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02/26
2015
Game News    

Crowdfunding was a success! What’s next?

112 supporters, 10729€ raised!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help and support. We deeply appreciate your trust in us!

Thanks to you, we will now be able to finish producing the 4th episode “Bitter Chocolate” and progress in the production of the 5th episode “Threat on Champagne”.

We hope you’ll like them.

Regarding the rewards, we’ll send them to you as soon as they’re ready.

Thanks again and see you soon for some new adventures!


The whole XIWEN games team and all the Gourmet Quest characters :)


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01/16
2015
Game News    

Crowdfunding campaign: Here come the challenges!

Here at XIWEN games, we love challenges.
Which is why GOURMET QUEST quiz mode is named Challenge…

So we challenge you to challenge us!

For each tier, we will take the following challenges,
if (there is always an if):
you help us reach each tier in 4 days.

Impossible? We believe it is.
Because you are wonderful, everything is possible. :)
 
If we reach the tier 1 (50%) before Tuesday 20th January,
The team will work with a chef’s hat on.

If we reach the tier 2 (60%) before Saturday 24th January,
We’ll offer homemade popcorn to everyone who work on the same floor as us.

If we reach the tier 3 (70%) before Wednesday 28th January,
We’ll taste many different kind of peppers.

If we reach the tier 4 (80%) before Sunday 1st February,
We’ll sing a song of thanks we’ll write especially for the occasion, a cappella.

If we reach the tier 5 (90%) before Thursday 5th February,
We’ll try an unusual (very unusual) restaurant.

If we reach the tier 6 (100%) before Sunday 9th February,
We’ll ask you to suggest challenges, and we’ll take the best one!
 
For each challenge, we will of course publish (unforgettable) proofs…

Then there will be a few days left before the campaign ends. Just enough time to double, triple, or even increase the goal tenfold!

So use your keyboards, phones, carrier pigeons…
And pass the message ;)
THANKS

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01/08
2015
We are Charlie    

#IAmCharlie

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01/07
2015
Game News    

Crowdfunding campaign on Ulule

You liked the first episodes of GOURMET QUEST, Season 1: France?

To continue the adventure, we need you!




A week ago, we launched a crondfunding campaign

to be able to produce the following episodes of our game.

Thanks to you, we reached nearly 35% of our goal now...

A big THANK YOU

for your precious help!
 
The whole Gourmet Quest team

Please donate here (starting from 5€): http://www.ulule.com/gourmet-quest/ and share the info! Thanks :)


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01/01
2015
You've got a new message...    

Happy New Year!

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12/25
2014
You've got a message...    

Merry Christmas !

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12/18
2014
Game News    

Gourmet Quest available on App Store!



Woohoo!!! Gourmet Quest is (finally) available on iOs!

Be crazy!
And start the game on Facebook,
Continue on your Android tablet,
and finish it on your iPhone!

Or...

Start on your iPad,
continue on Facebook
and finish the game on your Android smartphone!

Or...

WELL,
you got it.

Play in every possible way
with any device,
Gourmet Quest will please EVERYONE!

Reminder: the app is FREE, so are the Challenge mode (quiz) and the 1st episode ;)

ENJOY

Crunch the adventure on App Store!
On Google Play!
On Facebook!

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11/24
2014
Sam's Agenda    

Thursday, November 27th 2014: American Thanksgiving!

A Brief History of [American] Thanksgiving
Canadians also have their own Thanksgiving (the second Monday of October) and their story is not the same as Americans’

In September 1620, a group of religious separatists seeking a place where they could freely practice their religion boarded the Mayflower and left England, intrigued by the New World. They sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in present-day Massachusetts months later, where they established their village at Plymouth.

After a brutal winter, the settlers (whom we now call “Pilgrims”) were greeted by English-speaking Native Americans, Samoset and Squanto, who taught the Pilgrims how to survive in their new environment: cultivate corn, fertilize fields, catch fish, and avoid poisonous plants. They also helped the Pilgrims form an alliance with the local Wampanoag tribe.

In November 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first successful corn harvest by organizing a feast and inviting their Native American allies – the first Thanksgiving. This feast lasted for three days. The tradition continued afterwards and Thanksgiving was eventually proclaimed a national holiday in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln and was set as the fourth Thursday in November by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. Nowadays, the President pardons a turkey each year!

Modern-day celebration

The meaning of “Thanksgiving” is exactly what it sounds like… a day to give thanks! Despite its original purpose of giving thanks for the blessing of a harvest, it’s generally a secular holiday centered on sharing a grand meal with family and friends. In larger cities, you’ll find parades with floats and marching bands (NYC’s is televised!) and food drives as well.

