Eatsa is expanding beyond quinoa
Eatsa’s robots have been super busy lately with a relaunch of the automat’s app, and menu expansion (currently Bay Area only). Now the quinoa-centric food place offers noodle bowls, like a spicy Thai curry, and different ways to order. There’s also an automatically implemented discount program based on how often you visit— the more you go, the more you save. (Keep in mind that the more you go, the more quinoa you will have to eat.) The reboot coincided with news of a federal class action lawsuit filed by the American Council of the Blind as a leading plaintiff, alleging that inaccessible kiosks and automated serving technology constitute a violation of civil rights law. No changes in that regard appear to have been made to the reboot, but stay tuned.
Double 8 Dairy is making water buffalo mozzarella di bufala
These water buffaloes are already beloved for their tasty milk, which goes into Bay Area gelato like that of Liz Prueitt’s Tartine Cookies and Cream soft serves. Now, farmer Andrew Zlot is making mozzarella di bufala out of the sweet and fatty milk. Keep an eye out for the product at local restaurants like SPQR, Quince, Delfina, Perbacco, and A16.
Nominate a chef for the Basque Culinary World Prize
There’s a new culinary prize up for grabs, and this one is more dedicated to bettering the world than most. Granted by the Basque Culinary Centre in San Sebastien, Spain, the prize is part of a strategy from the Euskadi-Basque government to promote “intrinsic Euskadi values such as hard work and compromise, the capacity to excel, a vocation for transformation and the creation of equal opportunities for men and women.” Chefs can be nominated by industry folk (food writers, fellow chefs, etc.) to win 100,000 euros that they can give to the project of their choice that “expresses the transformative power of cuisine.” Here are the FAQs for nominations, which launched March 24.
Chef Dominique Crenn is planting trees in Haiti
Along with a cadre of celebrity chefs, Crenn has started The Root Project, which intends to plant one million coffee and cacao trees in Haiti. It’s an effort to help the country get back on track after devastating Hurricane Matthew destroyed massive amounts of crops in the impoverished country. The chef just launched a fundraising campaign; donate here.
Coin-Op Game Room will let you play for free
Well, sometimes. The bar and restaurant with a large selection of arcade games is now hosting a Sunday Free Play, where guests can play for free on all pinball machines and arcade games from 4 p.m. to close, on the last Sunday of every month.