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Drones and The Future of Food Delivery Services by Dr. Shawun Passley via 360 MAGAZINE.

Drones and The Future of Food Delivery Services

The Capabilities of Using Drones in a Food Industry Supply Chain

Are Drones the Solution to the Restaurant World’s Delivery Problem?

When the COVID-19 pandemic trapped diners at home, many restaurants survived by ramping up their delivery services. Delivery providers like DoorDash and Uber Eats allowed restaurants to continue serving their clients even when their dining rooms were closed. What few restaurants expected, however, was that the increased volume of food delivery would be a trend that continued beyond Covid.

Recent stats show that the spike in food delivery that started during the pandemic has not gone away. Diners have apparently decided that they like the convenience of having restaurant meals delivered to their homes or offices. For restaurants, however, the trend is not so convenient, primarily because delivery is expensive.

According to research from McKinsey, the average service commission that restaurants are paying to delivery services is between 15-20%. During the pandemic, those fees were seen as the cost of survival. Post-pandemic, paying those fees — or passing them on to their customers — is something most restaurants do not consider to be sustainable.

Some restaurants looking for a better way to serve their delivery customers are looking to drones as a solution. Drones, sometimes referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being used in a wide variety of applications, from job-site surveillance to search-and-rescue to inventory inspection. For restaurants, drones promise a more scalable, affordable, and sustainable solution to the growing demand for food delivery.

The basics of drone delivery

The benefits that drones promise to the world of delivery are easy to appreciate, starting with how readily they can scale when demand for delivery increases. In a traditional model, more delivery volume means more drivers. By leveraging GPS, AI, and machine learning, drones can fly automated flight paths. In essence, one drone “driver” can manage multiple delivery vehicles. With the most advanced software systems, the destination provided in the food order is the only “driver” needed to get the customer his or her food.

The financial implications of driverless delivery are huge for the food service industry. Drone delivery does away with fees paid to traditional delivery drivers, as well as expenses related to driver recruiting, driver management, and vehicle insurance. Overall, drone delivery presents a much more sustainable model when it comes to the financial investment.

Drones also allow for quicker delivery times. With few exceptions, drones can take a direct path from a delivery’s source to its destination — they are not delayed by stop lights or traffic jams. In the food industry, where the quality of hot dishes decreases with each passing minute, the accelerated delivery times that drones empower is a major benefit.

Gasoline costs, which are a major variable that traditional delivery models must take into account, are not an issue with drones since the vast majority of drones are powered by rechargeable batteries. Once the initial investment is made, drones continue to deliver with minimal investment.

Challenges that must be overcome

Meeting regulatory requirements has been a challenge to drone development from its early days. To take flight, drones must comply with the requirements put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This means meeting safety guidelines as well as charting flight paths that avoid no-fly zones.

Rules recently issued by the FAA make it easier for businesses to use drones for deliveries. The rules, which were issued in January 2021, expand drone capabilities by allowing for routine operations of drones over people and at night. Previously, such use required a FAA waiver. Upon announcing the new rules, the FAA said that they serve as one of a number of regulatory steps that will allow for growth in the use of drone technology.

Restaurants can avoid taking on the burdens associated with FAA requirements by working with companies that provide what has come to be known as Drone as a Service (DaaS). Such companies engineer drone systems that facilitate the required delivery service while ensuring that all mandatory regulatory requirements are met. Utilizing DaaS allows restaurants a high degree of flexibility and scalability without requiring them to develop any expertise in drone technology or make an investment in equipment.

Models for drone food delivery

Using drones as a means to get food orders from restaurants directly to customers is a model that has already proven to be effective. The town of Oranmore in Ireland, for instance, made headlines in 2021 when local cafes began using drone delivery to facilitate coffee deliveries. The drones, which were launched from a centrally located rooftop, lowered orders to their destinations on a cable while hovering at a height of 80 feet. The system facilitated deliveries within two minutes.

In the US, drones are being used by restaurants in a number of cities. In Holly Springs, North Caroline, for example, drone delivery is in use by nearly two dozen restaurants. The drones being used travel at 33 miles an hour, empowering deliveries in less than 5 minutes.

