My friend K sent me a link to Foodcult Wiki. According to the frontpage, the concept goes a little something like this:
Foodcult is an experiment in collaborating with foodies to determine where to eat, shop & cook in Melbourne, why we have particular preferences and how our interactions with food shape our identities (national, cultural, gendered, etc). Lists and criteria will be wide and varied (and editable as well as edible!) but I'm going to start with:
Generally the best
Cheapest Good Eats
Cheapest Dumplings In Melbourne
Most Interesting Service
MESP-723 Biker Brekkies
Nationally-specific restaurant reviews
[lists lots of different cuisines]
Other Food Favourites
Favourite Grocery Stores
Quick and delicious
Ye old standards
Serious labour of love
Places To Try (untested)
What Were They Thinking?!!
Don't Go There
Like everything else here, you may want to change some things on the list or add others. I have learned to relinquish control of editorial and let democracy rule! Vive la gastronomie!
The wiki is still in its infancy and I haven't had a chance to look through it properly yet, but the "Best Toilets" category raised a smile: when my sister was a little kid, she always used to judge restaurants based on how nice the toilets were, giving them a score out of 10. Even now that she's grown up, family members will still enquire "Score out of 10?" when she's returning from the loos at a restaurant... :)
There are already tons of Melbourne food blogs and groups on sites like facebook (eg "top melbourne restaurants", which I mentioned in a recent post)... so what do you think of the concept of a collaborative wiki related to Melbourne food?
ps For those who may not have heard of it yet, Ed from the widely-read blog Tomato is trying to organise a meet up dinner for Melbourne bloggers. Here's hoping they end up having it on a Tuesday instead of a Monday!