This is a popular time for food drives: people donate all sorts of food so that on Thanksgiving, shelters can provide a meal for those less fortunate. Usually there are plenty of volunteers during this time too!

Although it is unclear what the exact menu consisted of at the first Thanksgiving, today’s celebrations traditionally include: roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole (or some sort of vegetable), pumpkin or pecan pie… the list goes on and on. It is definitely a holiday for the taste buds!
 
Happy Turkey Day! :)
 


By the way, I couldn’t find a good resource that explained why exactly we eat a turkey… It could be because it is big enough to feed a lot of people, also turkeys themselves don’t serve a purpose like cows or chickens...

The New York Times published an article with a basic Thanksgiving menu (some twists added as well). It's worth the look!

And for those in France who would like to celebrate the turkey, there are some Thanksgiving parties in Paris:
 
American Dream
Auberge Flora
Bistrot Saint-Martin
Breakfast in America
Coffee Parisien
Hard Rock Café
Harry's Bar
Joe Allen
Restaurant La Fayette
Ralph's

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11/09
2014
GAME NEWS    

Gourmet Paris Games Week

Many of you came to the tasting at the Paris Games Week.

THANK YOU!



These moments were delicious... Thank you for your warm welcoming and support.

See you very soon for some fun and foodie moments :)


You can find the pictures taken during the festival here on Facebook.

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10/23
2014
Game News     

From Oct 29 to Nov 2: Join Gourmet Quest at the Paris Games Week!

- I can’t wait to be worn!


- Well I can’t wait to be handed out…




Ready for the Paris Games Week?


Our t-shirts, our flyers and us, we’re definitely ready!

Let’s meet from October 29 to November 2 at the Made in France area!

You won’t be able to miss us for sure… But this is a surprise ;)

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10/17
2014
Game News    

Gourmet Quest available on Google Play & Facebook!


Those who follow us closely already know… For the others: you can now join the adventure from your Android device and the Facebook App Center!

A reminder: the app is FREE and the 1st episode is OFFERED FOR FREE! :)

So treat your taste buds and tell everyone you know!

Crunch the adventure NOW on Google Play!

Crunch the adventure NOW on Facebook!


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10/04
2014
Sam’s Agenda    

From October 8 to 12 2014: 81st edition of The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

It was back in 1934 when the first edition of the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival was held, with the patronage of Fernandel and Mistinguett, two legendary French artists. In a few days, we’ll be witnessing its 81st edition. 
But Jean Le Bon, patron of the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival in Gourmet Quest has disappeared! And if the Great Academy of Gastronomy (G.A.G) can’t find him in time, nobody will be able to attend…
You don’t live in Gourmet Quest ? You will very soon. :)

This year, the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival focuses on poetry, a trademark of the 18th district of Paris. From the poets who lived in Montmartre, Verlaine, Prévert, Boris Vian, Nougaro..., to the new kinds of poets who kiss the walls with their graffiti, to the painters, draftsmen, and songwriters: the entire landscape of Montmartre and the district is celebrated. 
With more than 40 places participating, a Grand Choir of 700 schoolchildren, a Grand Parade of 1,300 people, more than 1,000 collector’s bottles of the Clos Montmartre first rosé, special vintage of the Poets… It will be a great festival full of emotions!

For those of you who can’t make it and for those who are willing to continue the celebration, no worries: you will be able to participate to the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival in Gourmet Quest, straight from your smartphones and tablets. Yes, as soon as October 29!
Let’s head straight to the Montmartre Vineyards in the first free episode of Gourmet Quest, to find Jean Le Bon and celebrate the end of the harvests!
Stay tuned, I will soon announce the release of the game. Until then, here is a photo of me attending the last year’s festival. :)



About the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival (French): http://www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com/

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09/19
2014
Sam's Agenda    

26, 27 & 28 September 2014: 4th Edition of "La Fête de la Gastronomie"

One week after the Heritage Days, the "Fête de la Gastronomie" (Festival of Gastronomy) emphasizes a major intangible heritage: our gastronomical meal, recognized by UNESCO as a heritage of humanity. 

