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@Pizza Brand Brings Together Independent Pizzerias Under Uber Eats

Photo courtesy Expedite

Uber Eats is making some big moves lately. Earlier this week, the third-party delivery platform purchased Drizly, the alcohol e-commerce giant, for $1.1 Billion. Now, they’re shifting their focus to pizza.

According to Expedite’s release, a new umbrella brand called @pizza will house about 150 independent pizzerias.

So what’s that mean?

These 150 pizzerias from around the country will be exclusive for delivery under Uber Eats.

Lawrence Vavra, the founder and CEO of @pizza’s parent company @Restaurants, says that this project was intended to level the playing field against significant pizza chains. Joining this pizza group will not cost ma and pa shops extra, it seems. The independent restaurants are said to receive the same amount of money they would for any Uber Eats order.

The @pizza brand has also partnered with @FuckJerry to help promote the new initiative.

All the independent pizzerias under @pizza will appear in the Uber Eats app when ordering. Pizzas will be delivered in rebranded @pizza boxes with the Uber Eats logo on them.

Time will tell how successful this initiative is. Many consider the third-party platform harmful for a smaller business with their fees, so here’s hoping this genuinely shines a light on independent mom and pop pizzerias.

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The Great American Takeout: An Urgent Call To Support Your Favorite Restaurant On March 24

The restaurant industry has taken a serious beating over these last few weeks due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. With Americans staying home and practicing self-distancing, restaurants have seen a massive plunge in revenue — many of which have had to close their doors for the time being.

In an effort to support restaurants and restaurant workers across the nation, a coalition of restaurants are starting that they call The Great American Takeout.

Beginning tomorrow, March 24, here’s what everyone can do to support local restaurant and their workers:

  1. Folks are challenged to order at least one delivery or takeout meal to help the struggling restaurant industry.
  2. Encourage others to participate in the upcoming event on social media, using the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout
  3. Share a photo of your takeout after it arrives with the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout

Created by a coalition of restaurants that include Panda Express, Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Jason’s Deli, Veggie Grill, El Torito, California Pizza Kitchen, The Habit, Lemonade, Modern Market, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, PizzaRev, and Chevys, the group came up with an unconventional way to support their fellow struggling restaurant owners during these trying times.

The movement is a modern day Hands Across America, but with a little more social distancing and chicken wings. The idea is to get the ball rolling in the country’s minds that there are still restaurants open and in need of support in the weeks or months to come. Gotta think of a good spot to support for this tomorrow. Though, there are three meals in the day, right?


Iconic Katz’s Deli Making Its Way To Los Angeles

Quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast, now on Spotify and the Apple Podcasts App.

West coasters usually have to travel east to get a bite of Katz’s Deli’s famed pastrami sandwiches in New York, but Angelenos should mark their calendars, as there are going to be at least a couple opportunities to get their hands on the legendary pastrami in the near future.

One of those opps was accidentally revealed by The Hundreds co-founder Ben Shenassafar, who blurted out the surprise  during his appearance on the Foodbeast Katchup Podcast.

Shenassafar, AKA Ben Hundreds was explaining how his September 15, Family Style Food Festival came together, and while rattling of names of people he was bringing on, he accidentally mentioned the name of Katz’s owner Jake Dell.

“We were just like, ‘Let’s just call a couple friends’… I called Jake Dell from… Whoops,” Shenassafar said. “No one knows that news yet. If you know who Jake Dell is, you know who Jake Dell is.”

The Hundreds have some of the heaviest hitters in LA restaurant scene joining them, such as Howlin’ Rays, and Jon & Vinny’s, but having a New York staple in Katz’s adds a whole new wrinkle to the food exclusivity they’re promising at their event.

Before the festival, however, LA can get its hands on the classic pastrami from now until August 25, as Katz has reportedly teamed with Belcampo Meat Co. to deliver pastrami sandwich kits through Uber Eats, according to TimeoutLA.

The build-your-own kits come with a serving of the world-famous pastrami, rye bread, Katz’s famous mustard, and a Belcampo burger just for kicks.

If you’re within the delivery range of Belcampo’s four LA locations, you can have Katz’s delivered to your home through Uber Eats for about $27.

Unfortunately, it is only available through the app and not at any of the Belcampo locations.

If you can’t exactly fly out to New York anytime soon, Katz’s is having a limited west coast experience. If you miss out on the Uber Eats opportunuty, you can at least try to get tickets to The Hundreds’ Family Style festival.

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You Can Now Get Harold & Kumar’s Epic Order Delivered To You

It’s crazy to think it’s been 15 years since Harold & Kumar embarked on an epic journey to get a bite of their favorite sliders.

To celebrate this 15 year anniversary of “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle’s” theatrical release, Uber Eats has teamed with the restaurant to give out 1 million free White Castle sliders. But what may be even cooler is that you’ll have a chance to recreate their legendary order.

You might remember the scene:

Harold Lee (played by John Cho) and Kumar Patel (played by Kal Penn) finally reached the White Castle they longed to find and ordered the most munchie-driven meal of 30 sliders, five orders of french fries, and four Cherry Cokes (Diet Cokes for Kumar), each.

Through Uber Eats, you can now order that exact same meal until August 31 for about $45, depending on location. To step it up even further, on July 30 and 31, you can order it for the exact same $23.40 price point that they paid in the movie back in 2004.

As far as the free slider deal, when ordering White Castle through the Uber Eats app, you can add a “Sack of 10 Original Sliders,” to your meal using the promo code “1MillionSliders.”

The free slider promo also runs through August 31, with a purchase of anything else on the menu.

As awesome and easy as food delivery apps have made our lives, let’s be glad they weren’t around back then, or else we would have never experienced the greatness that is Harold & Kumar.

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You Can Only Get These Limited Edition McDonald’s Merch On One Day

Fast food brands are starting to integrate themselves into our lives with more than just their food. First KFC, now McDonald’s wants to give you streetwear that you’d legit want to sport anytime you go out.

On Wednesday July 26th, McDonald’s is launching their McDelivery food delivery service in partnership with UberEats. To celebrate the service going live in multiple countries worldwide, the golden arches is also giving free merch thats actually fly as hell. Lowkey, I’m going to need that sweatsuit ASAP.

The “McDelivery Collection” includes a sweatsuit, sliders, onesie, pillow set, and picnic blanket, and will only be available to customers who order through McDelivery from participating restaurants on July 26th.

View the full collection below: