glass was our neighbor. They are a wine entertainment company that create events for wine tastings and educate people about wine.
http://www.shareaglass.com/

The Perfect Steak Company is all about giving you the perfect steak. From prime cuts to awesome sauces, the Perfect Steak company has you covered.
http://www.theperfectsteak.com

Cheese Of Canada is home to cheese expert and personality Gurth Pretty. Gurth is an awesome guy who is very passionate about not only cheese, but also foods and cuisines that are uniquely Canadian http://www.cheeseofcanada.ca

August’s Harvest is a Canadian company that creates several products, including a line of spreads made from Saskatoon berries. Similar to Blueberries but much tastier and sweeter. Pictured here is Eli Ham who co-runs the company and is an all around cool guy.
http://www.augustsharvest.com

Live Organic Food Bar is one of the first restaurants to have a profile on foodea.com. Owned and run by Jennifer Italiano, the booth was wicked and the food there is incredibly tasty, and since its vegan, very healthy.
http://www.livefoodbar.com

November 28, 2008 | By | Reply More

Looking for Drupal/PHP developers!

Foodea.com is looking for experienced Drupal/PHP developers. Successful candidates will be required to maintain and develop our site and will be working directly with our team.

This is a great opportunity to join a rapidly-growing company and to help develop a growing social networking platform.

As a Drupal/PHP Developer you are

A team player who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment
A pioneer who enjoys coding
Proactive and result-oriented
Equipped with excellent interpersonal skills

Specific Responsibilities

Site maintenance
Site Feature Development
Custom Module Development
Report writing for project descriptions

Requirements

Must Have (Required)

Experience developing with Drupal/PHP
Exceptional communications skills, verbal and written
Experience building websites with Drupal (writing custom modules and theming)
Experience working with SQL and MySQL
Experience working with CSS, Javascript, and Ajax
Strong knowledge of OOP design and principles
Experience developing cross-platform and cross-browser sites Experience in a Linux environment, Subversion/CVS source control
Excellent spoken and written communication skills

Nice To Have (Optional)

Experience with mobile application development (Java and iPhone SDK)
Experience with Flash and Online Video Technologies
Experience with Amazon AWS Services
Experience with SEO techniques and knowledge of search engine marketing, analytics and reporting Interest in the fields of local search, social networking, blogging and related technologies, recommendation systems, and data mining Experience with layout, and design abilities

How To Apply

If you are interested in the position, please email your resume including sample links to your work:

jobs AT foodea DOT com

Must be located in the GTA (Toronto, Canada).

September 25, 2008 | By | Reply More

From The Ground Up: Urban Agriculture

Last week the guys and I attended a lecture presented by the Gardiner Museum, From the Ground Up: Nurturing the Art of Sustainability. Urban agriculture was a topic that I had never considered before. The idea is centered on integration with the local ecosystem meaning that farming is made possible by urban residents as labourers, use of typical urban resources (like organic waste as compost and urban wastewater for irrigation), direct links with urban consumers making it an increasingly important endeavor by urbanites as our world continues to change.

Urban Agriculture potentially has the power to sustain the basic living necessities of people living in urban areas. With only a small roof-top micro farm or window garden, a family of four could feasibly grow essential crops like grains, roots, vegetables, mushrooms and select fruits based on climate or garden sophistication. The importance of urban farms can be highlighted by the fact that nearly 80% of North Americans live in large urban areas. The demands on people from rural towns and farms has created a strain on the amount of people who farm, according to keynote speaker Michael Ableman. He believes it’s time that we all get back to the soil.

Mr. Ableman suggested some interesting ideas about how to make urban agriculture a part of modern living; high school children should take a class in agriculture before being allowed to graduate; new building developments be mandated to set aside “farmable” land where the need of that population could be sustained; turning all private lands into functioning urban gardens; and home owners being taxed 1% on the purchase price of a home in order to fund large urban gardens.

It was an informative talk, and it will be interesting to see if any of Mr. Ableman’s suggestions gain steam in the near future.

September 24, 2008 | By | Reply More