Momofuku joins Goldbelly as delivery service sees Covid pandemic boom

first_imgGoldbelly founder and CEO Joe ArielSource: Goldbelly Like DoorDash and Grubhub, Goldbelly is one of the beneficiaries of the abrupt shift in behavior. It’s almost doubled its restaurant and customer count on its website this year, with establishments like Shake Shack, the burger chain founded by Meyer, joining its ranks. Including Momofuku, the company has nearly 700 restaurants listed on its marketplace.“Many partners who were interested but somewhat reluctant have now embraced giving the platform a chance and said to us that they couldn’t believe they hadn’t done it sooner,” Ariel said.‘Gravy seals’ hunt for regional cravesBut Goldbelly also has some key differences from the third-party delivery apps that work with local restaurants. It ships food items anywhere in the country, rather than being bound by a two- or three-mile radius. Restaurants have the freedom to fulfill their orders during lulls, like mid-afternoon or at midnight, when the kitchen is closed to takeout and delivery customers.- Advertisement – The company also works with the restaurants to decide on the price that the consumer pays, which ultimately includes the platform’s transaction fees and the hefty expense of overnight shipping the food anywhere in the country. The food can come frozen, already assembled or as parts of a meal kit to cook the dish easily.A more frequent treatUltimately, the New York bagels or Philadelphia cheesesteaks will cost more than if a customer bought them in person. But the service is for consumers who find themselves far flung from the comfort food they want to eat. And as the current crisis restricts travel and some consumers decamp to the suburbs, they are willing to pay the premium price. The service has also transitioned from being used for special occasions to something sought out more frequently.“As the world has changed, it’s become much more of a weekly and monthly event,” Ariel said.The fourth quarter is typically Goldbelly’s busiest time of the year, thanks to the holidays, according to Ariel. The approach of Thanksgiving means an influx of orders for pies, specialty side dishes and turduckens.“This year, it’s going to be a different level because people aren’t traveling to see their families,” Ariel said.Goldbelly customers are buying multiple items to ship to different people, creating their own virtual Thanksgiving dinners via Zoom. Corporate employers are looking to give their workers and clients Goldbelly’s meal kits and virtual cooking classes in place of in-person office parties.Of course, the pandemic is also introducing new challenges to Goldbelly. Vaccine makers are worried about potential delays in their rollouts due to a shortage of dry ice. Goldbelly’s merchants use the solid form of carbon dioxide for shipping some of their items, like ice cream, across the country overnight.Goldbelly has an entire department devoted to brainstorming how to keep food items frozen — or at least cold — before they arrive to customers.“It’s something we’re keeping our eyes opened for, but we have a few different approaches to attacking that before it becomes more of an issue,” Ariel said, adding that the majority of Goldbelly orders do not use dry ice.For Goldbelly and the rest of the world, a vaccine also means a return to traveling, dining inside restaurants and all of the other occasions that were abandoned during the pandemic. But Ariel thinks that consumers will continue to order from Goldbelly as frequently as they are now.“We believe that the nationwide delivery of your favorite foods is going to continue to be a value proposition that’s really exciting for a lot of people, especially those that experienced it and made a deeper emotional connection with our brand and the platform during this time,” Ariel said. – Advertisement – And it’s the restaurants, rather than Goldbelly, that are responsible for creating and shipping their food items. The business model means that Goldbelly is profitable, according to Ariel.But eateries also benefit from joining the e-commerce site. Ariel said that some restaurants are seeing higher sales volumes on Goldbelly than from their dining rooms before the pandemic.The pandemic introduced another facet to the Goldbelly experience: live cooking classes with famous chefs like Daniel Boulud. The classes are free with the purchase of the related meal kit.Goldbelly uses a team of scouts, internally known as the “gravy seals,” to scour the country and social media for restaurants beloved by their customers or offering unique regional specialties. Eateries on the platform run the gamut from nationally known establishments to mom-and-pop restaurants.center_img – Advertisement – Goldbelly is adding chef David Chang’s Momofuku to its national delivery service as the coronavirus pandemic drives customers and restaurants to the e-commerce site in droves.CEO Joe Ariel founded Goldbelly in 2013, when he was living in New York City and couldn’t find a local restaurant to meet his hankering for Nashville hot chicken or Southern-style biscuits. It’s since raised more than $33 million in funding, and its latest round@m, in 2018, was led by restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Enlightened Hospitality Investments.Prior to the pandemic, Goldbelly was adding restaurants to the platform at a steady clip. But as lockdowns went into place across the United States, eateries that had previously eschewed delivery services and takeout had to pivot.- Advertisement – Customers dine at Momofuku’s outdoor seating in the East Village as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 26, 2020 in New York City.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Imageslast_img read more


