Bethesda's Spotluck Partnering With Food Nonprofit This Month


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The people behind a phone app that provides discounts to Bethesda restaurants are partnering with a nonprofit that delivers excess food to those in need. Spotluck, the Bethesda-based company that recently launched, will donate 20 percent of its proceeds in November to Nourish Now. The Rockville-based group collects extra fresh food from area restaurants and kitchens, then delivers that food to low-income county residents instead of having it wasted in the trash can. Spotluck will also donate $5 to Nourish Now for everyone who completes its customer survey. Spotluck CFO Brad Sayler said the promotion is the first of of a few between the two county-based startups. The app will also start showing the pop-up image shown above after users finish at a restaurant. In the future, it's possible Spotluck will help Nourish Now coordinate excess food pick-ups from its member restaurants. Spotluck allows users to take one "spin" a day of locally owned restaurants in two sections of town -- Woodmont Triangle's Cordell Avenue and Bethesda Row. The spin will randomly select for users one restaurant and attach to it a discount that typically ranges from 10 percent to 30 percent off of the final bill. The restaurants not selected in the spin will offer discounts typically about 5 percent less, and all the discounts are determined by algorithms that factor in real-time data such as the day of the week, weather conditions, the restaurant's rating by previous Spotluck customers and other factors. So the discounts on Monday before 6 p.m. will likely be a lot higher than the discounts on Friday after 6 p.m., when restaurants typically see more traffic and need to fill fewer tables. Via Spotluck

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