Have you ever wondered how restaurants decide how much food to buy? For example, what if one day, all your diners want salmon, but next week it’s all about beef? Will there be lots of really tasty, but unused salmon in their fridge? Sometimes!
Although we tend to think of food waste individually or in households, it is a problem in restaurants (and grocery stores, bakeries, agriculture, etc.) too. And that’s where new apps get called Too Good To Go come in, sell These are excellent foods but are perishable straight away to the consumer at a deep discount. Here’s what you need to know.
How it works
The idea behind the app is to connect customers (like us) with local restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores who happen to have excess food, groceries and ingredients – reducing our food waste and grocery bills in the process. Too Good to Go started in Copenhagen in 2016 and now operates in 15 countries. So far in the United States, it’s only available in New York City and Boston Washington, DC and Philadelphia most likely next.
If you live in New York or Boston and want to try it, start by downloading the application from your regular application provider (free), enter your email address to register, then provide a physical address or provide application access to your location. From there, you’ll get a list of foods available in your area, listed by establishment and providing information on what’s available, how much it costs, and how many units are left for the day (tends to run out quickly).
So, for example, earlier today, the Murray’s Cheese location near me offered me a surprise “milk bag” for $ 3.99 – which is very reasonable for their product. (It’s sold out.) There’s also a surprise meal at a local Mexican restaurant for $ 4.99 which is usually $ 15.
And that’s another thing: often times, you don’t know exactly what you’ll get in a surprise bag or with a surprise meal – so if you have a food allergy, this might not be the best option for you. (Or call the restaurant to find out what’s available that day.)
Additionally, you have to physically go to the diner to collect your own food, and often need to carry your own bag. But that’s a small price to pay for a delicious and affordable surprise meal.