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Like airline food? Service wings it to your door each week
Airline food, especially in economy class, has a bad reputation, although part of its tastelessness can be attributed to the desensitization of the tastebuds at 30,000 feet. Back on the ground, its full flavor can be enjoyed and we’ve even seen Arlanda Foodtrucks offer up airport food on the street. Now Germany’s Air Food One is a subscription service that lets anyone get airline meals delivered to their home once a week. READ MORE…
Food Cowboy locates nearby food banks to take unsellable produce
Every three weeks, the US throws away the same amount of unused produce that is donated to food banks in 12 months. That’s 11 months and 1 week of food that could go to charities, but ends up in landfill instead. Aiming to change this, Food Cowboy is a system that helps those in the food supply chain to find local nonprofits that can use the food they’re throwing away. READ MORE…
From China, smart chopsticks alert diners if their food is unsafe to eat
Food poisoning is never a nice experience, but those dining out at restaurants often have no way of knowing how their meal was prepared before they eat it. While devices such as Peres have offered a way for professional chefs and home cooks to see if their ingredients are safe to eat, a Chinese tech giant has now created smart chopsticks, which detect contamination in food and use a red light to indicate to diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal. READ MORE…
At upmarket SF restaurant, non-refundable meal tickets help tackle no-shows
The way diners pay for a meal has remained largely unchanged in the last few decades — customers reserve a table for free, pay for what they order and leave a tip at the end. Startups such as Cover have previously aimed to shake up this model, with automatic payments that enable guests to simply eat and leave without waiting for the bill. Now San Francisco restaurant Coi is introducing a ticketing system for its reservations, enabling diners to pay a flat fee and managers to avoid the headache of cancellations. READ MORE…
Smart surface offers up recipes based on the ingredients placed upon it
Computers are beginning to be able to process real world objects without the need for codes or tags in their own language. Innovations such as Peres have previously used chemical data analysis to quickly recognize food types and determine if they’re ok to eat. Now the Netherlands’ Studio diip has created the Vegetable Recognizer, a system that uses image recognition to detect types of vegetables and provide recipes that include those foods. READ MORE…
Restaurant teaches customers sign language to relay their order to its deaf staff
The problem with sign languages is that — although they give those with hearing difficulties a way to express themselves — non-deaf people often don’t learn it and therefore can’t understand it. While it’s not the first of its kind in the world — we’ve already written about the Atfaluna charity’s restaurant in Palestine — Canada’s Signs Restaurant is now hoping to get all of its customers to sign by printing ASL instructions next to each menu item. READ MORE…
Browser bookmarklet seamlessly adds recipe ingredients to online shopping carts
We’ve seen quite a few startups helping to make mealtimes easier by delivering all of the ingredients for a recipe to the door, most recently in the form of Forage, which selects meals from the menus of high-end restaurants. But for fussy eaters who prefer to choose their own meals, Popcart enables them to simply copy the ingredients from any online recipe and immediately get them delivered through FreshDirect. READ MORE…
Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals
People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed especially to teach those with learning difficulties to cook for themselves. READ MORE…
Micro meal recommendations help drop calories and fight national hunger
Many people in the US are looking for ways in which they can lose weight at the same time that others struggle to get access to or afford food. Schemes such as Halfsieshave already joined the two together with half-size restaurant portions matched with donations to charity. Now FoodTweeks is an app that gives users small suggestions to tweak their diet, with each calorie cut rewarded with support for local food banks. READ MORE…
Pre-prepped ingredients delivered to the door help anyone make their favorite restaurant dishes at home
 Cooking a good meal can take up far too much of the little time most people have, a fact that contributes to the huge amounts of money that the average consumer spends on eating out each year. While services such as Brazil’s Gulala have aimed to make things easier with 24-hour delivery of ingredients for meals, Forage turns home cooks into pro chefs by providing all of the ingredients needed to make dishes culled from the menus of top US restaurants. READ MORE…
In India, restaurant is staffed by convicted criminals
Prisons are notorious for being money sinkholes — they cost millions to run but inmates aren’t often given the opportunity to contribute anything to the economy. We recently saw Gaolhouse Denim provide a way for inmates to learn tailoring skills by producing jeans to be sold to the public. Now the Tihar Food Court is a vegetarian cafeteria in New Delhi where the food is made and served by criminals, including murderers, as part of a rehabilitation effort. READ MORE…
It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café
The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. READ MORE…
Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour
When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. READ MORE…
Smart thermometer enables old ovens to connect to smartphones
New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one. READ MORE…
Insurance policy rewards employees’ healthy shopping choices with cash
Employees benefit from good health insurance policies from the companies they work for, but if they don’t look after their health then employers are the ones that end up paying a higher premium. Tools such as FwdHealth have previously let bosses track their workers’ exercise regimes, and now EatRight Rewards is encouraging healthy eating by offering cash to employees that buy fruit and veg at the supermarket. READ MORE…