The AgTech Update: 3 Tech Stories You May Have Missed This Week

The tech world moves at rapid speed and it can be hard to keep up.  Emoji dinners, restaurant delivery via social media, and dining data apps are a few fun things happening in the restaurant industry.

Here’s what you’ve missed.

Facebook Restaurant Delivery Service

Facebook expanded its food delivery service, allowing users to order meals from local restaurants, national restaurant chains and food ordering services, all within its app. People will be able to browse restaurants near them and place an order for delivery.  Facebook follows other tech giants like Google and Amazon who currently offer a similar service through Google Maps and Amazon Prime.

Emoji Dinner

I’ll take a 🥓🍔  with 🍟 please. One Dallas restaurant hosted their first emoji dinner to a sold-out crowd. Dallas Fish Market hosted a $65 six-course dinner, featuring a menu of only emoji’s. Guest took tons of photos and the event trended across social media. The event was so successful, the restaurant will likely offer the emoji dinner quarterly as part of its monthly series of dinners.

Dallas Fish Market isn’t the first to capitalize on the emoji trend. Nafees Alam, owner of the Dallas eatery got the idea from an ice cream shop in Singapore, that offered its menu board in emojis. A London restaurant, The Little Yellow Door has regular emoji menu dinners and Gaggan in Thailand has only emojis on its 20-plus-course menu.  You also may recall that Domino’s Pizza rolled out its emoji-based menus with its Domino’s AnyWare program, last year.

Dish Level Data for Real-Time Menu Planning

Celebrity Chef, Jamie Oliver is remodeling his menu and other operations at his Italian restaurants in the UK, based on real-time customer feedback. He partnered with the restaurant-feedback platform, Yumpingo to gather data from the end of service surveys to get a numbers-driven overview of the customer experience. Yumpingo, promises to help restaurants develop better menus based on what is and isn’t working in the restaurant, down to individual menu items. Other platforms like HowYa are also busy testing and improving the concept of data-driven customer feedback.