“One of the big challenges a lot of operators face during the pandemic is they were not set up for delivery, or their food does not deliver well and those restaurants are in big trouble,” said Nextbite CEO Geoff Madding, who said the virtual kitchens are given the recipes and are responsible for providing the ingredients; the restaurant and Nextbite then split the profits. “We give them a whole lot of brands and the cool thing about the model is it allows them to do what they are already doing but they don’t have to create a new brand or create something specifically for delivery. It allows that restaurant to do what they are already doing.”
Garrett’s Family Steakhouse, 9431 E. 22nd St., is the first restaurant in Arizona to join Nextbite’s virtual restaurant program, which is in major cities across the country including Los Angeles, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Denver. Lopuszynski said that when he rolled out the program on Sept. 22, he made $22 in sales the first day. Every day after, sales increased — $60 on the second day, then $300, then $350; one day he had $444 in sales for HotBox and Mother Cluckers, all generated through an invisible third party.
“It has been amazing to the point where on Friday night we had to shut it down,” he said last week. “We did not anticipate the amount of orders.”
“When it comes to meal planning, our clients often feel as though a tradeoff exists between taste, convenience and nutrition,” said John Burns, CEO of TB12. “Our new line of Performance Meals created in collaboration with The Good Kitchen taste great and are ready to eat in under five minutes, making them an easy way for anyone to get the right fuel that their body needs.”
TB12’s Performance Meals are high in protein, contain nutrient-rich whole foods with anti-inflammatory properties, and are free of processed ingredients. The meals are inspired by the TB12 lifestyle and nutrition regimen and include a variety of protein and vegetarian options, such as Herb Roasted Chicken and Vegetables, Roasted Cod with Succotash and Chermoula Sauce, a Shredded Beef and Rice Bowl, and Quinoa and Chickpea Pilaf with Spiced Cauliflower. In addition, each meal is packaged in recyclable packaging in effort to improve sustainability.
“Since launching The Good Kitchen, we have been dedicated to changing the way people think about food and are thrilled to be partnering with TB12 in our joint pursuit of making health and wellness accessible to all,” said Amber Lewis, CEO of The Good Kitchen. “TB12’s Performance Meals are for anyone who’s looking to prioritize their health – together with TB12 we’re giving our customers the power to eat well in order to live better.”
TB12’s Performance Meals ship nationally across the US including Alaska and Hawaii and are priced at $12.99 for subscription meals and $14.76 a la carte. For more information and to order TB12 Performance Meals, visit www.tb12meals.com.
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Kroger joins Walmart in requiring all customers who enter their stores to wear a face mask.
America’s largest grocery retailer is getting in on the food delivery wars.
Kroger announced Thursday it will roll out two ghost kitchens at grocery stores in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, in partnership with ClusterTruck, a tech start-up that operates delivery-only restaurants.
Kroger launches on-premise ghost kitchens in partnership with Midwest start-up ClusterTruck. The first location opens today in Fishers, Indiana. (Kroger).
The supermarket chain said the ghost kitchens — cooking spaces that serve food on a pick-up or delivery-only basis — will cook up a variety of freshly prepared meals on-demand with no service or delivery fees to cater to the ongoing need for food delivery during the pandemic.
WALMART WILL OFFER BLACK FRIDAY DEALS EARLIER THIS YEAR
Kroger piloted a ghost kitchen with ClusterTruck in 2019 before the pandemic. However, with dining rooms shut down during the COVID-19 and operating on pick-up and delivery only, restaurants have become more reliant on ghost kitchen models in which restaurants only operate on a delivery or pick-up only basis.
Customers located near the Indianapolis or Columbus locations can select from a menu of more than 80 meals.
FOOD DELIVERY FROM GHOST KITCHENS BRINGS RESTAURANT QUALITY FOOD TO THE MASSES
A number of food tech companies have experimented with ghost or cloud kitchens in recent years. Third-party food delivery service DoorDash last year debuted the satellite kitchen in the Bay Area in 2019. And Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick launched CloudKitchens, a similar satellite kitchen and food delivery service and culinary space.
Realme has launched a ton of products in India today.
