A passion for food and technology brought around 70 people together Friday to launch a new restaurant recommendation app, CurEat.
CurEat allows users to create lists of their favorite local restaurants and share them with friends or family. The app eschews a traditional rating system in favor of a recommendations system and allows users to interact with restaurants directly to give feedback, rather than posting negative reviews for everyone to see.
Stephen Mangano, a UNC-Chapel Hill MBA recipient and Raleigh tech developer, created CurEat so users could find the best local restaurants — without sifting through negative reviews.
“We want people to make lists of great places they like, so we stay away from the actual kind of ratings that other sites use,” said Steve Mangano, the app’s founder.
The app also features a panel of local food experts, called CurEaters — who include Ashley Christensen, a James Beard award-winning chef with several restaurants in Raleigh, Charlie Deal, the owner of Chapel Hill restaurant Jujube, and Wyatt Dickson, a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and owner of Durham barbecue restaurant Picnic.