If you slide past the adjective “ardent” in the Wiki definition of foodie (covered in Eat, Drink & Be Happy” post #1 Foodies defined), you might think foodies are a broad category that includes about anybody. After all, even folks who “eat to live” like my ma was fond of saying have an interest in food.
The yin to these yang folks are people like me who have an ardent interest in food. Ardent folks are passionate, enthusiastic, oft times bordering on obsessed. We live to eat.
And like the Cambridge Dictionary definition of foodie, we not only love to eat food, but are “very interested in different types of food.” Synonyms that Cambridge notes are “epicurean and gourmet.”
I loved food and wine pairing so much in my gastronomy course, at some point, I may add a WSET Wine Certification to my learning program. There is also the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest international gastronomic society.
I love exploring online and groceries for interesting foods–both pantry and fresh. For years I looked for the Frieda’s Inc. label for new fruits or vegetables to try (dragon fruit is trending, btw). These days, I will more often than not settle for familiar produce, like a good apple or tomato with a focus on quality and supporting local food. The other day, the online farmer’s market, Market Wagon turned up in my Facebook feed, so I put in a trial order. I’ll let you know what I think.
To many folks, this type of foodie is equated with “food snob.” So while I created Chicago Southland foodies to bring ardent food lovers together, I want the community to be broader and more inclusive than gourmands or epicureans.
What kind of foodie are you? I think this topic would make for a lively Chicago Southland Foodies taste and learn event. In the meanwhile, here’s a fun and short 5-question quiz over on Spoon University