Foodie networks keep the culinary scene vibrant and add some creativeness to the milieu by taking food out of the restaurant and bringing people together on a regular basis. If you are looking to explore new pairings and flavors while meeting like-minded foodies, get a head start with these foodie pop-up events.
Yeme İçme İşleri
Founded by four foodies, Alican and Yiğit Akdemir Thomas Fellows, and Enis Güven, Yeme İçme İşleri (Food and Drink Works) is holding themed food and drink pairing events in many locations around the city, highlighting complementary pairs like pecans with a stout beer. Follow their Instagram or website to hear about their next event. instagram.com/yemeicmeisleri; yemeicmeisleri.com
“Every dinner has a story,” say those behind Wondercats Pop-Up. A mysterious dining experience, this popup takes place at locations that are disclosed 24 hours before the event. Chefs Sinan Budeyri and Emirhan Paralı prepare five- or six-course menus that go with themed events—their latest theme was “a night at the museum” and took place at the Istanbul Toy Museum. Follow their Instagram closely, as seating for these events is limited and tickets tend to sell out in minutes. instagram.com/wondercats.popup
As you can understand from its name, Drinknbite focuses on food and drink pairings at various locations around town such as Suvla Kanyon and the International Wine & Spirits Academy (IWSA). Wines from Thrace and Anatolia nd their best matches from world cuisines such as ceviche from as far afield as Latin America. Keep checking @drinknbite on Instagram for the next event. instagram.com/drinknbite
The brainchild of Boğaziçi University student Gamze Büyükgüzel, The Communeaty is a foodie network bringing together fine dining aficionados who want to meet new people and share their passion. If you want to be a part of this network, sign up for the next event on their website. instagram.com/thecommuneaty; thecommuneaty.com
Think of Eataway as the Airbnb of dining. You can either become a host and showcase your cooking or join a local cook’s table to experience their home-cooked food. Eataway has a list of cities around the globe that have this network from the US to Germany. If you are traveling soon and want to taste what the locals eat, take a look at their website. eataway.com