Another potential model for using drones as delivery vehicles involves facilitating the movement of orders from restaurants to an intermediary location where they can be picked up by last-mile delivery drivers. This model could prove to be effective for delivering to multi-family dwellings where those who place orders do not have an available landing zone. Drones could deposit orders to a rooftop staging area or other location where onsite delivery personnel could pick them up and manage the final phase of the trip.

Another model that restaurants have explored involves using drones as wait staff within the restaurant. Similar to how drones can be used to move inventory within warehouses, this model utilizes drones to cut down on the need for human resources. It has the potential to deliver meals from the kitchen to servers in the dining room, or to deliver meals directly to diners at their table, and has already been tested delivering food orders to attendees at sporting events.

The growth of demand for delivery options is something that restaurants that want to remain competitive cannot ignore. At the same time, a better model for addressing the added expenses of delivery must be identified.

Drones technology addresses both issues, empowering a more efficient delivery system that is also more cost effective. In 2023 and beyond, drone delivery promises to become a top competitive advantage in the restaurant field.

Article by: Dr. Shawun Passley, Ph.D.

Shaun Passley

Dr. Shaun Passley holds numerous masters degrees from DePaul University, Benedictine University, and Northwestern University, and has a PhD in Business Administration. In addition to founding ZenaTech, he is also Chairman & CEO of Epazz, Inc. — an enterprise-wide cloud software company — and the manufacturing company Ameritek Ventures. Shaun’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit enable him to identify key market opportunities and successfully launch new ventures. He is responsible for EPAZZ, Inc.’s software and product development which includes the design, research, and development of ZenaDrone and future products and services. ZenaDrone is an entirely bootstrapped venture that is aiming to help the agri sector in Ireland close its emerging labor gap through automation.

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ZenaTech

A Canadian technology solution provider that specializes in drone development, tracking solutions, augmented reality, and more. Founded in 2018, the company’s initial products were aimed at marijuana and hemp-related businesses that included tracking plants from seed to sale and processing payments. The capabilities of drone technology in tracking plant progress in any field resulted in an ambitious expansion plan for ZenaDrone.  Zenadrone is designed for industrial drone monitoring uses in construction, agriculture, surveillance, search and environmental inspection.  Further, the drone has customizable functionalities, attachments, and features that enable Zenadrone to provide customers with a mechanism that streamlines the inspection and monitoring processes, saving field technicians from hazardous work, reducing workforce and operational costs, automating and performing tasks efficiently, and completing tasks that may be difficult or impossible for humans to do. 

The Zenadrone has been featured in Silicon Republic, techbuzzIreland, Collaborate Together, and Agriland.

LV Women’s FW22

Louis Vuitton is a collection that presents a selection of ready-to-wear and coordinating accessories. The house’s Creative Director, Nicolas Ghesquière, designed these pieces with inspiring idealism and customization in mind. 

LOUIS VUITTON Fall-Winter 2022 Women’s Fashion Show Collection Reconnecting with an instinct for clothing devoid of the convention. A particular moment that belongs to the years of training, those that forge character. An essential, initiatory journey that Louis Vuitton wanted to recommence with its Fall-Winter 2022 women’s ready-to-wear collection. An excursion into a perceptible, fleeting, and decisive moment when everything comes to the fore, in all its innocence and insight. The impermanence and beauty of adolescence. Testing. Trying. Playing. Knowing. Yearning. Desiring…Wanting it all. Without restrictions. With the world at your doorstep.

Embracing everything and approaching taste as a personal construct – because the character is what guides destiny. Freedom is all, without directive or impediment. This collection is dedicated to youth, in hopes that it can keep unresolved adolescence like a flawless garment – in all its vivid romanticism, inspiring idealism, hope for the future, for a better world, and its dreams of perfection.

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Rebus: Los Angeles Trunk Show

Honoring the preservation of hand engraving and metalsmithing techniques, Rebus offers exquisite one-of-a-kind signet ring, pendant, and cufflink designs. Manifesting the vision of each client into wearable luxury, Rebus renders meaningful initials, symbols and images into precious metal and gemstones. This June, the award-winning Hatton-Garden team will be hosting its fifth trunk show in the United States, at the glamorous London West Hollywood Hotel at Beverly Hills, from Friday June 10 – Sunday June 12, 2022.

