Foodies Defined

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Hi, I’m Gayle. Founder of Chicago Southland Foodies. Upon seeing that last bit, maybe you’re thinking “Why she have to go there?”

Foodie. Not only that, but one who leans “bougie.” Like, really?

Surely, “bougie” hasn’t always had positive associations. Especially, when I was growing up. Same as nerd or blerd (a.k. a. black nerd which I also self-identify with). So trust me, it’s with more than a little trepidation that I use all those adjectives to give you a good sense of what this community is about.

Many folks find the word foodie downright cringe-worthy (if not, yesterday’s news). Like chefs. Well, so says an economics wonk in this 2016 Washington Post article: Stop calling yourself a foodie.

So feel free to substitute the noun of your choice:
food lover, food enthusiast, gourmand, gastronome, connoisseur, passionate eater, food nerd.

Image Credit: Glutto not only has interesting articles but apparently is a food technology company too.

While foodie sometimes gives me pause too, I identify with it and use it because foodie fits:

A foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not only out of hunger but also as a hobby. The terms “gastronome” and “gourmet” define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure.


Foodies is fun to say. And admittedly, I have a thing for words that end with the long vowel e sound.

My daughter is named Cory.
My last dog was Cody.
My current dog is Hailey.
And when we were kids, my siblings used to call me Gay-LEE.
On occasion my significant other will answer to Day-VEE.

But not food-DEE. He’s one of those folks who abhors that word. He just eats.

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