Industry News and Resources

Keep up to date on the food industry with these blogs and links offering the latest information.

Food News and Reviews

National (select region)

  • ChowHound allows unbiased consumers to share honest chow opinions with their fellow consumers. On our regional message boards (e.g. San Francisco) the focus is where to find great chow in that area.
  • Urbans­poon Bay Area provides Bay Area restaurants and reviews from critics, food bloggers and friends.
  • Eater SF provides extensive coverage of the San Francisco restaurant, nightlife and bar scene. From the newest temples of haute cuisine to the oldest bars in the Bay Area, Eater SF has you covered with original reporting; user-generated tips, rants and raves; and a curated round-up of what the rest of the restaurant and food media are talking about.
  • Grub Street San Francisco provides daily local and food restaurant news from New York magazine.
  • Civil Eats promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities. Civil Eats can be humorous, serious, academic, philosophical, conversational – its style of conversation is as diverse as its 40+ contributors – but it is always thought provoking, innovative, and focused on food politics.
  • Ecocentric is the official blog for the sustainable food, water and energy programs of the GRACE Communications Foundation. It helps readers understand how the sustainability of food, water and energy are inextricably related – and all of them critical to our future.

Bay Area

  • Tasting Table is a free daily email publication that delivers the best of food and drink culture to adventurous eaters across the country.
  • 7×7 Eat + Drink is the online food section of 7×7, San Francisco’s “premier lifestyle magazine.” It’s fun, it’s informative and it’s the online destination for San Franciscans who want to keep up with their city on an as-it-happens basis.
  • Table­hop­per features primarily San Francisco restaurant reviews and some bar news too, along with industry gossip, getaway ideas, food and wine events, plus guest columns.
  • SFoodie is the food blog of SF Weekly, San Francisco’s “smartest publication.” It takes journalism seriously, but not so seriously that they let themselves be guided by an agenda.
  • SF Gate Food is the Food section of the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, the daily newspaper for the greater San Francisco area.
  • KQED Bay Area Bites is dedicated to providing a variety of food-related information from the Bay Area and beyond. BAB bloggers are culinary professionals, food writers, and cookbook editors.
  • Edi­ble San Francisco is the Bay Area’s “smartest food magazine.” Published four times a year, the magazine and its online version produce stories about your favorite chefs, farmers, ranchers, fisherman and artisan producers.
  • SF Station Restaurants is the Restaurant section of SF Station, the San Francisco Bay Area’s definitive online city guide to Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Food, Shopping, and Urban Living for 18 – 45 year old “socially active” users.
  • Mobile Cuisine is the complete online resource destination for the mobile food industry.

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Food Indus­try Links

  • The Food Insti­tute is your “best single source” for cur­rent, timely and rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion about the food industry.
  • Food Mar­ket­ing Insti­tute con­ducts pro­grams in pub­lic affairs, food safety, research, edu­ca­tion and indus­try rela­tions on behalf of its 1,500 mem­ber com­pa­nies — food retail­ers and whole­salers — in the United States and around the world.
  • Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tion of Culi­nary Pro­fes­sion­als is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community.
  • Insti­tute of Food Tech­nol­o­gists has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow. They’ve helped the members of this community connect both in person, through scientific and technical education venues and forums such as the world’s largest annual food expo, and virtually, through their publications and other resources.
  • Food Insight is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good.
  • Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.
  • National Asso­ci­a­tion for the Spe­cialty Food Trade is the preeminent trade association providing growth for your business in the vibrant specialty food industry. In addition to the top business-building programs, services and networking opportunities, you’ll find a community of over 2,700 passionate companies that benefit from the NASFT’s leadership, information and representation.
  • The Gourmet Retailer is a web­site cre­ated for retail­ers in the spe­cialty food and house­wares indus­tries. Here you will find the lat­est indus­try news, trade show dates and infor­ma­tion, links to indus­try asso­ci­a­tions, web-exclusive arti­cles, and a search­able archive of hun­dreds of arti­cles from The Gourmet Retailer print edition.
  • University of California Food Safety offers resources and contacts around co-packers, labeling and HACCP.
  • California Department of Public Health Cannery Program provides important guidelines for businesses interested in pickling or other shelf-stable packaged products.
  • What Do Small Businesses Mean to You?

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