Archive | January, 2013

Use Dish.Fm, never eat the wrong dish at a restaurant again!

7 Jan
We love the sound of this new startup, Dish.Fm. How many times have you gone out to dinner with your friends, only to be disappointed with what you’ve ordered? The same thing happened to the founders of this fun new app, and they are doing everything they can to make sure you always order something delicious when you go out to eat. Take a look!
Article excerpt from Mashable.com — visit this link to read the whole article!

Dish.fm Finds the Best Dishes to Order at Restaurants

Seth Fiegerman

2 days ago

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Name: Dish.fm

One-Liner Pitch: Dish.fm makes sure you don’t order the wrong thing on the menu at a restaurant.

Why It’s Taking Off: It’s like Yelp for meals instead of just restaurants.

Finding a good restaurant to eat at has arguably never been easier thanks to review sites like Yelp, but picking out the right thing to order from the menu can still be a challenge. That’s where Dish.fm comes in.

Dish.fm, a free iPhone app that launched in mid-December, highlights the top dishes at restaurants in San Francisco and New York by analyzing data from millions of posts on web services like Yelp, Foursquare and Instagram. The startup developed an algorithm to process natural language in restaurant reviews and perform sentiment analysis for specific dishes that are mentioned in order to find the most highly rated items on the menu.

Zhanna Sharipova, one of Dish.fm’s three co-founders, had a bad streak of eating at decent restaurants in Moscow but ordering the wrong thing on the menu. One night, she ordered “tasteless” pasta from a restaurant and started picking at the food from the plates of two of her longtime friends, which got the group to thinking about how to prevent this situation from happening with other restaurant-goers.

“I was picking food from their plates and they were laughing and saying that in the age of information technology and iPhones, this should never happen because there is so much knowledge in the world about everything,” Sharipova told Mashable. “We played with the idea and decided to make an application that could solve the problem by telling me in advance which dishes are tastier than others.”

The result is an app that’s simple to use and very visual with pictures of the recommended dishes on each menu displayed front and center.

Dish.fm launched in private beta in early 2012 and was originally more of a user-generated review service for meals, similar to apps like Foodspotting. Soon enough, the team came to the realization that it would take years to accumulate enough data this way to make the service appealing enough for the mainstream consumer so, in July, the app was reconfigured around data from other web services.

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Surprise Surprise: 2013 Full of Food

3 Jan

Checking through our newsfeed we found this article about mini burgers. We’re sorry to say that if you’re a fan, you might be out of style in the new year. Take a look at the excerpt below, and check out the full article on NPR to get the whole story on what 2013 holds for the slider!

Hold That Mini-Burger: Restaurants Forecast Food For 2013

by Jessica Stoller-Conrad

January 03, 2013 2:33 PM

Sliders. We’re over them, the National Restaurant Association says.

Bob Ingelhart/iStockphoto.com

Still ordering gazpacho and sliders at your favorite restaurant? Not pre-screening restaurant menus before you make a reservation? Well, hop in the DeLorean and set the chronometer to 2013: You’re really behind the times.

Technology is in and bacon-flavored chocolate is out, says a recent survey of 1,800 chefs across the nation.

The survey, part of the National Restaurant Association’s latest Restaurant Industry Forecast, categorized 198 menu items as “hot trends,” “yesterday’s news” or “perennial favorites.” Meant to be an annual snapshot of the entire restaurant industry, the forecast also predicts trends in restaurant technologies and consumer attitudes in the coming year, says Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of Research at the NRA.

Restaurant consumer expectations are high, even before they walk in the door. More than half of adult patrons will check out a restaurant’s menu online before their visit, the report says.

And about that menu? One of this year’s hottest restaurant tech trends includes in-house iPad menus, which offer customers high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions of dishes.