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The Open Source Café: ‘BITE‘, inspired by the cutting edge design/development movement in software and technology, engages its patrons in developing an evolving menu of simple and nutritious food from around the world.
Against a background of eclectic music and media, a weekly menu is served over the counter. This menu is presided over by a ‘chef ’ who has culled and tested recipes that have been submitted on the café’s internal website. Students vie for their submissions to make the ‘menu list’ based on several key principles: Nutrition, Ease of Preparation, Tastiness, and Affordability. Once selected, tested and refined by the chef, menu items are offered in a state of consumer competition. A menu board continuously records the number of purchases and ranks them. Once per week, the lowest scoring item is dropped from the list to make way for a new item. Favorites remain until they lose support and drop off the list.
BITE’s cutting edge infrastructure facilitates realtime adaptation, and the opportunity for advanced food culture research.
Project by Scott Francisco + Nick Senske
see project post here: http://byoprojects.com/post/18627371186/bite-cafe-open-source-dining