While some people say mobile devices have no place at the dinner table (remember the phone stack?), you’ll be seeing a lot more technology on the menu in 2013. Some restaurants are forgoing paper and embracing iPads as menus, as Bon Appetit reported on Philadelphia’s fine dining establishment Le Bec Fin. Owner Nicolas Fanucci told us that “using the iPad as our menu to create personal experiences and reduce our carbon footprint is the future of this industry, and we feel that we are ahead of the game. When a guest receives an iPad menu, they automatically think of creativity and innovation. We think of building lasting relationships and providing them with a unique experience.”
In New York, Comodo restaurant has smartly integrated diners’ passions for photographing and posting images of meals by incorporating Instagram onto its menu. Felipe Donnelly, co-owner and chef of the Pan-Latin dining spot, says “what we’ve done is subtle, to pique curiosity, with a note at the bottom of our paper menu with a hashtag (pictured). I think it’s been a great tool -- people are going to take pictures anyway, and Instagram has all these filters, so we know the food will look great.” All those food photos create a pictorial menu that other guests can peruse when making selections. Curious? You can explore the restaurant’s Instagram menu on YouTube.