Our Favorite Tweets From Internet Week New York!

By Emily Collins & Debra Liu

All week, we’ve had the pleasure of sponsoring the Internet Week New York (IWNY) Cafe and were a part of Global Startup City. We had the chance to meet some of the best technological innovators and stars and it was an absolute blast. And there was tweeting, some wonderful tweeting. Here are some of our favorites from IWNY:

Mimi & Coco’s Japanese Street Food made our tweethearts very happy!

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FoodtoEat: making your stomach growl (awkwardly) since 2012.

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How incredible does this Cemita’s sandwich look? They were a definite crowdpleaser at IWNY.

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We brought free pizza from Valducci’s to The Webutante Ball. But also a cute man for the ladies. We do what we can. 

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No Jennifer, thank YOU and all the amazing people at Internet Week for supporting our vendors at the IWNY Cafe. 

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Philadelphia Man Campaigns to Work at Applebee’s

Nowadays brands are doing whatever they can to build up their online presences and collect a devoted legion of fans. Applebee’s proved this by flying a fan out to a job interview after his repeated attempts to score a job with the company through massive social media efforts and door-to-door campaigning.

25 year-old Philadelphia resident Kevin Matuszak started a social media campaign to get hired by Applebee’s as a company spokesman. He began by posting on the company’s Facebook page politely asking for a job. After receiving a noncommittal answer, he began using other forms of social media to pursue his career aspirations, and began interacting with Applebee’s fans in some truly hilarious Facebook threads to drum up more attention for the restaurant chain.

Matuszak went on to made several promotional videos, promoted the hashtag #HireKevin and even canvassed door to door to make his dream a reality. The whole time Applebee’s continued to encourage Kevin’s career campaign, reposting his videos for their fans and encouraging Kevin to continue with positive comments. This isn’t the first time Matuszak has tried publicity stunts, and is known for his antics among his group of friends and the radio station in Philadelphia where he works.

Now Applebee’s has finally decided to give Kevin Matuszak a chance, flying him out in early 2013 to the company headquarters in Kansas City to interview for the Applebee’s spokesman job. Matuszak has revealed that he is “completely surprised” at how much publicity his campaign has already received.

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Debunking Some of the Common Myths about Food Trucks

For any cautious eaters out there choosing your first food truck can be a daunting task; between waiting in a long line, dispelling rumors of ‘grease trucks’ and ‘roach coaches’ and figuring out where to actually eat your food it’s a wonder anybody chooses these roving mobile eateries. But food trucks keep popping up against all odds in different cities around the country, and us skeptics must either face the trend head-on or find another way to eat. The questions below are all real concerns I’ve heard people voice about food trucks. I will try to dispel as many of these questions and rumors as I can, and hopefully create a few new food trucks fanatics along the way.

I’m afraid to eat anything at a food truck. I’ve heard their health inspections are up to a lower standard than restaurants and the word ‘roach coach’ freaks me out.

The term roach coach originated many years ago as a slang term for a food truck. Those trucks tended to be taco trucks or catering trucks that were among the first of their kind, typically seen throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco. At this time regulations on food trucks were very lax, and some of these trucks operated without proper licenses and in unsanitary conditions. Today food trucks are regulated to a much higher standard; in LA they are given the same health grades as restaurants, below a C rating and the truck will not be allowed to operate. In New York the lowest fine a food truck or cart can receive for any violation is $1000, significantly higher than the fees restaurants would pay. The simple truth is food trucks cannot afford to be unclean, and the gourmet food trucks that have been popping up recently are scrutinized by health departments and usually headed by former restaurant chefs who really know their way around a kitchen.

I can never find a food truck I like, they move around too quickly and I don’t use Twitter.

