Food

GrubHub files for $100M IPO

After buying up several of its competitors, GrubHub has announced its intentions to take its online digital food delivery and takeout operation public.

Food52 partners with Rap Genius to let users annotate recipes

Rap Genius started out as a website that lets fans annotate rap lyrics, but it’s expanded to allow annotation of lots of different types of content. Cooking site Food52 has partnered with Rap Genius to let users annotate recipes, and Sheryl Sandberg annotated the first chapter of Lean In.

Gojee jumps from food recipes to add high-end fashion discovery

Looking for high-end fashion ideas in addition to the perfect lasagna recipe? Gojee’s new fashion verticals might seem like an odd fit, but when you look at the company’s approach toward quality products and visual discovery, suddenly the new additions make a lot of sense.

Hacking Meat: Can technology make us eat fewer animals?

Silicon valley may be looking toward in-vitro meat as the cuisine of the future, but there are plenty in the food and tech industries looking at alternatives. They’re getting together in New York to explore other ways technology can reduce our dependence on meat.

Cheap eats in New York — the video edition!

The growth of YouTube video channels are leading to new partnerships that let print publications expand their brand into the video space. One example is New York magazine which is showcasing fish sandwiches and other highlights from its annual cheap eats issue.

Recipe curator Gojee launches iOS, Android apps

Gojee has been using ingredient data to recommend recipes and track pantry staples on the web for a year. Now it’s final ready to make its service portable. Today it launched mobile apps for Android, the iPhone and the iPad.

Wine site Snooth builds a virtual sommelier for Springpad

Snooth is making wine recommendations on every recipe that Springpad users clip. Rather than hire an army of sommeliers to suggest pairings for the countless recipes on the web, Snoot has built an algorithm that deconstructs recipes and matches them to their ideal wine profiles.

Foodspotting moves to ensure you don’t need Yelp’s app

Foodspotting is putting great services offered by Yelp right into its social food-finding app: reviews, as well as OpenTable reservations and menu pages from Single Platform. Plus: Restaurants will find more informative dashboard pages and users will see far more data on their profile pages.

Just-Eat plans to devour rivals with $64m funding

European online food delivery service Just-Eat plans to consolidate its position as the industry’s global leader with a bumper new round of funding led by private equity group Vitruvian. And that means more expansion and more acquisition.

Forget recipes, Food52 wants to crowdsource cooking itself

Since its launch in 2009, Food52 has become a premier destination for community-vetted recipes online, but its founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs have grown even more ambitious. They want to build a crowdsourced clearinghouse of culinary knowledge that cooks can access anywhere on the Web.

YumvY aims to make recipes easy for wannabe chefs

Finding a recipe is easy. Cooking it can be tough. Startup YumvY hopes to change that with a GPS-style step-by-step Web app that takes those of us who haven’t been to culinary school through the process of getting dinner on the table.

Condé Nast starts clipping recipes with ZipList buy

The aim of ZipList has always been to work with the big food media brands, and now it’s getting its wish. Condé Nast has acquired ZipList for an undisclosed amount, linking the startup with some of the biggest food titles both on and off the Web.

iFood.tv lands on connected TVs, expands mobile strategy

After years of building up its cooking video library, iFood.tv is making the move to both bigger and smaller screens. This week, it plans to launch apps for the Boxee, Google and Yahoo connected TV platforms, while last week it launched its first Android app.

This is cool: An open data standard for food

An open data standard for food has emerged on the web. This way restaurants, food apps, grocery stores, the government and other interested parties can tell that arugula is also rocket salad, no matter where on the web it occurs.

The rise of the subscription commerce startup

A number of companies are emerging to build businesses with recurring revenue streams based on serving up monthly packages of food, beauty, clothing and other products. The so-called subscription commerce market is expanding rapidly — but what’s behind the trend, and why are consumers signing up?

Foodspotting makeover emphasizes personalized dish discovery

Just in time for its second birthday, food-finding app Foodspotting is rolling out some major design changes. Starting Wednesday, regular users of the app will notice a redesigned interface and a new logo, meant to emphasize new personalization and social features.

Eater and HowAboutWe launch dating service for foodies

Eater.com, the popular blog network that covers bar and restaurant news across 15 metropolitan areas, has teamed up with online matchmaking service HowAboutWe to launch “Eater Dating.” The service will encourage people to set up foodie-centric first dates, such as “Eat oysters at the Ferry Building.”

Why it’s impossible to build a digital recipe library

When you find that perfect recipe on the web, you want to hold on to it. We tested several recipe apps with the aim of creating a digital library of culinary masterpieces. But we discovered that while recipe aggregation tools are useful, they still fall short.

Foodily goes mobile with a yummy new iPhone app

Foodily, the website that lets you find recipes and share them with your Facebook friends, has launched a superslick offering for the iPhone. A big benefit that’s new to the iPhone app is that users can post personal photos of their latest culinary creations.

Google Ventures-backed Nosh checks into Google Places

Mobile app Nosh launched just three months ago from Firespotter Labs, whose CEO Craig Walker was one of the founders of Google Voice. It now has 1 million ratings of dishes and on Tuesday the company announced a series of updates, including integration of Google Places.

Foodspotting spots daily deals with Scoutmob

Foodspotting, the app for finding and rating restaurant dishes, is getting in on the daily deals action. It plans to announce Tuesday that it is hooking up with Atlanta-based local deals purveyor Scoutmob to offer 50 percent and 100 percent off coupons for nearby restaurants.

Nosh, an app to make your mouth water

Firepotter Labs, an incubator of sorts backed by Google and co-founded by Craig Walker, released Nosh, an app that lets users check in, rate, review and share menu items. It’s like a cross between Foursquare and Yelp for dishes.

PlayOn Opens Up API, Gets a Bunch of New Channels

PlayOn users will soon get a lot more content options, as the software maker has opened up its API, enabling users to build channels for their own favorite content sources. Already users have developed 20 new channels, including some for Food Network, Lifetime and TV Land.

Making Food Fit for the Web

Food is the next frontier for mobile, big data and web services to change our lives, but in order to make that happen we need open standards, or any kind of standards for identifying ingredients, importing recipes and tracking nutritional data.

Foodspotting Gets Funding for Food-Based Social Network

Foodspotting, a startup that allows users to share photos of their favorite dishes with friends and other food-lovers, has landed a $750,000 seed round from a series of investors led by Aydin Senkut and Dave McClure’s 500 Startups fund, as well as Google executive Steve Lee.