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Net Cafe: Food Online (1998)

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Food Online (1998)

The food industry is enormous in the USA, and the Web has been a great outlet for those interested in everything from ordering meals, sharing recipes and chatting with fellow gourmands. We take a look at some interesting food related sites including Global Gourmet, WineToday, Cybermeals, and 2nd Harvest. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #250.

Keywords: Episodes: 1998; food; cooking; 250

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Global Gourmet

Kate Heyhoe's Gourmet Guide launched in 1994 as the first food and cooking "magazine" on the Web recently merged with several other sites (WineDay and NetFood Digest) to become The Global Gourmet.

A variety of subjects and writers makes this a rich and useful collection of information about food and cooking. Recipes, games, messages boards and information about cooks, cookbooks and TV cooking shows makes this a great one-stop cooking resource.

A co-production between a Santa Rosa wine news site ( and Napa Valley vineyard (Silverado) Harvest Watch used a mixture of pre-made videos, live-cams and text updates to follow the â98 grape harvest, becoming both a real-time educational demonstration of what actually happens in a classic Californian winery and a record of a yearâs harvest.


Cybermeals was founded in 1996 and currently is available in major markets nationwide. The service allows Internet users to locate restaurants in their own neighborhoods and order meals online as far as three months in advance.

Merry's Kitchen of Indonesian Cuisine

Merry is of Indonesian extraction. She is a keen Indonesian cook and decided to share her love, and knowledge of that cuisine online. Her site now contains over 150 of her favorite authentic Indonesian recipes she has created, or existing ones she has adjusted to make them better.

Her online kitchen is organized for easy use and includes areas on history, equipment and methods that are particularly useful to the novice Indonesian cook. She's aware that many people can't get authentic Indonesian ingredients easily and so a lot of her recipes offer alternatives that are obtainable outside Indonesia.

Second Harvest

Now they are using the Web to help them in their mission. Their Web site contains extensive information about what Second Harvest does, but it also allows you to make monetary contributions directly to Second Harvest or local food banks.

They are also asking people to be virtual volunteers by offering links from their sites to the Second Harvest site and using the Web to alert people when disasters hit and mobilize them to help.

Documentary Description

Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stewart's Bio

Stewart Cheifet has been called “the original TV techie” and “the dean of television computer journalists”. He pioneered the field over twenty years ago when he created and launched the award winning public television series “Computer Chronicles”.

He served as host and managing editor of “Computer Chronicles”. He also anchored another public television series devoted to the people, culture and business of the Internet, called “Net Café”. Both series were broadcast nationally and throughout the world in over 100 countries.

Stewart has been a guest commentator on technology for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and he hosted a weekly web-radio talk show called “Talking about this Week”, produced by in association with He also wrote and anchored a syndicated radio series about the Internet, “CyberTraffic Report”.

He has been a commentator, anchor, and emcee at many major technology events including Comdex TV News, the Computer Museum’s Computer Bowl, Discover Magazine’s Technology Awards, Upside’s Showcase, Upside’s Digital Living Room, Windows Magazine’s Win-100 Awards, and the Codie Awards for the Software Publishers Association and the Software Information Industry Association.

He frequently appears as a moderator and speaker at corporate events in the technology field, having worked with such companies as Acer, AutoDesk, Bay Networks, Boeing, Cable & Wireless, Commerce One, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, NetSuite, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sybase, and others.

Stewart was formerly a correspondent for the PBS “Nightly Business Report” covering high-tech in the Silicon Valley and the Pacific Rim. He has worked in various capacities for ABC News and CBS News in major locations around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. He served as President of PCTV, a company focused on media and technology and was also CEO of WITF, a diversified broadcasting and media company. He was also a Director at the Internet Archive, responsible for all audio and video content.

He has won numerous awards for his broadcast journalism work, including twelve awards from the Computer Press Association (CPA) and the CPA award for Best Individual Technology Television Program of the year. He was named by AdWeek magazine as one of the five most influential broadcast journalists in the field of technology.

Stewart wrote the foreword for the recently released book “Tech Trending”, published by John Wiley & Sons. Has also written for publications such as Windows Magazine, PC Magazine, Silicon Valley Magazine, Apprise Magazine, and Digital Video Magazine.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in mathematics and psychology. He also holds a doctorate in law from Harvard University and he was a Benton Fellow in technology journalism at the University of Chicago.



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