Facebook icon Twitter icon Forward icon

Announcing restaurant branding bootcamp!

On November 18, we're hosting a first-of-its-kind restaurant branding bootcamp The Power of Brand: Growing Your Restaurant led by Union Square Hospitality Group's former CMO (including special guests Danny Meyer and Richard Coraine). 

We're thrilled to be partnernering with ShopKeep to offer 25 restaurants FREE scholarships (normally $399). All you have to do is tell us what you'll do with your new branding skills in this application.


New York Times Conference To Explore Feeding The World & Improving Diets
Featuring Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan and many others, Food for Tomorrow will explore how to feed the world and improve eating habits.

How User Research Helped HotSauce Expand from Restaurant Discovery to Mobile Payments
Taking Food Startup Branding 101 helped co-founder Tehsin Bhayani understand his customers on a deeper level and enabled HotSauce to tackle mobile payments.

Food Tech Roundtable with Michael Pollan & Ali Partovi, Case Study of New Mobile Payment App + More
From an inside look at how Food52 just raised $6 million to Plated getting into the food truck game, these are last week’s juiciest food tech news stories.

Startup Resources

The Midwest Is On Track For Its Strongest Year In Startup Investing As “The Rest” Rises - TechCrunch
From Chicago to Detroit, Cleveland to Cincinnati, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest.

9 Food & Beverage Focused Startup Accelerators - Velocity
Featuring Accel Foods, Crafy Catalist, Food Hatch and more. 

The Top 20 US Cities for Tech Startup Funding - The Daily Progress
San Francisco, San Jose, New York and Boston lead the pack. 


Mogl Nabs $11M Because Getting Cash Back After a Tasty Restaurant Meal Won’t Ever Go Out of Style - VentureBeat
Funds came from Avalon Ventures, Sigma Ventures, Austin Ventures, and Correlation Ventures, as well as from angel investors.

This French Startup will Dispatch a Professional Chef to Your Home - VentureBeat
La Belle Assiette raised $1.7 million in seed funding to continue growing and make key hires.

Yelp Acquires German Review Site to Amp Up Presence in Germany - Eater
Restaurant-Kritik claims to have "over 330,000 reviews, and Yelp will begin integrating content from the company very soon.

Ready and Willing: Restaurant Customers’ View of Payment Technology - Hotel News Resource
A Cornell study finds that restaurant guests are enthusiastically ready to use smartphones and table-top tablets to pay their bill.

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS - TechCrunch
Its new restaurant service provides a single view of sales and inventory data, customer insights for repeat customers, and a central platform for updating listings, images and prices. 

Forget Bespoke Suits, This Indian Startup Just Got Funded to Offer Bespoke Culinary Experiences - TechinAsia
GourmetItUp just raised $300,000 in funding from angel investors, which will be useed for expansion into new markets. 


Forget Tofurkey. Here’s a New Batch of Meat Alternatives - Civil Eats
36% of Americans now say they seek out "meatless" meat. Here's a look at some startups makting tasty and sustainable creations. 

Two Harvard Graduates are Trying to Crowdfund Their Way to Making Tomato Paste in Nigeria - Bostino
Tomato Jos is helping turn Nigerian farmers into expert growers.

How Bob Marley's Son Learned From Failure And Started A Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Company - FastCo.Exist
As a 20-something looking for his purpose, Rohan Marley found it by going back to his roots.


Mobile Startups Deliver Home-Cooked Meals in Fast Food 2.0: Tech - Bloomberg
These restaurants in the cloud operate their own kitchens and employ professional cooks to make meals are ordered via mobile apps.

Online Grocery Shopping ‘Gathering Momentum in Canada' - Global News
The country’s largest supermarket chain appears on the verge of introducing online grocery orders in at least one location in Ontario.

Austin’s Greenling, Instacart Join Forces for New Delivery Service - Statesman
The move is a major shift for Greenling, which has described itself as an online grocer that delivers fresh organic and local food. 


Calorie-Counting MyFitnessPal App Now Pulls In Recipes from Popular Sites - Mashable
When you visit any recipe page on CookingLightDiet and MyRecipes, a "log It" button will automatically add the recipe into your MyFitnessPal food diary.

Fitness Tracker Moov Finally Adds VC Money to Its Crowdfunded Coffers - VentureBeat
The $3 million round was led by Banyan Capital.


Can Affordable Satellites For Farmers Help Solve The Food Crisis? - FastCo.Exist
As satellites become smaller and cheaper, they can help farmers get more precise data and squeeze more productivity from their lands.

This Summer, Natural Gourmet Institute Offered a New Certificate in Sustainable Farming - Edible Manhattan
The initiative is a response to the urgent need for organic and regenerative agriculture, the Natural Gourmet Institute. 

Advancing Organic Agriculture Through Online Platforms: An Interview with Kellee James - Food Tank
Kellee chats about the inspiration and goals for the organic and non-GMO trading platform and her vision for the future of food.

Arch Grants, Yield Lab form Partnership for Agriculture Technology Startups - St. Louis Business Journal
The Yield Lab will help mentor LifePack, a Colombian startup that produces and sells plates made of natural fibers and seeds that can germinate into a plant.

Five Data Tools Used to Improve Water and Food Security - Triple Pundit
Biotechnology, greenhouses, and water meters we among the topics covered at the Water for Food Global Conference last week. 


VIDEO: Mark Bittman Explains Why Cooking at Home Is the “Most Radical Thing” We Can Do - Edible Manhattan
If the teachings of The Minimalist himself could be summed up in three words, they would be “do it yourself.”

What the World Eats [Infographic] - National Geographic
This interactive chart shows how the world's diet varies. Select different countries to see how consumption has changed over time.

Introducing the Delectable Rose - Delectable
The wine app launched its 4.1 version last week, adding a new logo, a trending wines feed, badges for verified wine professionals and more.


Click HERE to get the latest food tech news, trends and events delivered to your inbox.