These include a SLED 4K TV, a soundbar, and the Realme 7i.
Other announcements include a vegan leather Realme 7 Pro and new audio products.
Realme has drawn inspiration from the likes of Huawei, Samsung, and Xiaomi for its overall product strategy, quickly expanding its presence in the smart home and IoT space. Now, the company has announced a ton of gadgets in this regard in India.
The most expensive device on the list is the 55-inch Realme Smart TV SLED 4K, coming in at Rs 42,999 (~$587) or Rs 39,999 (~$546) as a special offer. This is marketed as the world’s first SLED 4K smart TV, with SLED touted by Realme as an alternative to QLED technology.
The brand previously claimed that SLED tech makes use of a white backlight formed from RGB colors as opposed to traditional LED and QLED TVs using a blue backlight that turns white. Realme says this enables a wider color gamut (108% NTSC) and better eye protection than QLED and LED panels, but we’ll have to put this claim to the test.
The Realme Smart TV SLED 4K also packs a quad-core MediaTek processor, Chroma Boost, 24W quad stereo speakers, Android TV based on Android Pie, and Chromecast support.
Need even better audio quality for your living room? Then the company has also unveiled the Rs 6,999 (~$95) Realme 100W soundbar, packing two speakers, two tweeters, and a subwoofer.
Wireless audio and mobile
Realme also had a new smartphone to bring to India in the Realme 7i. The phone previously launched in several other Asian countries last month, and packs a Snapdragon 662 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging, and a 6.5-inch 90Hz LCD screen.
Other notable Realme 7i features include a 64MP quad camera setup (64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP), a 16MP selfie camera in a punch-hole cutout, and a rear fingerprint scanner. Expect to pay Rs 11,999 (~$164) and Rs 12,999 (~$177) for the 64GB and 128GB variants respectively.
The BBK brand also launched a new Realme 7 Pro variant, dubbed the Sun Kissed Leather edition. It’ll be available for the same price as the Realme 7 Pro itself (from Rs 19,999 or ~$273) when it goes on sale on October 16, but packs a vegan leather back.
Next on the list are two more wireless audio entries in the Bluetooth 5-toting Realme Buds Air Pro true wireless earbuds and Buds Wireless Pro neckband earphones.
The case for the Realme TWS buds resemble that of the Vivo TWS Neo buds, but the buds themselves seem to differ from each other. Otherwise, you can expect 25 hours of total playback with the case, active noise cancellation, and 94ms of latency.
Meanwhile, the Buds Wireless Pro delivers active noise cancellation, support for the LDAC codec, IPX4 splash resistance, and 22 hours of playback (with a five minute charge netting you 1.7 hours of playback).
NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Buydeem has announced the launch of its award-winning line of multi-functional and beautifully designed kitchen products in the US, bringing nearly two decades of experience in Asia to American homes for the first time.
Buydeem’s flagship product is the multi-functional glass Kettle Cooker, which can be used to boil water but also make stew, rice, yogurt, and more. The Kettle Cooker has long been #1 in its category on Tmall, China’s premier high-end eCommerce portal owned by Alibaba. With its friendly design and superb quality, it is a popular and perfect addition to any home.
On the heels of the Kettle Cooker’s success in China, Japan, and South Korea, Buydeem quickly expanded its product line to include a mid-century-inspired 4-slice toaster, a classic enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, a sleek food steamer, and an instant hot water boiler conveniently sized for any home or office.
Buydeem also offers a line of food containers including a ceramic cocotte, variously sized glass jars and bottles, and a convenient travel mug for customers who find themselves often on the go or in need of storage solutions.
While designed for small spaces, aesthetics are also a key element to Buydeem’s line of products with all appliances available in a range of corresponding hues including white, retro green, niagara, light yellow, and pale dogwood.
Buydeem’s unique combination of functionality and design has been recognized around the world. Its products have received Germany’sRed Dot Design Award and iF Product Design Award, and the Industrial Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Since first launching the Kettle Cooker in 2013, Buydeem has sold more than 1 million products and offered customers in the Asia-Pacific market additional products including bonus recipes and a line of healthy pre-packaged food.
