Hi, I’m Gayle. Founder of Chicago Southland Foodies. Upon seeing that last bit, maybe you’re thinking “Why she have to go there?”
Sure, I get it. Many folks find the word foodie downright cringeworthy (if not, yesterday’s news). Like chefs. Well, so says an economics wonk in this 2016 Washington Post article: Stop calling yourself a foodie.
You may be one of those people.
So feel free to substitute the noun of your choice:
food lover, food enthusiast, gourmand, gastronome, connoisseur, passionate eater, food nerd.
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.[Wikipedia]
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.