Emmet Smith, Founder of Rebus, says, “All our products are individually handmade in our highly regarded London workshop. The trunk show will give us an opportunity to showcase our jewelry in person, demonstrating the highly skilled techniques we employ, as we will have one of our master engravers in attendance. We enjoy collaborating with and supporting customers to help them achieve their design objectives, creating something valued and desirable to be enjoyed for a lifetime.”

The London workshop is renowned for its reverse carved signet rings, elegant for every day wear, which double as signature wax seals for handwritten correspondence. Whether looking to self-purchase, gift another, commemorate a loved one, or create rings together, the design journey with Rebus is distinct and personal. Private consultations offer a chance to meet with signet ring experts Rachel Constantine and Merryn Milton, to browse the company’s feature collection. In addition, Matthew Hart, one of Rebus’ master engravers, will be present to demonstrate traditional hand engraving techniques. Each private appointment will offer an opportunity to try on a variety of jewelry styles, metals, shapes, sizes, and browse gemstone options. In addition, the Rebus team will work with clients on bespoke imagery or monogram designs. Every Rebus commission is handcrafted in the London workshop, then delivered to the US.

“It will be a pleasure to meet customers in person and work with them to explore ideas and offer advice on how to best to achieve their style aspirations,” says Rachel Constantine, Marketing Director for Rebus. “Our products are considered investment pieces, appreciated equally by lovers of craft and classic style, and also those that prefer cutting edge fashion.”

For more information about Rebus, visit HERE. To learn more about the Los Angeles Trunk show, and to schedule an in-person consultation, book online HERE. For trunk show questions, email Rachel Constantine at Rachel@rebussignetrings.co.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7405 5188. For press inquiries, contact Pietra Communications at info@pietrapr.com or call 212-913-9761.

About Rebus

Rebus is the UK’s premier creator of hand-crafted signet rings. The company was founded by Emmet Smith in 2005 as a department within R.H. Wilkins, the renowned engravers based in London’s Hatton Garden. The Rebus team is made up of award-winning hand engravers and goldsmiths, all with a heartfelt commitment to beautiful engraving using traditional hand tools. Over the years, R.H. Wilkins and the Rebus team have won over twenty awards, and it is a tradition to have two apprentices at any time who are indentured through Goldsmiths’ Hall.

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Visit https://rebussignetrings.co.uk/ for further information.
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What’s New at CES

By: Skyler Johnson

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcased some of the world’s newest technologies, everything from medical devices to self-driving cars. These technologies and the companies behind them vary in size, from startups to massive corporations. They have displayed their newest products, unveiling prototypes for devices that may become essential in just a few years down the road. Here are just a few:

Health Products

The Fasteesh Y-brush, currently a medical device, revolutionizes teeth brushing. Because of the shape, the brush can clean teeth in ten seconds and is three times more effective than a typical toothbrush. Currently, this is being implemented in care facilities and retirement homes.

Japan’s Quantum Operations exhibited the first non-invasive glucose monitor. This changes the way in which diabetes patients measure their glucose and will reduce the repeated pains garnered by needles. The device is worn like a watch, reminiscent of an Apple Watch, and can record glucose levels in the body.

Hapbee’s device, worn like a necklace, influences mood. It uses ultra-low frequency magnetic waves to help the body in both relieving stress and gaining energy. It offers the same benefits as caffeine and melatonin without the harmful effects on the body.

Convenience

If you ever dreaded your alarm clock, Loftie has you covered. Their alarms aid in the process of sleep through implementing breathwork and soundbaths while awake, and white noises and nature sounds while asleep. The two-phase alarm system is designed to both get you out of bed and not leave you irritated through professionally crafted tones.

Ottonomy.io developed robots that allow for both indoor and outdoor deliveries to our doors. A contextual navigation system allows for the robot to safely traverse environments. Because it’s all-electric, the device is more sustainable than traditional delivery methods and is especially worth considering during ongoing supply chain issues and staff shortages.

