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New App Tender Is the Tinder of Food; Chef Eli Kulp Still Recovering From Amtrak Crash

Plus Starbucks' technology push in the UK, and more news and reviews from the food world.

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Tender

— Congrats, world: You now have a Tinder for food. Three friends from Boston have created Tender, a food-centric play on the popular dating app. Users still swipe, except this time it's on images linked to recipes, and not on potential dates. If a user swipes right, the recipe is saved to their "cookbook" which they can access at any time. Tender also has filters for drinks, desserts, vegan, vegetarian, pork, beef, and, seafood.

— Chef Eli Kulp (Fork, Philadelphia) is still recovering from the severe injuries he sustained during June's tragic Amtrak crash. Kulp is now paralyzed but has limited movement in his arms. However, he cannot move his legs and doctors are unsure if he will ever walk again: "With Eli's type of injury, it's quite possible and most likely that he's not going to walk again and he's going to have limited, if any, use of his hands." Regardless, Kulp plans to go forward with opening a New York City outpost of his popular Philadelphia restaurant High Street.

— The panel that New York State governor Andrew Cuomo convened in May to circumvent lawmakers is set to make its recommendations regarding the hourly wages of fast food workers. Cuomo said in May that the recommendations of the board would go into effect "without legislative approval." The board is expected to recommend fast food workers receive a wage of at least $15 per hour — up from the current minimum wage of $8.75 per hour — a number many worker have been fighting for. 

— Starbucks is launching its order- and pay-ahead feature in the UK as part of a major technology push by the chain in the country. The coffee giant also aims to have the "fastest Wi-Fi on the high street," and many locations will soon get wireless charging mats, which is a feature still being rolled out in the U.S. 

— A copy of the first edition of the Michelin Guide — which was published in 1900 — was just sold at auction for €22,000 ($23,850). The copy was "in very good condition," and was purchased by a French collector. There were 35,000 copies of the first Michelin Guide, which was originally distributed for free.

— Animal rights groups are upset that Eva's Coffee in San Francisco is selling Kopi Luwak or coffee made from beans sourced from civet poop droppings. Critics of the coffee take issue with the caging of civets for the purpose of producing the special and pricey beans (Eva's Coffee charges $15 per cup). An Eva's barista says that the coffee shop gets its beans from free-range Civets, not those who live on a farm. 

— There's a new app in the works to help diners figure out where their fish is from. Called Boat to Plate, the tracing app allows users to scan barcodes on packaging to see information about where the fish was caught, the name of the boat that caught the fish, and maybe even a photo of the fisherman who caught it. The app should be released in about two years.

— Just a good example of shade: 

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