These food startups rely on your mood, preferences

NEW YORK–AlleyBoost is one of the few tech meetups in the city that almost always starts on time, precisely because it’s set up like a class, complete with school desks and a blackboard. But that’s also because it’s often held at Mercy College where Professor Wazi holds fort as moderator. It’s a classroom for stasrtups.

When you go the AlleyBoost’s meetups, the demonstrations are almost stripped to the bare minimum at times with founders letting their voice, without the crutch of a Powerpoint slide presentation, do most of the showmanship. It’s certainly for the early startup, those still finding their identity and testing if their startups have legs to compete out there.

Last April 26, AlleyBoost showcased startups CraveFeed and Friendly Reminder with guests Alex Lorton, co-founder of, Daniel Buelhoff, CEO and co-founder of YummChef, Kris Schumacher, co-founder of Nextdoorganics, and Allison R. Stewart, strategic partnerships manager at FOODX.

“Instagram meets Google Shopping” is how Cravefeed envisions its startup. It hopes to suggest food selections based on your mood and feelings and hopes to partner with Grubhub and for deliveries. Cravefeed hopes the audience will share their cravings the way they share their food photos on Instagram.  

Friendly Reminders, on the other hand, sees an opportunity in helping a dinner host prepare meals with dietary restrictions and food preferences to big groups.  This would certainly be good for those with guests with food allergies. is trying to transform how offices eat by matching small food vendors with companies in need of catering. Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, the company also serves New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, DC, Boston and other cities. sources one-of-a-kind meals from local farmers market purveyors, food trucks, boutique caterers, chef-owned restaurants and more, and connects these exciting food makers with businesses of all sizes, effortlessly managing every step of the planning and delivery process. has served thousands of top companies and has partnered with thousands of food providers, featuring numerous national and local award-winning chefs.

Buelhoff’s Yummchef is an instant booking marketplace that connects chefs with food lovers. Local chefs create great recipes and meals, make pre-portioned ready-to-heat meals or cooking kits also with pre-portioned ingredients for fast home-cooking. It’s a same-day delivery service.

Schumacher’s Nextdoorganics brings curated weekly packages of the highest quality sustainable, traceable local organic foods. From our Brooklyn home base, we’ve connected with nearby farms and small-batch food makers to give you fresh produce, pastured meats, line caught fish, artisanal pantry items, and house made snacks.

A night of food startups would not be complete without FOODX, the first international business accelerator program specializing in food-related ventures. It constantly develops an ecosystem of community partners, organizations, investors, and individuals to fuel its success.

Dennis Clemente

Shuttling between New York and other US cities, Dennis writes about tech meetups when he's not too busy working as a Web Developer/Producer + UX Writer and Digital Marketer.

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