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Adulting is hard, and having to feed yourself everyday is arguably the hardest part about it.
If you’ve got the cooking thing down, you probably spend hundreds of dollars each month on groceries and hours each week preparing your meals.
If you opt for buying your meals everyday, you’re probably spending hundreds of dollars on delivery orders, expensive salads and pizza cravings.
A potential solution?
MealPass. For $99 a month – breaking down to about $5 a day – you get lunch every weekday from one of the best restaurants in Downtown Miami & Brickell.
Launching this week, the platform seeks to provide locals with affordable lunch options while helping restaurants put their name and menu on the map.
Here’s how it works: Starting at 7 p.m. the night before, users can log in to see the menu for the following day, make their pick and head out to pick up at lunchtime. Participating restaurants offer one prix fixe meal a day.
On Thursday, Jan. 14, MealPass hosted their official launch party with more than 300 eager foodies in attendance for a sneak peek at the restaurants on board.
According to conversations I had with participating restaurants, they take a portion of the subscription dollars and are mostly eager for the added revenue on the backend through exposure of their restaurant.
“This will help people tell others about our location, come for other meals throughout the day, and we anticipate to start seeing more traffic,” said a team member from Spaghettino. “We are very excited to be a part of this program.”
MealPass founders Mary Biggins and Katie Ghelli were inspired to launch the program from their own dining experiences in college. They enjoyed finding new places to eat and wanted to consolidate the options in Miami to help locals expand their dining routine.
“We’re excited to help consumers easily discover all the best lunch options in Brickell,” Ghelli told RISE NEWS.
Mary Biggins is also co-founder of a similar and widely successful program, ClassPass.
With ClassPass, subscribers pay $99 a month to take classes at dozens of different fitness studios in a given city.
The company receives a bulk discount on classes from their providers in exchange for helping them reach new customers. According to the company, more than 10.8 million reservations were made in 2015 – a 700% leap from the year before.
Unlike ClassPass, which has a three-time per month limit per studio, MealPass does not have restrictions as menus will rotate daily and the company doesn’t anticipate users will want to eat the same thing every day.
The menu has a wide selection.
Friday’s menu included Chicken Teriyaki from Sushi Maki, Chicken Mac & Cheese from American Social, Sausage, Egg & Cheese from Toasted, Cheese Quesadillas from Batch, Couscous Fish Salad from Fit2Go, and more than 50 other decadent options to choose from.
If you’re looking to indulge in lunch from some of the best restaurants in our city for only $99 a month, you can sign up at www.mealpass.com.
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Rise News partner MIAbites and The Liquid Projects present: Taco & Tequila Showdown #TNTShowdown on November 8th and tickets are ON SALE for $65 pp thru Eventbrite link here
There’s no hotter duo in food and beverage right now than tacos and tequila. So now…imagine 12 of Miami’s hottest chefs and taquerias making their interpretation of the best taco, each aside a bartender making a bespoke tequila cocktail to pair with each taco and then judged to crown the winners. The Liquid Projects and MIAbites present the hottest event of the year:
The Taco & Tequila Showdown (#TNTShowdown)
at Vagabond Restaurant and Bar -Sunday November 8, 2015 6-9 pm
Each of the participating chefs, led by Vagabond Restaurant & Bar host chef, Alex Chang, will create their signature taco using either soft or hard, corn or flour tortillas and be as creative as they want with the ingredients. Attendees will have chance to vote for the Peoples Choice for favorite taco and favorite tequila drink, while an esteemed panel of judges led by The Miami Herald Food Editor, Evan Benn, Broken Shaker alum, Gabe Orta, Adri Garcia, of Verde Kitchen Cafe, and food blogger, Nidal Barake @YoCulinario will select their Best in Show winners.
It is our belief that no food and beverage event would be complete without including and supporting a local industry non-profit. Therefore, we are delighted to partner with the Urban Oasis Project, (think Upper East Side Farmers Market – close to Vagabond) and founder of Verde Community Gardens Market and Cafe who has joined us to work with our chefs and bartenders with 20% of ticket sales donated to UOP to support their program of doubling the value of food stamps at local Farmer’s Markets.
EVENT DATE: Sunday November 8, 2015 6 -9 pm
PLACE: Vagabond Restaurant and Bar – 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL (Valet parking available)
TICKETS: $65 advance sale / $70 at door- Available thru Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taco-tequila-showdown-tntshowdown-tickets-18300424061
PARTICIPATING CHEFS ( in alphabetical order ):
Chef Bee– Oishi Thai
Aaron Brooks– EDGE Steak and Bar
Jeremiah Bullfrog– GastroPod
Alex Chang– Vagabond Restaurant & Bar
Todd Erickson– HuaHuas
Richard Hales – Centro Taco
Bradley Kilgore– Alter
Niven Patel– Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Romero Ramirez– Taqueria Morelia/Homestead
Giorgio Rapacavoli– Eating House
Steve Santana– Taquiza
And FOOD TRUCK: BC Taco Truck
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample creative tacos and tequila from Miami’s top chefs and mixologists while hanging out at the very hip Mid-Century Modern Vagabond Restaurant and Bar. Limited availability so get your tickets now!
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