Raleigh, N.C. — CurEat, a mobile app that encourages people to dine at locally owned and operated businesses, is announcing some exciting new developments.
CurEat, which was released in the iTunes App Store in January, is now available for Android users. The app provides curated lists of award-winning, independent restaurants in over 60 cities across the United States and offers users access to local chefs’ restaurant recommendations.
Local chefs who provide recommendations within the app include Kim Hunter of Kimbap Café, Sean Wilson of Fullsteam Brewery and Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint.
The locally-developed app is announcing new features this week, including a "CurEat Experience” that brings users and restaurants together for intimate experiences and special events. Some of the experiences offered so far include quarterly chocolate tips and insights from Videri Chocolate’s Sam Ratto, Tarboro Brewing tours and pop-up dinners in Raleigh.
Experiences start at $10 each, but discounts are offered if users purchase multiple events.
CurEat creator Steve Mangano, a New York native who got his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, said he wanted to create an app that wasn't dominated by negative, customer-driven reviews. Mangano was involved in revitalization projects in downtown Durham, including the space now home to 21C Museum Hotel, and was also one of the forces behind Pullen Place Cafe at Pullen Park.
To celebrate that CurEat now on Android and its new “CurEat Experience,” Mangano will host a free event at Google Fiber’s Raleigh location (518 W. Jones Street) during the Sept. 1. There, guests will be able to meet CurEat’s founder and enjoy cocktails and food from CurEaters.