On show #88 we welcome the CEO & co-founder of Family
Dinner – Erin Baumgartner. Family
Dinner is a farmer’s market delivery service that uses
data to improve the food supply chain. It’s an innovative
approach to the standard CSA model working directly with a network
of farms to broaden their markets through software applications.
Baumgartner is the former Assistant Director of the MIT Senseable
City Lab in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, a lab
that used data to understand complex systems.
Tune in to our 45 minute discussion to hear how Erin’s
background in data science is now impacting regional food sourcing,
and production. In codifying a smarter supply chain and being
more in-tune with the interests of a modern consumer
– Family Dinner is developing scalable tech
which would allow anyone to take advantage of regional assets – for
anywhere. But, as we learn from Erin – you can’t fake the
hard stuff. You need to get your hands dirty and develop the
relationships with producers and buyers who are interested in
maintaining integrity in their approaches.
From the home office in Somerville, MA – Erin and her menu
curation team act as bespoke master chefs for your household.
By knowing a good amount about each of their consumer’s
interests and avoidances – Family Dinner sculpts
a pretty amazing week of meals which will celebrate and amplify
what’s in season and prime to eat. Culinary plans like
paleo, vegetarian and allergy sensitive programs fit nicely into
their data driven model for weekly regional offerings.
Every week they’ll deliver you and your family chef’s quality
food from within shouting distance of harvest and home. That’s a
pretty good service!