The reason food trucks move around so often is because it’s not easy to find legal parking in most cities. While rules are different depending on the area, most cities severely limit how long a food truck can spend at a certain spot, or relegate the trucks to just a few locations that always seem to be crowded. Combine that with random inspections and ticketing that force the trucks to move and it’s a wonder anyone can catch a meal. The trendier ‘gourmet’ food trucks began using Twitter to post and update their locations to their legions of followers, and it started to catch on across the country. For those of us who just aren’t that into social media, there are a number of apps you can download for your smartphone that track food trucks. These apps tend to differ by region; in New York Tweat.It and the New York Street Food app are two of the best. Most food trucks also post their weekly schedules online on their websites.

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You expect me to wait in that line? I don’t care how good the food is I only have short lunch break.

It’s true that some of the most popular food trucks have long lines, particularly during peak hours in the summer. But as food trucks continue to evolve technology is affording new ways to plan ahead and get past these lines. Many food trucks allow customers to call ahead their orders to pick-up on the spot, or accept online ordering so hungry customers can actually pre-order their meals and pick them up and pay at a convenient time. Best of all, some food trucks are even hiring deliverymen to get customer’s their food the same way a restaurant would.

So now that I’ve gotten my food where am I supposed to eat it? Food trucks don’t exactly have dining rooms

Ah, the great challenge of where to eat your food truck meal. Most of the time when I grab lunch from a food truck I take it back to my office or find a local park or seating area to devour my food. At night, food trucks can actually be a great place to meet people. I’ve found that some of the most interesting people congregate around food trucks at night, and they can really turn into an outdoor party atmosphere. If you’re still not convinced, new studies have shown that it might actually be healthier to eat standing up than sitting down. Standing up while eating can help people avoid acid reflux, head rushes, and can help you digest better. So now that you have a reason to eat standing up, head on out and order a meal from your favorite food truck. If you’d like help getting started I can make plenty of recommendations.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Vegan Startup Gets Backed by Twitter Co-Founders

A new startup company aims to replicate the taste and feel of real meat with all vegan products. The company is called Beyond Meat, and it has recently been backed by two Twitter co-founders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Williams and Stone have their own business incubator called Obvious Corporation, owned with former Twitter VP of Product Jason Goldman. Stone has been a vegan for ten years, and this played into his decision to support Beyond Meat.

Typically Obvious Corporation has backed web-centric companies, but Beyond Meat had a different approach to vegan food that the Twitter co-founders identified with.

“These guys are coming at the meat analogue industry not as a novelty kind of thing or hippy dippy,” said Stone. “They were coming at it from this big science, super practical, scalable angle. They were saying, ‘We want to get into the multi-billion dollar meat industry with a plant-based meat.’”

Beyond Meat has already begun releasing vegan products, which have mixed reviews. Even mixed reviews are positive however for meat substitute, which often do not mimic the taste of or texture of meat very well. New York Time writer Mark Bittman reviewed Beyond Meat’s Veggie Chicken Strips back in March.

“The thick strands…didn’t precisely resemble chicken strips, and when I tasted them unadulterated I found it bland, unexciting and not very chicken-like. But not offensive, either, and as an ingredient we’d all be hard-pressed to distinguish it from most of the animal-based models.”

Beyond Meat products will also be priced more competitively than other meat-substitutes. Beyond Meat’s vegan competitors can charge $12 or more for a pound of their products, while beyond Meat’s products sell wholesale for less than the price of natural meat. Products are already available at Whole Foods locations in Northern California, and they will soon expand to the east coast as well.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

New App Tracks Food Trucks in Real Time

A new app was developed that can help make lunchtime just a little easier for New Yorkers. The free iPhone app is called Tweat.it, and it can help you track down any food truck in New York City. The app provides a map of Manhattan and syncs this with each food truck’s Twitter account, so customers can see truck locations as well as any special deals or promotions the vendors are offering.

Though maps like this exist on several websites already, Tweat.it is making large strides in producing this information as a simple, easy-to use app for iPhone users. Founder Dave Cascino was formerly working on an appointment booking tool called LetsConfirm, but is now devoting all of his time to Tweat.it. The app works in real time, so as soon as food trucks tweet, their information is immediately available.

You can learn more about the app here.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com