"Thank you, Serious Eats community."

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A few years ago I had a dream. About creating an online clubhouse for food, a place that serious eaters could come to share their food enthusiasms. A place serious eaters could come to find out what's going in the world of food and drink, find a recipe, look at a cool food video, get restaurant advice, and, best of all, chew the fat with like-minded folks. Two years ago today, on December 4, 2006, that dream, Serious Eats, became a reality.

Now that we're 2, we're pretty precocious. We're doing a lot more than walking and talking. We've become home base for millions of passionate, discerning, and inclusive food lovers all over the world. Wow, who would have thunk it?

Thank you, Serious Eats community. You are the mostly merry band of serious eaters who make the site feel so alive whenever anyone logs on. You make me laugh, you make me smarter, and you make me so proud to have played a small part in creating the greatest food lovers' community in the world.

My dream has become a vibrant reality with the the help of a savvy and forward-thinking group of advertisers and sponsors who have believed in my dream and joined in the conversation from the outset; a few supportive and visionary investors; the insanely hardworking SE crew at SE world headquarters, Alaina Browne, Adam Kuban, Robyn Lee, Raphael Brion, and Erin Zimmer; all the contributing food-blogger journalists from all over the world who welcomed us with open arms and who help make the site a daily required destination for serious eaters; and finally, a ridiculously talented bunch of quick-study interns. You have all grown with us, and I'll tell you we're just getting started.

Serious Eats is only 2, but in web years, by my calculation, that's an eternity. I look forward to growing older and wiser with the entire Serious Eats community. Keep on logging on, reading, eating seriously, cooking, watching, conversing, and laughing. That's what I'll be doing for the next 20 years, and I hope all of you will come along for what promises to be a wonderfully fulfilling ride.

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