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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Computer-Curated Culinary Creations, with IBM's Chef Watson

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM

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Some say that one of the key differences between humans and computers is the ability to be creative — to devise something as unprecedented as a Jackson Pollock or influential as Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Sure, a PC can process at incredible speeds, but what role does it have in cultural or culinary creativity?

A rather large one, as it turns out.

This Thursday, October 1st, IBM’s Chef Watson (the same cognitive system that won Jeopardy! in 2011) will be showing off in the kitchen in front of an intimate gathering of IBM executives and partners. The event, which will take place at SF’s Cookhouse, is being organized by the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in partnership with IBM, who just announced last week that they're preparing to open a Watson office in SF.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

How Food Delivery Service Thistle Changed The Way I Eat

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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I am insanely carnivorous.

I have bacon with my breakfast at least every other day. I cook a ridiculous Ducasse method cast-iron New York steak on the regular. I eat so much pho that multiple Vietnamese restaurants in the city know me by name when I walk in.

So when I investigated the Berkeley-based Thistle's organic, primarily plant-based, and locally-sourced “healthy food and cold-pressed juice” subscription/delivery service, I had my doubts.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Restaurant Review Site Aims to Be the Anti-Yelp

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Happy 10th birthday Yelp, but don't get too comfortable.

At the Infatuation, co-founders Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang craft restaurant reviews that they believe to resonate with the voices of their generation. Based in New York City, the Infatuation launched their first expansion in San Francisco on Monday with Max Child, a self-acclaimed “food nerd,” as their correspondent.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Meet PuurBuy, the App Designed to Find Sustainable Meals

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM


Yelp is just so 2010! Depending on it is reminiscent of the days when San Franciscans used to toss their orange peels and disposable forks into the garbage. But, for those of us who still need a little help from our phones when choosing dinner, PuurBuy has an app for that: A free download with listings of sustainable, healthy restaurant including photos, prices and information on the quality and sourcing of menu items.

The beta iPhone application launched Sunday.

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