GrubHub Scores $50 Million Dollar Deal

The best ideas always seem to pop up all while enjoying a drink or two. For Mike Evans and Matt Maloney, their 'ah-ha' moment came 7 years ago while attempting to solve the problem as to how people can easily order food online. Within days the two developed GrubHub.com, a tool that enables you to type in your address and locate where the best nearest restaurant that will deliver directly to your door. Now 7 years and a couple hundred employees later, the 13-city team is ready to expand into the college scene.

GrubHub purchased Dotmenu.com, a New York-based company, which operates Allmenus.com and Campusfood.com. By purchasing Dotmenu, they are now tapping into the ever-expanding college communities within 50 US cities. Noted in Lorene Yue's "GrubHub gets $50-mil. Infusion, Gobbles up Dotmenu," Evans and Maloney knew the acquisition would be a perfect fit to their ever-expanding company. By purchasing Dotmenu together, there will be more than 250,000 listings in more than 50 cities. With this purchase there isn't a need to venture out of your door on a rainy afternoon to buy food, GrubHub and Dotmenu have it all under control.

There certainly is a rise of food and technology coming together, and it is with the help of food Apps and interesting food websites that can either help guide you on how to turn an online recipe into a delectable dish or how you can find a local and sustainable eating option near you. Food Apps are the thing of today, and now with GruHub and Dotmenu's new deal, the Internet just got a whole lot cozier for the take-out food lover in you.

Photo: Mykl Roventine

When Food and Technology Meet

It's amazing to think how far technology has advanced and has changed the way we live and go about our daily routines. It has infiltrated every industry and the food industry is no exception. Although cooking and preparing food is a very primitive action, technology continues to improve and change how we cook our food, with "molecular gastronomy" or modern cooking techniques as a great example.

Through technology and social networking I'm able to keep in constant contact with you and share not only my recipes but also news and events that I'm currently involved in. That's why I was glad to contribute on Food + Tech Connect recently on how technology has helped the food industry.

To read my article, click here. In this post, I shared how technology and social networking has helped me spread awareness about the issues I care about most as well as to why I founded our sister site, Food Republic.

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How has technology helped you share what you're most passionate about?

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Kids Get A Taste of Space Food

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

When you think of space you most likely think of interesting concoctions that are able to withstand the conditions of high altitude and zero gravity, you don't really think of what NASA is going to do with all that leftover space food. With the termination of the Space Shuttle Program back in July, NASA had to find a new, innovative way to dispose of the many dishes set to take flight in space. Thus came the realization that the public should be able to experience the food that was sent up to space.

NASA set out to figure out what to do with all this excess food, and find a way to educate others on the technological food produced for the many astronauts to touch down on the moon. They thought near and far to figure out what to do with the food, and when the light bulb went off in their minds, NASA had the best solution yet.

The solution was ever so simple. NASA decided what better way to learn about space then to provide schools with an educational awareness program on the interesting takes on the food found way up above. With these dishes being available to the public, schools went all out by ordering as much of the space products they could. The tiles and foodstuffs were given to schools for free, except for the cost of shipping. With a small fee to pay in the grand scheme of things nothing is compared to the experience the students will have while 'dissecting' space food. In "Space Food in Schools: NASA Offers Shuttle Meals, Tiles to Teachers for Free", there is a plethora of technologically inspired dishes available to astronauts and now available to students. Dishes include "soups like chicken consomme and cream of mushroom, casseroles like macaroni and cheese and chicken and rice, appetizers like shrimp cocktail, and breakfast foods like scrambled eggs and cereals."

Step aside chefs who want to become astronauts, there's a new school in town and that school is all about finding the perfect way to create food to technologically benefit all.

What favorite dish would you like to eat some day in space?

Photo: nika2

How Social Media is Changing the Food World

By Liz McCarthy

The world of food has become increasingly entwined with the world of technology. There are game-changing food startups as well as food-finding apps for your mobile device, but what about social networking? Twitter and other platforms have had an immense impact on not only how we eat, but also on how we share the cultural experience of eating with each other.

While blogs have been a popular method for posting pictures and write-ups of excellent food finds for years, Twitter now allows users to post much more quickly and from essentially any mobile device. I can take a snapshot of what I'm eating using my iPhone, upload it instantly using the Twitter app, and maybe add a hashtag (#tacos and #beer, anyone?) to guide the rest of Twitterverse to my Tweet. I even set my Twitter to automatically geo-tag my Tweets so that my followers know where I found those delicious eats.

The benefits are myriad for food vendors, especially small, artisan producers of food who can gain free exposure through Twitter when users "@" them or re-tweet their posts. And as sustainable and local eating are becoming more important in the culinary landscape, social media provides a great opportunity to find food within a specific community. Following one sustainability blogger on Twitter or Facebook, for example, can lead you to hundreds of sources for sustainably-produced food like farmers markets and vegetarian restaurants.

Twitter has especially impacted the food truck and food cart scene in major cities across the US. Most mobile food vendors let customers know where they're located each day through a Twitter feed and gain new followers, both real and virtual, through a totally digital medium.

Food-related social media posts aren't even limited to pictures or restaurant recommendations. Chefs (of both the at-home and professional variety) are now using Twitter and Facebook to share recipes and cooking experiences. In 2009, the New York Times even challenged readers to take the "twecipe" challenge and create condensed versions of recipes to work in a Twitter-friendly format - in just 140 characters or less.

Whether you're checking in to your favorite restaurant on Foursquare, sharing a culinary adventure through your Facebook photos, or re-Tweeting a particularly excellent food blogger's post, social media is helping to connect the food community in ways we've never seen before. Sharing recipes and restaurants has historically remained limited to cookbooks, family hand-me-downs, and newspaper reviews. Now, we can take our personal food experiences and not only share them with friends, but also impart them to the rest of the world. It's incredible to see how the culture of food has changed as the world becomes a more globally interconnected place through technology.

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Four Food Newsletters You Should Subscribe To

It can be tough to keep track of all the food-related blogs, news outlets, and websites out there to get your daily fix. So why not have food news delivered to your inbox for easy access on the go? Here are four great food newsletters you definitely should check out. Tasting Table This daily newsletter delivers national news on restaurants, food movements, and gourmet vendors, complete with fun photos and an easy-to-read layout. You can also subscribe to city-specific newsletters for New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and D.C.!

Eater Eater is a restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog that also delivers a fun national newsletter as well as location-based news for major cities. Eater often features quirky news articles that might slip under your radar otherwise, so subscribe to stay in the loop!

Food+Tech Bytes A newsletter affiliated with Food+Tech Connect, subscribers can get features and news updates on the growing intersection of food and technology. There's also a built-in job board feature that allows users to peruse jobs that link food and tech.  The newsletter only arrives once weekly, giving you the need to know digest of the latest news.

Tutti Foodie Tutti Foodie is a site dedicated to sustainable and adventurous eating. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to get info on food-based travel adventures, unique recipes, and more.

What food newsletters do you subscribe to?