This festival is a must-attend rendez-vous between the professionals of gastronomy and us, forever foodies and foodistas… An occasion to enjoy (again) thanks to the 8000 events organized in France, and elsewhere! Yes yes, if you are in Belgium, Italy, India, Japan, Latin America, North America, or South Africa… you can join the 150 events organized just for you, gastronomy lovers :)

This year’s theme "A passion for savoir-faire" draw the attention on transmitting traditions and honours our regions and artisans. The patron is none other than Guillaume Gomez, awarded “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Worker of France) and head chef at the Elysée Palace, who took over from Thierry Marx, starred chef from Michelin and expert in molecular cuisine, both dear to our hearts…

Among the thousands of events that are organized, I particularly like a category: banquets and picnics. They represent the best what the spirit of the meal is: sharing and friendliness. And among the 37 banquets organized, I have two crushes, you’ll soon understand why.
My first is "Le dîner gastroludique" which could be translated as “The Gastronofun Diner”. It is organized by “On ne joue pas à table” (We don’t play while eating) at the “Restaurant du marché” in Paris. The game joins the meal and the most basic rules are turned upside down. Fair winds to the rules! At least for a diner… You’ll see, it’s surprising and it feels good.
My second is "Le challenge culinaire, marché de producteurs locaux et dégustation" (The culinary challenge, market of local producers and tasting), organized by "La Ruche qui dit oui” at Saint-Jean-de-Monts in Vendée (western France). It is a participative market-banquet where everyone brings a starter, a dish, or a dessert. A great shared meal that ends with my favourite moment: a jury of children who vote for the best menu!
You understood, food + games fulfil me :)

Because every party has a "before” and because no foodie can wait, the chef Alain Ducasse invites us all starting the 22nd of September to the restaurant with the event “Tous au restaurant” organized since 2009. One meal bought, one offered, simply by making a reservation on the event website. Whether it is haute gastronomy, bistro, or regional, every type of restaurant is represented by the 1,500 restaurants participating in France.

Last but not least, do not miss the chefs’ recipes created especially for the occasion, available for free HERE. Sorry to say that the recipes are in French, but choose your favourite one and I will translate it for you!

More on:
La Fête de la gastronomie
- The event "Tous au restaurant"
- The "Gastrofun Diner"
- The "Culinary Challenge, market of local producers and tasting"



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09/07
2014
Sam’s agenda    

20 & 21th September 2014: 31th edition of the European Heritage Days

This year’s theme "Cultural Heritage, Natural Heritage" focuses on the link between heritage and environment, from historical monuments to protected areas, including natural sites that are a part of our heritage. 
Practices such as urban agriculture are the heart of the subject, and horticulture in Montreuil (Parisian region) is included. Between the 16th and 19th century, "walls for peaches" shaped the town. In 1825, 600 km of walls and a harvest of 15 million peaches were the result of the success of that production. The Tsar, the Queen of England, Louis XIV… the biggest names wanted these "deluxe" peaches and their horticulturists. However the arrival of the railway and the peaches of Provence (South of France) signed the end of this era. Today only 36ha of enclosure are left, and since 2003, only 8,5ha are protected by the Ministry of Environment…

I suggest you visit this exceptional heritage, it’s really worth the trip !

Here are some info: The European Heritage Days

And some articles in English about the « Wall for peaches »: "Les Murs à pêches" association

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08/29
2014
Sam's taking the challenge...    

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I love games, I love challenges, and I love it when they are used for serious causes. As I told you last time, I’m taking the Ice Bucket Challenge today.

To make a long story short, a challenge between some professional athletes began this summer. "Throw a bucket of ice and water on yourself or donate to the charity of your choice". The participation of Pete Frates, a former baseball player who suffers from ALS, turned this challenge into a way of raising awareness for this disease. It’s a real buzz, so I won’t tell you more. I’ll just remind you the rules: "take the challenge or donate". Or, even better if you can, do both :)

Now it’s the time for the action…

Oh, I was about to forget… I nominate: Claude Jeannelin, president of the Great Academy of Gastronomy (GAG), Colin Monnier, president of Montmartre wine brotherhood, and Jack Cassidy, head of the American consular post in Bordeaux.

Let’s do it!


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07/08
2014
Ready Steady Cook!    

Launch of PACK 1: START OF COOKING

We are VERY HAPPY to announce the launch of GOURMET QUEST PACK 1!

As a reminder, the first 3 episodes of the game are available:
- Episode 1: The Vineyards of Montmartre (Paris)
- Episode 2: Thomas Jefferson's wine cellar book (Bordeaux and its region)
- Episode 3: The Three Musketeers of taste (Toulouse and its region)

Episodes 1 and 2 are already available and ready to be consumed. The 3rd episode is in pre-order, which means you will have to wait for it to mature before playing.

Read our presentation for more details on this unexampled gastronomical adventure!

For the most impatient ones, watch the trailer below.

Trailer EN

Lastly, a BIG THANK YOU to our friends beta testers, our friends contributors and just our friends, our families and everlasting fans... without whom the last improvements would have been difficult to make. And I'm not even talking about the incredible energy you have given us!

Enough talking, it is now time to savor GOURMET QUEST. Bon appétit!

Deliciously yours,
Sam and the whole team

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