Urban Canopee fights against the effects of climate change by creating a product that transforms plant life to act as natural umbrellas. The result is cooler urban environments, increased biodiversity, and improved air quality.

Gaming

Perfect for the metaverse, Shiftall creates technology to allow for an all-body VR experience. Not only will users be able to control virtual environments using their hands, but also their feet. The gaming potential with this expansion is limitless.

With the growth of e-sports, Glytch intends to create stadiums for the new sport. The company will open 32 e-sports venues across America and Canada in the next eight years. Each venue will be 90,000 to 120,000 square feet and the home stadium of a different team.

Vehicles

A new winter sport has arrived with the development of the Moonbike. A cross between a snowmobile and a motorcycle, they provide a unique way of traversing the show. They are also fully electric, silent, and much lighter than snowmobiles, helping to keep the mountains snowy for years to come.

CES introduced many sustainable vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be the first hybrid Jeep to enter the market. The Bobcat T7X is the first all-electric compact track loader. There are two new companies that are planning to launch electric vehicles: EdisonFuture and Fisker. The former will release electric solar trucks and delivery vans. The latter displayed the Fisker Karma, an all-electric SUV.

There are also innovations occurring in autonomous driving. Helm develops autonomous vehicles that allow for safer and more efficient autonomous driving for both SUVs and commercial trucks. John Deere announced the release of the first autonomous tractor to help farmers increase yield.

Conclusion

Overall, many exciting new innovations were exhibited during CES. While not all these products will reach a consumer base, it’s exciting to think of the potential benefit these technologies will deliver.

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Lanea Celebrates National Taco Day

Praised for being the “Best Mexican on the Westside, Lanea in Santa Monica will be celebrating National Taco Day (Oct. 4) on Saturday, Oct. 2nd with All-You-Can-Eat Street Tacos from Barbakush and a cocktail (of your choice) for $25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (*2 Hour Time Limit). The Santa Monica cocktail bar and taqueria will also be hosting a pop-up taco bar on their expanded satellite area on The Promenade (across from the Apple store) throughout the day. The festivities will continue into the evening with an 80’s Themed Broadway Block Party at Lanea, The Independence, and Cult from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with DJs and live entertainment, and Barbakush Tacos available at Lanea until 10:00 p.m. 

The All-You-Can-Eat Barbakush Street Tacos include Barbacoa (lamb wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours), Asada (grilled steak with Petra’s seasoning), Cesina (thinly sliced and tenderized beef with Petra’s seasoning), Pollo (grilled chicken with Petra’s seasoning), Pescado con Mango (tilapia topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado, and Mexican cream), Camaron con Mango (shrimp topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and lettuce), Beyond Meat (beyond meat seasoned with Petra’s seasoning), and Vegetarian (spinach and mushrooms).

Petra Zavaleta, from East LA’s street food operation Barbakush, is the chef behind Lanea and is known as the “Barbacoa Queen of Los Angeles.” Petra serves traditional lamb barbacoa by way of Puebla, Mexico. Her and her husband, and her sons work together to create their lamb barbacoa, which is a true labor of love. They source the lamb locally from Chino Hills and build a traditional underground barbecue oven in their backyard cooking the entire lamb over wood and maguey leaves coals.  Petra learned this ancient method of butchering and barbecuing from her parents and grandparents in Puebla at age 10, and became an LA Legend with a secret restaurant at her house before joining forces with Lanea in 2019 to offer her famed barbacoa tacos on the Westside of Los Angeles. Petra’s barbacoa tacos pair perfectly with Lanea’s cocktail program including over 400 varieties of Mezcals and tequilas, and hand-crafted cocktails. 

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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Lanea Celebrates Labor Day Weekend

Praised for being “the best Mexican food on the Westside” and “Best Bar in LA”, Santa Monica’s premiere cocktail bar and Mexican Taqueria, Lanea, will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of Picnic Packs complete with tacos, canned cocktails, pico de gallo, serape blanket and piñata to take to the beach, and All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Tacos and cocktail of choice for only $25.  Guests can also sip cocktails curbside with their expanded outdoor dining area, following County of Los Angeles health guidelines. 