American customers are also able to purchase Buydeem’s popular instant soup lines, with flavors including Peach Barley, Longon, and Snow Pear Fig through Buydeem’s website.
ABOUT: Founded in 2003, Buydeem first established a following in Asia around its flagship Kettle Cooker. Over the past two decades it has expanded its line of award-winning kitchen products to include appliances and storage solutions. For more information please visit: www.buydeemglobal.com
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When we look back at 2020, the restaurants that launched this year may have wildly divergent origin stories. For Uncle Steve’s House of BBQ in Roslyn, that tale might begin with “It was a dark and stormy night …”
That would be the night owner Matt Prince raced around the darkened roads of Roslyn in a Jeep Wrangler delivering brisket during Uncle Steve’s first night in business as a so-called ghost kitchen.
Prince’s other business at 1 Railroad Avenue, Vienna of Roslyn, had been thriving when lockdown arrived in mid-March. In bat of an eye, events hit a hard stop. After reassessing his choices — and as takeout and delivery gained steam as a survival tactic for other restaurants — Prince realized that what might be missing in his immediate surrounds was a delivery-focused barbecue spot. Around that time, a culinary consultant Prince had worked with, chef Matthew Birnbaum, reached out and asked, “What are we going to do with Vienna’s kitchen?”
This challenging and unusual year has lent momentum to ghost kitchens, a restaurant model focused primarily on pickup and delivery. While “ghost kitchen” is a mysterious term, it’s just one of many nicknames for a kitchen-within-a-kitchen that has no public-facing presence beyond a web page or delivery app. Some Long Islanders had their first exposure to ghost kitchens this spring when Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings suddenly appeared in their delivery apps; as it turned out, Pasqually’s was a sub-brand of Chuck E Cheese, and one that operated out of Chuck E Cheese kitchens without any public tie to that company.
Prince, a career-long hospitality professional who had founded or overseen more than a dozen bar and restaurants, had never heard of the term. Yet it was unwittingly the model he adopted, installing smokers into Vienna’s kitchen to transform it into a barbecue spot with “a small menu, top meats and the best ingredients,” Prince said, as well as online ordering and delivery.
In early September, Uncle Steve’s House of BBQ was born, with Prince himself ferrying food to customers, mostly friends and family at first. “It was my 2020 version of a soft opening,” joked Prince, who drove orders around the area until midnight or so for the first few nights.
Brisket ($18), baby back ribs ($19 for a half-rack, $37 for a whole), smoked half chickens ($14), pulled pork ($14) and burnt ends ($21) forming the meaty crux of the menu, all overseen by Birnbaum, who has worked with chefs such as Bobby Flay and Jonathan Waxman during his career and once oversaw the commissary for first Shake Shack. Birnbaum also grills smoked garlic and jalapeño-cheddar Meyer’s Elgin Sausage from Texas, and will soon add fried chicken; sides run the gamut from mac-and-cheese with a bacon crumble ($8), potato salad ($7), barbecue beans ($11), Tater tots ($5 to $9) and an iceberg wedge with a roasted garlic-yogurt dressing ($9). Cocktails to go, such as moonshine margaritas, are made with spirits from Kings County Distillery, and come batched
The mother-son team behind Tucson’s Fat Noodle ramen shop knows firsthand how unkind COVID-19 has been to independent restaurants.
For months now, they have sat in their Tucson Mall area restaurant watching traffic along North First Avenue and East Wetmore Drive pass in front of their 2-year-old restaurant.
Then Linda and Ramon Gonzales had an idea: What if they reinvented themselves, offered something a little more portable to fit into our carryout-friendly COVID world?
Relaunching their restaurant, tucked into the first floor of the Seasons student housing complex at 811 E. Wetmore Road, was cost-prohibitive. And besides, Ramon Gonzales’s noodles had a large following going back to 2011 when he rolled out a food truck back when food trucks were just gaining in popularity.
So they did the next best thing: They created a “ghost kitchen” that they dubbed Rae’s Classics Burgers, Fries & Pies, a burger joint in the vein of the long-closed Tucson landmark Shari’s First Ave. For more than 50 years, that tiny burger shack on North First Avenue served up single, double and triple no-frills honest-to-goodness burgers and fries before closing in summer 2008.
