Saturday, April 4, 2009

BostonChefs.Com: New Design

Are you familiar with If you want to know more about the Boston culinary scene, then you should check out this site, especially now that they have recently launched an expanded and renovated site. I use the site and find much of value there.

When originally was created, it was ahead of its time. Back in 1999, the Internet was rarely used for restaurant promotion. But BostonChefs founders Chris Botello and Chris Schiavone saw the potential of the Internet and knew that the local restaurant industry would benefit from a comprehensive website. Thus they created which is going ten years strong.

"The concept is simple: to showcase the area's finest eateries in an aesthetically pleasing format that is easy to digest. Each member is represented by an online portfolio that includes menus, mouthwatering food photography, and chef bios. In its News and Events section, has become a premier source for the scoop on everything from special promotions and wine tastings to cooking classes and charity events. Rounding out the site is the ability to make reservations online, a section of recipes from member chefs, and a handy food glossary."

The site was recently updated and expanded. I think it is now an even more useful and better designed site. I often check out the News & Events, looking for what local restaurants are up to, which special dinners and events are upcoming, and more. You can check out specific restaurants and find their menus, pictures of some dishes, information about the chef, and much more. You can also find recipes and culinary job listings. It is a dynamic site that is working to improve itself all the time.

President Paul Schiavone says: " is in an incredibly fortunate position and we're really excited about what's to come. In the short term, we'll be rolling out a variety of new features and content on our and sites; making the sites even more robust both in terms of content and functionality. In the longer term, we're looking beyond New England and hoping to bring our unique approach to covering the local dining scene to other metro markets with thriving, chef driven culinary cultures."

I recently attended a media event celebrating the tenth anniversary of as well as their new website. I was able to speak a bit with President Paul Schiavone who seemed genuinely interested in feedback concerning the site. He intently listened to comments and suggestions about the site. I felt confident that he truly cared about making the site the best that it could be.

Check out and keep updated on the cutting edge of Boston's restaurant scene.

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