For Labor Day Weekend, patrons can grab one of Lanea’s popular Picnic Packs perfect for a day at the beach including:  Mini Fiesta Pack with four street tacos, two JAJA cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a mini piñata for $29, The Picnic Pack that includes six street tacos, two cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a Mexican serape blanket for $49, or the Grande Fiesta Pack which contains eight street tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four JAJA cocktails, Mexican serape blanket, and a piñata for $69. 

Guests can also enjoy Lanea’s All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Street Tacos and Cocktail for $25 all weekend long. Additional breakfast items include Huevos Con Chorizo (scrambled eggs, queso, spicy pork sausage), Huevos Con Bacon (scrambled eggs, queso, bacon bits), Huevos Con Sausage (scrambled eggs, queso, sausage link bits), Huevos Con Veggie (scrambled eggs, queso, sauteed spinach and mushrooms), Huevos Con Queso (scrambled eggs, queso), and Huevos Con Beyond Meat (scrambled eggs, queso, beyond meat with Petra’s seasonings). All of Lanea’s Brunch Street Tacos are handmade to order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas. 

Located two blocks from the beach, Lanea offers an extensive variety of over 400 hand-selected Mezcals and tequilas. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared by Petra Zavaleta, who hails from Tepeaca, Puebla, and rose to foodie fame with her underground barbacoa pop-ups, and later opened their eatery Barbakush in East L.A. Praised as one of the best Mexican eateries on the Westside, Petra and her family source their lamb locally from Chino Hills and prepare their barbacoa in an earthen pit, cooking it slowly over an open fire. Offering five different styles of classic tacos on their handmade-to-order corn tortillas, as well as chips and guacamole, they are the perfect complement to Lanea’s unique cocktail menu.

“It’s been a difficult time for Santa Monica’s small businesses to overcome the hurdles the pandemic has brought us. Petra and I, who are both immigrants, alongside our other partners, are really thankful and humbled by the local support as we continue to offer a safe, affordable outlet for the local community,” says owner Peter Trinh. “Come by and check out our new to-go small batched cocktails, canned in-house or our handmade gluten-free tacos.”

Lanea has revamped their landscape and dining experience to safely accommodate customers, implementing the necessary protocols, to enhance the safety of patrons with regards to COVID-19. Lanea has added outdoor dining and UV-light sanitizing, and hand sanitizer is readily available with contactless ordering and payment to further project from the spread of COVID-19.

Patrons can enjoy a variety of taco offerings including Barbacoa Tacos, wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours; Asada Tacos, grilled steak seasoned with Petra’s seasoning; Pollo Tacos grilled chicken seasoned with Petra’s seasonings; Vegetarian Tacos, with mushrooms and spinach; Pescado con Mango Taco, tilapia served with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and Mexican cream. All tacos are handmade-to-order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas, with the option to make any of the tacos into quesadillas.

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

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Lanea, Cult, The Craftsman Celebrate National Tequila Day

Enjoy National Tequila Day at the Cocktail Crawl and Block Party on July 24th in Downtown Santa Monica! Local venues Lanea, Cult and The Craftsman are coming together to celebrate with tequila tastings, food and drink specials DJs, and live music!

Tickets are available HERE

VIP tickets are $25 and include:

  • Cocktail Crawl Block Party with live DJs and Bands
  • 2 Drink Tickets for Tequila Cocktails at Cult or Lanea
  • 1 Tequila Tasting Ticket
  • $8 featured tequila cocktails at each location
  • Additional Food & Drink Specials
  • A chance to win a Grande Fiesta Pack from Lanea containing eight tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four handmade canned cocktails, a mini piata and 2 signed canned cocktails by the Chainsmokers (value $100)

About Lanea

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.

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Burger & Lobster DIY Roll Kit Launch

READY TO FIRE UP THAT BACKYARD BBQ THIS 4TH OF JULY?

THE LAUNCH OF THEIR CHEF-CRAFTED, LIMITED-EDITION “DIY” BURGER AND LOBSTER ROLL KITS

Available Now and Delivered Right to Your Door, Get Ready to Cook Up a Wonderfully Unexpected, Premium Menu Choice for Your July 4th Feast – They’re the Perfect Box to Help you Celebrate our Independence from Mask-Mandates and Public Dining Restrictions

Burger & Lobster – the British-born restaurant brand that crafts prime burgers, serves wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters, and shakes up a tempting cocktail list with two restaurants in New York City – has curated the ultimate burger and lobster roll DIY kits to elevate backyard barbecues with its fan favorites – the Original Burger and Original Lobster Roll.

