foursquare Co-Founder Dennis Crowley Cracks the CHOW 13

CHOW hopes to whet readers’ appetites with the release of its second annual CHOW 13, a list of 13 people “who inspired the biggest trends over the past year” in the food world.

One interesting name on the CBS Interactive-owned food site’s list: foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley, “for making going out a competitive sport.”

Crowley’s most recent great meal, from his CHOW 13 profile:

I went to a place in the Lower East Side called The Meatball Shop that was mind-blowingly awesome. I’m a big splitty/splitty fan, so — I went with our GM — we got one pork meatball sandwich and one chicken meatball sandwich and split them down the middle. The atmosphere there was so crowded; it drives me crazy. I went down for lunch one day, and it took us about an hour.

CHOW senior editor Lessley Anderson said:

The CHOW 13 isn’t about creating a list of the hot new chefs, but looking at people whose work is hitting a nerve and becoming part of mainstream culture. We looked at this year’s biggest stories in food — cult wines, unfancy foods, competitive bar hopping — and identified the person or people who we believe help set the movement in motion. The list may include people you’ve heard of and a lot that you will hear about in the year to come.

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