DoorDash is Using Its Technology to Give Back to the Needy

DoorDash is Using Its Technology to Give Back to the Needy

By law, restaurant owners cannot serve leftover food to guests the following day. So, what is a chef or restaurateur to do with all the extra food?

You could always have employees take some home, but what if you still have more after that?

According to “Fast Company,” “An average restaurant might waste 100,000 pounds of foods a year.”

Enter DoorDash. This food delivery company is using its algorithm to help restaurant owners with a surplus of food finding a person to deliver it to the nearest shelter caring for hungry homeless people, for example.

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Hyper-Local Partnerships: Food App Waitr and Crying Eagle Brewing Make A Nice Pear, Saison Beer

Hyper-Local Partnerships: Food App Waitr and Crying Eagle Brewing Make A Nice Pear, Saison Beer

In the past, Foodable has reported on hyper-local partnerships involving craft breweries, where Funky Buddha partnered up with Whole Foods Market to make spent grain sourdough bread.

Now, a tech company with hopes to drive business to the restaurants it delivers food from has teamed up with a local brewery to form a different kind of hyper-local partnership.

This time around, beer and tech have collided in a unique and unexpected way, since Waitr, a food delivery startup, partnered-up with craft beer company Crying Eagle Brewing to bring local restaurants a beer— A Nice Pear— to get excited about.

The beer’s name is a play on the word pair, alluding to the partnership between the beer company and the restaurant app company, both founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Will Blue Apron's Lukewarm IPO Be Able to Compete with Amazon?

Will Blue Apron's Lukewarm IPO Be Able to Compete with Amazon?

The meal delivery service, Blue Apron made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange last week, but it looks like Amazon may have spoiled its IPO.

Blue Apron collected $300 million in its lukewarm IPO, but it will need more funding to stay afloat.

The company reported that it made $800 million in annual revenue last year and had 54.9 million in losses. However, it reported that its cash and current borrowing capacity will only support the company for at least a year. This isn't going over well with investors.

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L.A.-Based Startup The Fare Trade Brings Hard-to-Find Artisanal Goods to Your Doorstep

Photo Credit: Twitter//The Fare Trade

Photo Credit: Twitter//The Fare Trade

It seems floods of food delivery businesses have seeped into the foodie forefront, each providing a dash of something different. Most, however, miss the mark on that exclusive feeling one gets when dining out. It’s a difficult thing to capture, but L.A.-based startup The Fare Trade is certainly close to bridging that gap.

For $65 a month, subscribers get a basket filled with artisanal and epicurean, hard-to-find goods from around the country. The startup has partnered with craft foods, as well as chefs from all walks of life, and are rotated on the regular to provide new findings. And that’s not all. Read More

Whiskey as a Service (WaaS) Hits San Francisco

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Pick your poison. Ours is whiskey. Every time. And now, San Francisco-based Lasso is making party planning way easier with its delivery system. That's right: Whiskey as a Service (WaaS) is now a thing. Hello, 2013/2014!

The delivery service, which includes items like wine, cheese, high-end meat and booze, can be at your door in just a few hours.

But this isn’t anything new to the Bay Area: Instacart, a grocery delivery service, has recently re-upped its offerings with booze. So, which service packs more punch? How do prices and options stack up? Read More