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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

David Chang Announces Pilot Food Delivery Service in New York

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

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San Francisco has been enjoying the benefits of on-demand meal services like Sprig and Spoonrocket for a while now, but the trend is finally moving east.

The New York Times reported today that maverick New York chef David Chang has announced plans to create his own food delivery startup called Maple, which will no doubt make this space even hotter.

Maple will use algorithms to find the right location for distribution centers and use technology for better packaging. Its initial funding is $4 million, and a typical dish may run $12-$15, including tax, tip, and delivery. Chang will be exec chef, but he will work with other New York chefs and farms to craft his dishes.

Meanwhile, our local service Sprig has turned one year old and is celebrating its 260,000 meals delivered with extended hours (including Sundays!) and a special menu on Thursday featuring mini-caramel apples with each order.

The service has had a few stumbles, notably with its guest chef nights and a recent announcement about Uber-like surge pricing, but I think it's consistently the best of the on-demand dinner services.

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Anna Roth

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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