Food Tech: Introducing Table Dot. Home Chefs on Demand

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Have you ever wanted to have a chef cook in your home for you and some guests but not been sure how to go about it? Hiring a private in-home chef can be a stressful affair, from trying to negotiate the cost per head, to sourcing ingredients, annoying callbacks, and trying to find someone who is available during your preferred time period. A new food start-up based in Tampa called Table Dot hopes to change that.

Table Dot’s mission is to provide quality, in-home chefs available on-demand to hungry customers. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, a family gathering, or a reunion with old friends, Table Dot hopes to simplify the process of connecting with a in-home chef and provide food tech solutions that will make it easier to book a party at your home.

Founder, Katherine Allen, has created a platform that allows customers to mix courses and options and get an upfront cost, avoiding any surprises along the way. The entire process is handled by Table Dot including shopping, food prep, and cleanup.

The goal is to provide access to chefs in a responsible way, enabling cooks a simple solution and diners a hassle-free method to connect with private in-home chefs. The cost will vary according to the menu items sought, but could be as low as $ 12 a head according to Allen.

The start-up is seeking chefs and cooks to join their program. Table Dot hopes to build a large community of cooks and chefs and to empower line cooks and other chefs who have aspirations to cook on a different scale to join their cause. Allen herself has a background in providing in-home chef experiences and was inspired by her own experiences and difficulties to create Table Dot.

There are plans for an iOS and Android app in-development for Table Dot and Allen hopes to have a system that will be as easy as taking out your phone and planning your next gathering or meal at home in the future. Table Dot sounds like a promising and innovative product that could be very successful with the right combination of chefs and tech.

To find out more about Table Dot, visit them online at

Carlos Eats

May 15, 2019 |

ITT Tech students: They didn’t even open the door

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ITT Tech students at the Tampa campus were turned away after officials told them the school would open doors Thursday afternoon to advise them on how to move forward and receive transcripts.

“They didn’t even open the door,” said student Joan Perez.

  • Students turned away at ITT Tech’s Tampa campus
  • Students told they would be allowed to talk with advisors
  • ITT Tech campuses nationwide shut down Tuesday

A career services official told us that students would be allowed in to talk with employees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several students showed up, but all they found were instructions on how to request transcripts taped to the locked door.

Perez was set to graduate later this month, but her graduation has been cancelled. She finished her bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, but is still unsure of her future.

“I don’t even know if I’ll be getting a diploma,” Perez said.

Student Devin Plumb was trying frantically to get transcripts so he could make application deadlines at other schools. The veteran, who served in Afghanistan, says he also whittled down his GI Bill benefits at ITT.

“What are we supposed to do now? Nothing, waiting in limbo and hoping we get our transcripts in the mail so we can move forward with our lives,” Plumb said.

We tried to ask employees at ITT Tech’s Tampa campus why students were turned away. No one answered us, but an employee did walk outside to place a paper bag over our camera. After that, our crew was kicked off campus.

We requested more information from ITT Tech’s corporate office about why students were not allowed inside today to talk with advisors as promised. A spokesperson had this response via email:

“Our focus and priority right now is helping students with their records and identifying future educational options.  While the campuses are closed, as we communicated to students directly via email and on the internal student portal on Tuesday, we will continue to provide resources to assist them.  We encourage all students to utilize the resources made available to them including how to receive grades and transcripts, articulation agreements, a list of schools near them offering similar programs of study, and other key contact information. Students can also view our website,, for additional information and questions.”

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September 8, 2016 |
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