The original electronic Gourmet Guide (aka eGG) launched in 1994 as the first food and cooking "magazine" on the World Wide Web (the original domain was sold in 1997). It became FoodWine.com, then the Global Gourmet in 1996 in partnership with America Online's International Channel.
In 1998, we took the concept of Executive Editor Kate Heyhoe's popular Global Gourmet Today column and applied it across the site. In effect, Global Gourmet Today, WineDay (titled On Wine), NetFood Digest and the monthly electronic Gourmet Guide became simply the Global Gourmet. In 2016, we reverted back to the foodwine.com domain name.
A few older areas have been discontinued, but we have tried to keep archives of most of our previous content available from 1996 onward.
From 1995 through 2002 we also maintained two separate food sites on America Online at keywords eGG and GG. In 1999 we also launched the Cooking with Kids site to promote Kate's book of the same name. In 2008, we launched the New Green Basics site to promote Kate Heyhoe's eighth book, Cooking Green.
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While working in the film industry in Hollywood, Californa, Kate Heyhoe began creating recipes for a cookbook that was tentatively titled the Global Gourmet Cookbook, based on her experiences living in Italy and traveling around the world. Originally planned as a printed cookbook, then a CD, by 1994 it became the backbone of a new website created by her partner, Thomas Way.
Starting out as the electronic Gourmet Guide in 1994, the eGG was the first magazine-style food site on the World Wide Web. In 1995, it moved to the foodwine,com domain. Featuring interviews by Kate Heyhoe with internationally-known chefs like Martin Yan, Julia Child and Marcel Desaulniers, as well as recipes and cooking columns, the eGG was also one of the first sites to sell banner ads on the web for products like Kikkoman Soy Sauce and Guiltless Gourmet Low-Fat Chips. Later the eGG acquired the foodwine.com domain name, adding columnists (now called bloggers) and features like Culinary Sleuth, Just Good Food, FoodDay, and the NetFood Directory & Digest. The eGG also launched the electronic Gourmet Guide on America Online as one of the first six partners (along with the Motley Fool, NetNoir & others) in AOL's innovative Greenhouse program, where new, unaffiliated online sites were "incubated" and nurtured into mature publications. The electronic Gourmet Guide (keyword: eGG) was part of the Food section of AOL's Lifestyles Channel, along with Epicurious, Woman's Day, the Wine Spectator and other high-profile food and beverage sites, until AOL merged with Time-Warner.
In 1996, the eGG, Inc. launched globalgourmet.com on the web and the Global Gourmet site on AOL's fast-growing International Channel (keyword: GG), focusing on Kate Heyhoe's desire to blend more ethnic and international influences into everyday American cooking.
In 1997, Kate Heyhoe changed the name of her daily blog, FoodDay, to Global Gourmet Today, which immediately became one of the most popular destinations at foodwine.com. By 1998, some of our writers included experts like Anthony Dias Blue (wine) and Alice Medrich (chocolate). In September 1998, Global Gourmet Today went weekly as Kate's Global Kitchen, and foodwine.com and globalgourmet.com joined together under the Global Gourmet brand name. In 2000, The Global Gourmet team parted ways with America Online to focus on our website. Our archives on AOL were decommissioned in 2002. In 2004, the electronic Gourmet Guide, Inc. became part of Forkmedia LLC and our main offices moved from Southern California to the Austin, Texas area. In 2005, Kate's Global Kitchen became a monthly blog. The site temporarily stopped publishing content beginning in 2011. In 2016 the Global Gourmet reverted to the FoodWine.com domain.
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