“It’s a very simple model. The burgers are never frozen. Then you add on bacon, lettuce, cheese — whatever you want,” Linda Gonzales said.
The ad begins with a mother putting her child to bed and watching footage of riots on her cellphone before falling asleep herself and dreaming that Biden and a Democratic Congress have made massive cuts to police funding. Over footage of a protester smashing the window of a minivan with the mother and her child inside, a narrator warns: “They’ll defund police. They’ll disarm you. Don’t let this nightmare come true.”
The effort comes as Trump has seized on a law-and-order message to try to win back the suburban white women who abandoned Republicans in 2018. With national and several battleground state polls showing Trump trailing or tied with Biden, the president in recent weeks has sought to turn public safety into a top campaign issue as some protests against police brutality and racism have turned violent.
“Moms for Safe Neighborhoods came together because a group of concerned mothers saw Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Democrats calling for diverting money from the police and failing to condemn the violence as it entered neighborhoods across the country,” said Anderson, a mother of two. “They banded together to get their message out to moms everywhere, but also because they understand how critical suburban women are to President Trump’s re-election.”
The group’s “grassroots leadership board” has some heavy hitters of female Republicans, including Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America; Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots; GOP lawyer Cleta Mitchell; and former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.). Three notable politicians’ wives are also on the board: Debbie Meadows, who’s married to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; Kristen Short, the wife of Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff; and Susan Allen, who’s married to former Virginia Gov. George Allen.
Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, is doing this in her personal time. She previously worked in the Trump White House as associate director for intergovernmental affairs and strategic initiatives at the Office of Management and Budget.
Danube Home has announced the virtual launch of its latest Garden Collection 2021.
“The Covid-19 pandemic made 2020 a challenging year with travel restrictions, social distancing, and fear in the air. At the same time, it offered a chance for individuals and organizations to reset and reshape the world in a more sustainable way. Following this shift with the new normal, Danube Home decided to take the paperless route with our all-new Garden e-catalogue 2021. The new exhaustive e-catalogue is loaded with Danube Home outdoor product range along with insightful information about each of them. It is designed to be easy-to-use, with high-quality visuals all organized into easy-to-navigate sections,” said Adel Sajan, director of Danube Home.
The concept of the new Garden Catalogue 2021 is – ‘Bring in the outdoor’. With their new product offering, Danube Home brings the outdoor ambience to home exteriors. A major part of 2020 saw people working and staying home due to Covid-19. With Danube Home garden solutions, customers can get the feeling of a mini-staycation every time they step out into their outdoor space. Balconies, terraces, backyards, and lawns can be designed to entertain family and friends, provide a place for kids to take a break from their electronic devices and play outside or to simply relax and enjoy moments of solitude all the while staying safe at home.
“The Garden 2021 e-catalogue is seamlessly integrated with our e-commerce website. This means that customers can simply click on the product they like on the e-catalogue to navigate to the specific product page on the site and find detailed information and videos of the product. Once they like what they see, they can add to cart and checkout with ease,” said Sayed Habib, GM of Buying Danube Home.
“We consistently strive to provide the best product range for our customers and with our new Garden 2021 collection, our customers are sure to be spoilt for choice in all categories, whether it is outdoor flooring solutions, gazebos, umbrellas, sofas, balcony furniture, lighting, garden ornaments, kids play or outdoor bar and barbeque sets. We also have an expert team of professionals who can landscape with our lifelike artificial grass and plants that look great without the maintenance hassle. This year we have added many new products for the kids play area as well as barbeque sets, camping solutions, and artificial plants,” he added.
Danube Home also offers free garden design services which make them even more appealing.
“We are happy to see that customers are keener than ever to design their home exteriors. We’ve had customers who wanted to convert even parking areas to a garden,” Habib said.
At the launch, Danube Home also showcased customer testimonial videos featuring some of their happy customers and a look at how the designers at Danube Home completely transformed customers’ outdoor spaces into dream gardens.