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20 November 2008

"Free, online, nationwide restaurant rating and review site" for food allergies

I just received an email from Caroline of BROFFA.org (Brookline Families with Food Allergies) about an exciting new website, myigea.com. With Caroline's permission, I am pasting the email here for you to read. Check it out!

Dear all,

I hope this message finds you doing well. I am writing to you because of a new website we are launching to help people with food allergies. In a nutshell, we are creating a free, online, nationwide restaurant rating and review site. The site is very similar to Zagat's in concept, and you can think about it as Zagat's for food allergies. The alpha version of the website is at http://www.myigea.com

I am writing to ask for your help very early in the life of our company.  In order to make this a success, we need people to build this rating system from the ground up around the country. We are reaching out to food allergy groups all around the country, and in fact this is the first of those emails, going out to groups in Massachusetts, California and Washington DC.

As we improve our site with your help, we will continue our roll-out plan to the rest of the country.

What are are asking for:
€    Helping spread the word to your fellow food-allergy friends
€   Joining and posting as many reviews as possible (both good and bad) and getting your friends and colleagues to do the same

We ask for your patience as we build this site.  There will be times when the site does not work and when links are broken. We are involving you at the earliest stages of our company and many improvements will be made with your input over the coming weeks and months.  I strongly believe we can make this a success and in the process organize and rate the restaurant world for people with food allergies.  You have the knowledge to help each other.  This site becomes powerful when a lot of reviews have been posted. When you or your friends travel, this site will help you find good dining options in whatever city you find yourself in.  As this site grows stronger, I believe restaurants will respond to the growing demands of the food allergy population and become more food allergy friendly.   

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.  We are looking forward to working with you and appreciate your help!

Jay Chyung

CEO and co-founder


Nowheymama said...

Interesting! I'll have to check it out!

Anonymous said...

Interesting idea. I checked it out and don't see the allergy rating yet. In the interim, a few months ago I've started adding food allergy comments to all of my Zagat reviews such as number of safe food options, attentiveness of staff, etc. Good luck!