For those still not ready to go mask-less and dine indoors, Burger & Lobster is delivering their kits to kitchens across the Tri-state area, giving surf-and-turfers the fixings for the best burgers and lobster rolls in a fun DIY experience.

One of the things New Yorkers told us they missed most while we were closed during the pandemic was not being able to satisfy their cravings for our Original Burger and Lobster Roll,” said Chef Danny Lee, Burger & Lobster. “With our recent reopening, we wanted to not only welcome back our neighbors but to bring the best Burger & Lobster experience to more people in and around the Tri-State area which inspired our DIY Kits to make dining both fun and fresh from home.”

WHAT’S IN EACH KIT

Burger & Lobster is offering four variations of DIY Meal Kits:

  1. Original Burgers for 4,complete with four 10oz Nebraskan beef patties with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, pickled onions, and the brand’s secret burger sauce ($55.00)
  2. Original Burgers for 8,complete with four 10oz Nebraskan beef patties with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, pickled onions, and the brand’s secret burger sauce ($90.00)
  3. Original Lobster Rolls for 4,complete with lobster for four dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon and served with lemon and garlic butter in the brand’s signature brioche roll ($90.00)
  4. Original Lobster Rolls for 8,complete with lobster for eight dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon and served with lemon and garlic butter in the brand’s signature brioche roll ($160.00)

Each kit comes with personally Chef-crafted and easy to follow recipe cards to ensure that you nail recreating these Burger & Lobster classics at home. Tips from Chef Lee himself: don’t squeeze the lobster meat… and leave the beef out a half-hour before cooking for a better experience!

WHO CAN ORDER

Burger & Lobster’s DIY Kits are available for two-day delivery within the New York City five boroughs, the Tri-State Metropolitan area and surrounding areas up to 150 miles from its flagship restaurant in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.

For those not able to visit New York City – or don’t yet feel comfortable commuting in – to dine at Burger & Lobster restaurants, for the first time since it reopened its Flatiron restaurant, Burger & Lobster is making it easy for them to enjoy its much-loved menu items without leaving home.

HOW TO ORDER

To order one or more of these tasty, limited edition DIY Kits, it’s a simple click of a link to the brand’s New York Shop.

Burger & Lobster DIY kits are available for delivery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with order cut offs being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively by 2:00 pm.  Orders received by 2:00 pm are packed and shipped the day following and arrive at front doorsteps the following day. Kits are available for a limited time through the summer, and further extensions are still in discussions. Be sure to get yours now!

IN-RESTAURANT DINING RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE ONLINE

Flatiron (NOW OPEN)

Bryant Park (OPENS JULY 1)

ABOUT BURGER & LOBSTER

Burger & Lobster was launched in Mayfair, England by four schoolmates in 2011. They had set out to open a restaurant where the focus was on perfecting the craft of just one or two main ingredients. Since then, Burger & Lobster has been bringing live, wild Atlantic lobsters and prime cut Nebraskan burgers to fun and passionate personalities around the world, who share their appetite for creativity. Simplicity is at the core of the Burger & Lobster concept with respect for great food and quality service. With nine sites in London, two in New York and a further three in Bangkok, Genting and Kuwait City, all restaurants feature live lobsters that are flown in from Nova Scotia, Canada and beef from cattle ranchers in Nebraska. The restaurants work tirelessly with the families that supply the ingredients to this mono-product offering to ensure the absolute best quality.

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BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
BURGER & LOBSTER kit image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
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Fresh N Lean Names David Belford Chief Financial Officer

America’s leading organic Ready-to-Eat (RTE) prepared meal delivery company, Fresh N’ Lean today announces that David Belford has been named Chief Financial Officer at the growing, profitable family business that is disrupting the direct-to-consumer (DTC) meal delivery space.

