A smart phone is only as smart as its apps. For Seattleites, with just a tap and a swipe, consumers can order and pre-pay for take-out, select chef-prepared spreads for home or office delivery, and even locate the nearest farm or farmer’s market.
Here, Foodable WebTV Network unveils Seattle consumer’s five favorite food apps making mealtime more manageable:
PugetSoundFresh Mobile App
Need to find a farmer's market in a hurry? Puget Sound Fresh app allows consumers quick access to local farms, farmer's markets, artisan purveyors, recipes and events, all in the palm of their hands.
Created in cooperation with Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition, the Puget Sound Fresh app features:
• 200+ area farms
• 100+ local farmers markets
• 240+ regional artisan purveyors
• 200 chef and farm generated recipes
• An annual harvest schedule with up-to-date info about what’s in season
• An events calendar of eatery events like harvest festivals, farm-to-table dinners, farm tours, and cooking classes
• Ongoing updates of farms, markets and purveyors enroll, and members expand beyond the original 12-county coverage area
• A 56-page Farm Guide and companion website
"We are thrilled to be included in the new Puget Sound Fresh mobile app. It's a wonderful addition to the web and print directory," shares Brenda Vanderloop of 21 Acres near Woodinville. "We're spreading the word to our farm partners, market shoppers, students and visitors to take advantage of this great resource."
Darren Carleton of Carleton Farm agrees. “About half of our customers access our website via a phone or tablet,” Carlton explains, adding, "This will give customers that 'anytime' ability to search for local food sources, and it provides farmers like us with another marketing outlet. This is a great tool!"
Need to nip curbside for a quick nosh? SeattleFoodTruck.com serves up food truck locations, last minute venue updates, and street food events in the greater Seattle, Eastside and South Puget Sound regions.
Swipe the screen to view “where the trucks are” by neighborhoods, fromas far north as Edmonds to as far south as Tacoma, and everything in between, including urban hubs like South Lake Union, SoDO, and International District, hipster ‘hoods like Ballard and Fremont, and Queen Anne, plus ‘burbs like Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland.
Search capabilities also include vendors and venues by day of the week, real-time social media feeds, and a sponsor list. And app developers just introduced ‘Events,’ a list of food events, and ‘Drinks and Trucks,” for keeping track of food trucks stationed outside of breweries and wineries.
Feeling too overwhelmed to cook? Munchery.com food app claims to “Reclaim Dinnertime.” Started in 2010 by a group of exhausted new parents in the San Francisco Bay area, the app endeavors to answer “what’s for dinner?” Since its inception, the app now includes service areas in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City.
Touted by the likes of The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, Munchery.com hits the sweet spot for folks like harried parents of newborns, hi-tech geeks, and over-extended families caring for elderly relatives. The app delivers access to seasonal, responsibly sourced food, expertly prepared by professionals, and delivered office or door side for easy heating and eating. And those with dietary restriction can choose from any number of egg-free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian offerings
Menus change daily, and vary by zip code, most items priced under $15. Mains include Piri Piri Chicken Salad andMoroccan Vegetable Stew, along with sides such as Humbolt Fog Cheese Plate, kids’ fixings like Chicken Tamales, and delish desserts like Malted Chocolate Cream Cake.
Munchery.com also believes strongly in social responsibility. To that end, for every meal ordered, Munchery.com donates a meal to either the San Francisco or Marin County Food Bank. The company also contributes to carbon neutrality by planting trees through the Conservation Fund.
It’s easy to lose focus after hopping online to LISHfood.com, the popular weekday repast ordering app. Between the visually lush line-up of artisan chefs and varying cuisines available on the rotating menu...well, there’s a reason the Seattle Times, Seattle Met, and Geekwire rave about it.
The roster of participating LISHfood.com cooks reads like a Seattle culinary who’s who: rock stars like Ethan Stowell and Ericka Burke, not to mention alums of the Dahlia Lounge and Canlis. Click on each chef’s photo to learn their story—what inspires their epicurean passions, plus their featured dishes on the ever-changing menu.
A mélange of multicultural eats range from chicken marsala to Korean BBQ and Chirashi bowl. LISHfood.com kitchens insist on purveying only the freshest of local ingredients, using compostable packaging. Perhaps the most surprising feature of the app centers around the pricing—entrees run under $20, small plates under $10, and desserts and craft non-alcoholic beverages under $5.
Yahoo | Travel calls Orderaheadapp.com one of the “7 Must-Have apps for Traveling Foodies.” Currently available in San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, the app furnishes consumers a simple way to browse area restaurants, order, pay, and pick up meals, or have them delivered for a fee.
Touted as “Rethinking the way the world shops,” users merely tap the screen and enter a zip code to scroll through a directory of ‘popular restaurants nearby.’ The app permits users to view menus, choose delivery or pick-up options, and find out when their order will be ready. Additional information provided includes mileage to the restaurant, restaurant hours of operation, and any order delivery variations due to unexpected staffing issues. The app also authorizes group orders and reorders.
Currently, the minimum order amount is $15 for all cities except Los Angeles, where it’s $18. Tax is included at checkout, along with any applicable delivery fees (a $6 delivery charge for orders under $100, or $12 for orders over $100.)
Clearly, you don’t need to be a genius to understand the value of these popular, convenient food apps when asking “what’s for dinner?”