"Food is our common ground, a universal experience," the influential American chef James Beard once proclaimed, and it's a concept DishPal embraces wholeheartedly. Essentially a mobile social network for foodies, DishPal enables users to share dishes with friends and other epicureans, uploading photos and reviews from their favorite restaurants as well as their own dining room tables. The app also features dozens of descriptive image tags that let users bring additional depth and detail to their recommendations--for example, if a dish is too hot for all but the most masochistic eaters, pressing the #spicy button three times will get the point across.
But what sets DishPal apart from rival foodie applications is its emphasis on social interaction. The app plays host to 24/7 "potluck parties," virtual gatherings designed to bring together users who share preferences and tastes--consumers can also create their own potlucks around specific cuisines or holiday themes. DishPal users also can compile their own customized digital magazines spotlighting their unique dining sensibilities. Dishes, potluck parties and magazines that earn high marks from other users can even win medals. Bon app-étit!