Today marks the announcement of one of the most exciting BFS projects to this date: The launch of the BFS Food Fanatics premium membership club on Patreon where you can support my work. This membership project was conceived to guarantee both the continued existence of Berlin Food Stories as well as the development of the service into something that’s even better than it is today.
“The launch of the BFS Food Fanatics premium membership club on Patreon”
Berlin Food Stories started as a hobby in 2012 and became a full time experiment in 2016. The clear objective of the project has from day one been to offer the very best, most knowledgeable and independent source on where to eat in Berlin. No politics, no compromises and no blogger bullshit. However, like everything, BFS needs to grow up and this first and foremost applies to financial feasibility.
Last year showed that the profitability of BFS is way too dependent on projects that interfere with the main objective of the site (brand collaborations, speaker engagements, food tours etc.), and I was faced by the inevitable choice: Do I put this project on ice to focus on a REAL JOB (whatever that means), or do I figure out how I can can make this whole thing work finally monetizing the main mission of Berlin Food Stories: Finding great f-n restaurants. After testing a couple of options over the last month, I finally stumbled upon a great service where fans can support my work by joining a monthly BFS membership and in return get tons of cool benefits. Welcome to the club of the BFS Food Fanatics on Patreon!
Patreon is service where fans like you can support creators like myself. Important to point out is indeed that nothing of the old BFS offering will change. In fact, if enough supporters join on Patreon, the free version of BFS will become a lot better as a side effect. Joining a premium BFS Food Fanatic membership on Patreon, however, will get you access to loads of cool benefits, such as early and exclusive access to all content, an invite to the legendary BFS Food Fanatics Discord forum where food nerds like myself hang out and discuss everything food to exclusive access to monthly, invite-only food events at Berlin’s best restaurants hosted by Per himself.
So if you appreciate my work on Berlin Food Stories, please take some spare change and sign up for one of the memberships on Patreon. I would be most grateful to welcome you to the inner circle of food people in Berlin!
MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT BFS:
Use the BerlinFoodStories.com website when in Berlin and recommend it to others
There are often a lot of misconceptions about Berlin Food Stories when it comes to both who’s behind it and how the whole project functions. Allow me therefore to clarify a few things.
BFS FACTS PACK:
I’m the only full-time person behind Berlin Food Stories. Besides me, there is the extraordinary Sarah who takes some operational workload off my back and generally acts as my second brain. Sonni helps me with photo and video shoots as well as web photo post-production (and a lot of eating), and then there are a couple of great people who run food tours in my name (like the amazing Liv).
All BFS content is produced by myself be it photography, videography or written texts. The same applies to my Instagram.
The Berlin food recommendations on BFS are as independent as it gets. Restaurants can not influence their visibility on the site or the social media platforms. They can’t buy listings, ads, blog articles or Instagram posts. I have a policy of not accepting invitations from restaurants that I haven’t visited before, of paying for my own meals, and visiting restaurants anonymously by booking in false names. I also don’t go to opening parties or restaurant blogger events. Sometimes, circumstances lead to exceptions to these policies but they are rare and in those cases I try to be transparent about it. The only way restaurants can pay me is by buying ads for open job positions
The process behind picture and text content on Berlin Food Stories is as follows: First I hear or read about a restaurant, then I put it on a list and a map. After that I will visit the restaurant whenever I get the chance. When I do visit and find the experience interesting, I’ll post something on Instagram. If it’s exceptionally interesting, I’ll return for a second meal. And then, if I really love it I’ll contact the restaurant, ask for an interview and a photo shoot and then I’ll write an article on BerlinFoodStories.com.