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Uniiverse Releases iOS App to Discover Local Events and Services

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Uniiverse, the marketplace for local events and services, has released its iPhone app.  The free app will help people try new activities, and meet new people in an authentic way.  Users can discover amazing events nearby, see what friends are doing and offering, and buy tickets directly on their phone.

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Event organizers and freelance service providers can use the app to create listings to sell tickets, manage online bookings, and process payments from their guests. Not only is the app free to download, there are zero subscription costs, and zero event posting costs.

There is a huge selection of listings on Uniiverse in Toronto, including many awesome food events, film festivals, networking events, craft workshops, fitness activities, and services such as affordable house cleaning, and dog walking. As frequent users of the service for all of our events, we highly suggest checking it out!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, learn more or download the app from www.uniiverse.com/app.

September 24, 2013 | By | Reply More

2012 Restaurant Trends

Diane Chiasson, President of Chiasson Consultants Inc., a restaurant and foodservice consultancy firm in Toronto, foresees these food trends for 2012:

Communal dining

More and more new restaurants will be designed with long communal tables in the centre of the room, as opposed to single tables or booths. Counter and bar dining will also be played up. In order to enhance the dining experience, many restaurateurs want to create camaraderie amongst its customers by having them sit together. Some restaurants will even go so far as to serve everyone at the communal table the same food at the same time.

No-time dining & Snacking

As our culture continues to move away from the 9 to 5 workday, a restaurant’s hours must also reflect this shift. Expect to see more restaurants offering all-day breakfast, longer lunch hours, afternoon snacks and more late night fare. Our culture is also moving away from eating three square meals a day. Many diets and health food experts encourage people to eat six small meals a day, so expect to see more snack, tapas or dim sum items on menus, as more customers will want to pop in for a small snack as opposed to an entire meal, or share a selection of snacks with their dining partners.

Mobile restaurants

High-class street food will soon be available on every street corner. The growing popularity of food carts, food stalls and food fairs has helped make street food a serious competitor to great restaurant food. Today’s street food goes far beyond a hot dog stand. Many food cart operators offer unique and delicious items that can’t be found anywhere else. And most importantly, street food is still cheap.

iPad ordering

Servers in restaurants will soon be trading their pads and pens for iPads or iPods to take your orders. This modern POS system combines cloud computing, wireless technology and touch-screen interface to allow servers to take and send orders from within the network, so that even before the server has left the table, the order has already been sent to the kitchen. Payments can also be processed using the iPad at the table. At quick-serve foodservice operations, expect to see iPad kiosks where customers would be able to order their own food.

Read the full list over at Restaurant Central.

February 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

In Depth With “Will it Blend” CEO Tom Dickson

Robert Scoble sat down with Tom Dickson, the CEO of BlendTec and host of the popular “Will it Blend?” videos.

Even though it clocks in at over an hour (looks like it repeats halfway through), this is a really great sit down with a food-product innovator. Tom provides insight about the innovations that go into making a great blender. Most of them were completely accidental, including their viral “Will it Blend?” hit. Another happy accident? The winglets on the blade were created because the blade didn’t fit, but when Tom got rid of the winglets the blender didn’t work as well, so they’ve stayed ever since.

Watch the latest “Will It Blend” video. Tom attempts to blend an iPad 2.

Do you have a BlendTec? What have you blended with it?

The accidental innovations of the “Will it Blend” guy | Scobleizer

March 25, 2011 | By | Reply More