St. Nicholas 8th VB Team OA Tourney Champs

first_imgSt. Nicholas 8th grade volleyball team won the Oldenburg Academy’s 8th Grade OA Classic volleyball tourney on Saturday, August 16.The day ended in a 3-way tie for 1st place between St. Nicholas, Sunman-Dearborn, and St. Louis. Sunman-Dearborn defeated St. Louis, St. Louis defeated St. Nicholas, and St. Nicholas defeated Sunman-Dearborn.St. Nicholas ended up with the best “win-loss” set record and defensive “point differential” of those teams to claim 1st place.It was an exciting day for all of the teams to kick off their school season!Members of St. Nicholas team include Maria Purdy, Grace Kraus, Molly Gregg, Coach Debbie Gregg, Maria Weisbrod, Sydney Bauman, Abby Hudepohl, Ashley Dudley, and Margaret Weisbrod.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg.last_img read more


Trevor Lawrence meets the most important standard for Clemson vs. UNC: Get the win

first_imgHe led the go-ahead drive with his arms — and legs — to keep the Tigers’ unbeaten streak alive at 20 games and improve his record as a starter to 16-0. He finished 18 of 30 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown, adding 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t Heisman-caliber statistics, but the sophomore quarterback turned it up when it mattered most. He made the plays when they were needed.SN’s TOP 40 PLAYERS: Lawrence at top of loaded classThis was Clemson’s closest call since Lawrence’s first start, against Syracuse last season. The Tigers and Heels were tied 14-14 after a fourth-and-1 stop by Clemson’s defense with 12:34 remaining in regulation. That’s when Lawrence — who was 6 of 14 for 36 yards in the third quarter — turned back the Tar Heels’ upset bid.His three carries for 16 yards on the drive helped set up a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins on third-and-6 that put Clemson up 21-14 with 9:54 remaining. The throw, however, forced Higgins to turn around.That has been the story with Lawrence this season. Ever since his 347-yard, three-touchdown performance in last January’s 44-16 victory over Alabama for the national championship, he has been held to an impossible standard: Heisman favorite, future No. 1 draft pick, future Super Bowl MVP.He is expected to be that quarterback on every throw, so the early-season interception bug and ho-hum statistical lines have been picked through as a result. Lawrence hasn’t produced to the level of Heisman favorites Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields or Joe Burrow. He is supposed to be dominating the ACC.MORE: Hurts opens Heisman lead with huge Big 12 debutClemson didn’t dominate North Carolina, but that’s not all on Lawrence. The Tar Heels drove for a potential game-tying touchdown after Clemson had pulled ahead, only to come up short as it went for the big upset. Clemson survived the onside kick and the game, both of which were closer than they needed to be.That’s going to be the rub for Clemson the rest of the way. The Tigers were a 2-point conversion away from being on the outside of a Playoff race that’s complicated by the Tigers’ low strength of schedule. Wake Forest is likely the only team remaining on Clemson’s regular-season schedule that will be ranked.There is good news, though: Clemson has time to reach that untouchable level, and its bye week comes at the right time. The Tigers should be more focused when they return against Florida State on Oct. 12.Here’s the bad news: This performance will leave Clemson with a perception problem. Alabama could be No. 1 on Sunday. The two-SEC-team argument is strengthening, and Ohio State still looks like it can play with Clemson. The Tigers might not get the championship benefit of the doubt if they lose a game in what’s considered a weak ACC. That is, unless Lawrence starts playing at that otherworldly level again. He doesn’t have to be the Heisman winner, No. 1 pick or future Super Bowl MVP. He just needs to be the quarterback who puts Clemson in position to win games and earn another shot at the Playoff.Also don’t lose sight of the fact Lawrence would still have had 1:17 on the clock had UNC converted the 2-point try and taken the lead. He probably would have put Clemson in position to win the game.Why would you expect anything less? Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance for Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game created unfair expectations for him and the defending national champions heading into 2019.Lawrence might still be fighting through those otherworldly expectations, but he proved his value once more in No. 1 Clemson’s 21-20 victory at North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels missed a 2-point conversion try and an onside kick in the final minute, but Lawrence had put the Tigers in position to win.last_img read more