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Application: Local Yum LLC

Local Yum is a start-up focused on using food to connect people and make everyone feel welcomed in the community. Imagine what it will be like if you can remove the divide between the tables at restaurants. The great people you can meet and the new ideas that can be created simply by enjoying a meal with the stranger sitting next to you. Local Yum uses technology to makes it easy to create and sign up for dining events. Anyone can host an event and use food as an excuse to gather people around a common interest. Anyone can join an event if they are open-minded and want to meet new people.

We take everything that might distract you from enjoying a great conversation and move it into the sign-up process. For example, you will not need to stop your conversation to analyze the menu, because you would already have chosen your dish in advance. You will no longer need to worry about waiving down the server at the end of the meal to settle the bill, because you would have already paid in advance.

The idea is, on the day of the event, you do not need to worry about anything but enjoying a social dining experience across a communal table. Local Yum looks to make dining out feel like going to a friend’s place instead of going to an established restaurant. We are starting our quest to enable a more connected community by reaching out to restaurants and hosting events in March 2014.

Submitted on March 11, 2014

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