“With his extensive financial expertise and network, David is a key executive to lead Fresh N’ Lean into the next phase of our growth,” said founder and co-CEO Laureen Asseo. Asseo, named to Forbes 30 under 30 in 2019, founded the company eleven years ago in her apartment making fresh, organic meals for family and friends. The company has since grown to become the largest independent organic meal delivery company in the U.S. and is leading the revolution in healthy eating.

As CFO, Belford will focus on capital markets initiatives to support the company’s continued growth trajectory and to transition from a family-owned business into the top player within the RTE space. The company has generated positive EBITDA for over five years and was named to the Inc. 500 list in 2019. In 2020, Fresh N’ Lean grew sales by over 200% as consumers continued to embrace healthier options and the convenience of direct delivery.

Prior to joining Fresh N’ Lean, Belford served as Chief Credit Officer and Head of Asset Management for Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNC), a $5.0 billion mortgage REIT, and as Deputy Portfolio Manager for Colony Capital, Inc.’s (NYSE: CLNY) private funds series with over $3.0 billion of assets under management. His previous roles at Colony Capital included the head of US co-investments and the co-head of the London office.

“Fresh N’ Lean is an incredibly compelling combination of DTC technology, marketing and manufacturing that is perfectly positioned to use tailwinds to grab market share away from incumbent grocers and CPGs” said Belford. “We’re in the midst of a food revolution in this country where the entire landscape is shifting under our feet. No one could have imagined the dramatic surge we’ve seen recently in the demand for organic ingredients, sustainability and convenience. I’m excited to be joining the company at this crucial juncture to help take the business to the next level.”

“David’s experience and network will be a critical factor in our company’s expansion,” added Thomas Asseo, Laureen’s brother who serves as co-CEO. “He has a deep understanding of our brand, the consumer and the marketplace which will play a valuable role in our future.”

Belford holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, an MBA from the Wharton School and a Master of International Affairs from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Fresh N’ Lean

Fresh N’ Lean is the leading independent technology, marketing & manufacturing platform currently disrupting the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) sector for healthy, Ready-to-Eat (RTE) meals. The company specializes in over 100 organic-sourced dishes covering keto, paleo, vegan, protein and vegetarian diets, all completely free of preservatives, gluten, hormones, and added sugars. Founded in 2010 and led by sister-brother duo Laureen and Thomas Asseo, Fresh N’ Lean continues to lead the revolution in human potential through healthy eating delivered fresh to your door.

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Lanea Celebrating National Paloma Day and Memorial Day

Santa Monica’s Premier Cocktail Bar & Taqueria, Lanea is celebrating National Paloma Day on May 22 all month long with a 4-pack of Paloma cocktails for $20, with a portion of all cocktail sales benefiting those with mental health issues within the restaurant industry. National Paloma Day celebrates the Paloma, Mexico’s national drink. Memorial Day Weekend festivities include a variety of Picnic Party Pack options for a perfect day at the beach, and an interactive Cocktail Canning Pop-Up Experience on the Third Street Promenade. 

For National Paloma Day, when patrons purchase a 4-pack of Paloma Thirst-Trap Cocktails, they will also receive a limited-edition, JAJA Tequila tote bag. In addition, a portion of Paloma Cocktail sales from the month of May will go to the  I Got Your Back Project. I Got Your Back teaches hospitality industry employees to look for warning signs, creates acceptance and a safe environment to talk about personal crises, and provides access to resources for those struggling to help support mental health issues within the restaurant industry. 

With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, Lanea is the perfect spot to stop before heading to the beach. Lanea has several Picnic Party Packs to choose from such as the “Picnic” (6 tacos, 2 cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a Mexican serape blanket), the “JAJA Juego Pack” (6 tacos, 2 JAJA cocktails, chips, pico de gallo, Mexican Serape blanket and a pack of  “What Do You Meme” cards), the “Mini Fiesta,” (4 tacos, 2 JAJA cocktails, chips & pico de gallo and a mini piatta) and “Chill in the Sun Pack” (4 tacos, 2 cocktails, chips, pico de gallo, sunglasses). 

About Lanea:

Lanea is a cocktail bar, located one block from the Santa Monica Pier, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from family-run restaurant: Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas.

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