I have been asked again through ReviewMe to have a look at another new website. This time I am a little uncertain as to why I was picked as the site is not primarily a beer related site but these fees go for the bestest purpose of all, keeping the stash going, so let's have a look.
The plan for the Chefs.com's recipes section is that it will be a sort of all-in-one site for blogs, forums, podcasts and other forms of participatory connections related to food. Their goal is a very broad one according to the "About Us" section:
Chefs.com is a passionate online community that shares it thoughts and recipes about food and its social connections. It engages its visitors with helpful and entertaining recipes and information about food as it relates to cultural heritage, history, celebrations, and get-togethers.So how does it work for beer? Beer is food, is social and has a deep wealth of history. So let's see what happens when you plunk the world's favorite four letter word in the search engine. You get 37 results that range from recipes with beer in their title, to beer as an ingredient as well as recipes which have another beer connection - like something called Shrimp Poppie was a favorite of someone's grandfather who "was a very colorful and fun loving, beer drinking Cajun from Louisiana." So you do have a chance to find something to go with what you have in the beer fridge but, and only for now perhaps, you have 37 things. Just as with my "Beer and Food" category, as more beer related content gets added by user at Chefs.com, this will improve.
The layout of the site is very simple, having a clearly located search tool up top below which you find tabs with the major sections. A content tree is to the left that opens up to show categories and sub-categories of posted recipes. All pretty plain and common sense and should help encourage activity. A site like this is driven by the amount of content that gets placed upon it. Could turn out to be a very busy community.
For another view on this site and especially on how the site is structured, have a look at the review over at Hail the Ale!