10-27-16: They Have the Deer Meat; New App for Restaurants; Showing off Self-heating Meals in Savannah; Dollar Dash for Hospitality Disruptor; Ag Innovator to Keynote Tech Event; plus The Vortex is in the Checkout.
FOOD DAZE: Dates to Celebrate
- National Pumpkin Day- October 26
- American Beer Day- October 27
- National Chocolate Day- October 28
- National Oatmeal Day – October 29
- National Candy Corn Day – October 30
- National Caramel Apple Day – October 31
As hunting season begins, Atlanta-based Arby’s is testing new Venison Sandwiches in select “hunting markets” in early November. The chain’s Venison Sandwich is comprised of 100% deer meat that comes from free-range, grass-fed deer and will be offered at 17 Arby’s restaurants across America. Each location will be within heavy deer hunting areas in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia. Click here for dates and locations!
Restaurants have long been underserved by technology. Today, most restaurant business processes are manual, involving paper, pencils and clipboards. Atlanta-based Orderly is hoping to change this routine with the launch of their new mobile app. The Orderly App is a free invoicing and inventory app that restaurants can use to capture, manage, and share invoices online and to take a complete inventory and get Cost of Goods Sold with no spreadsheets or data entry. Android and iPhone owners can use the app to go paperless with their invoicing, automate their accounting, see price trends and food spend, and manage inventory, all from the palm of their hand.
Earlier this month at the 64th annual conference of The International Association of Emergency Managers, Chef Minute Meals, Inc. introduced their expanded line of civilian friendly meals that require no refrigeration or electricity to heat. First responders attending the conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, were treated to the company’s new products including Chef 5 Express™ Entrees, Meal Replacement Bars and Backpack Meal Kits. The Tennessee-based company’s products utilizes a flameless heating element that makes it easy for first responder agencies to distribute warm food provisions to civilian populations displaced by tornados, hurricanes, typhoons and other natural disasters.
A new report from hospitality industry disruptor, Airbnb finds that its guests have generated $4.5 billion for restaurants around the world. $1.5 billion of that spending has been at restaurants in 19 key cities in the U.S., from Austin to San Diego. According to the report, which is based on an annual survey of customers’ spending habits during the past 12 months, guests shelled out $50 to $90, on average, at restaurants. No word yet on Georgia restaurants but they should have fared well considering that Airbnb co-founder and chief product officer, Joe Gebbia is an Atlanta native.
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) today announced that Caleb Harper principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, will be one of the keynote speakers at the annual Georgia Technology Summit on March 23, 2017. An engineer turned urban farmer, Harper is working to reverse the global food crisis by revolutionizing agriculture as we know it. At MIT, he leads a diverse team of engineers, architects, urbanists, economists and plant scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Together they are innovating what Harper dubs the “Food Computer” – a disruptive, open-source, scalable, controlled-environment agriculture technology platform. Click to learn more about OpenAg Initiative and the 2017 Georgia Technology Summit
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