Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Week -- and PlateShare! -- approach

Charlotte Restaurant Week’s headed our way again, July 19-28, and the website is live at Cool new development: PlateShare debuts.

That’s a new mobile app that lets you help feed the hungry: It rounds your restaurant bill up to the nearest dollar and donates the difference, in this case to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Katie Levans of Charlotte came up with the micro-giving startup, designed for restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores or any other time, and there’s an app for both iPhone and Android.

You set up a profile and create or link to your PayPal account. Then you enter a bill total into the app and let it calculate the rounded-up donation and complete the donation. You can also connect with other users and let more people know about the effort through social media.

Charlotte’s Tattoo Projects is doing the development and design. “Nothing was outsourced,” Levans said in a press release, “because we have the resources and the talent to pull this off right here at home.”

Participating restaurants in the Week will encourage diners to download and donate.

Queen City Q is the first point-of-sale partner for PlateShare, meaning that the uptown barbecue restaurant’s bills will offer a PlateShare round-up option on receipts, beginning July 5.
More info at or PlateShare on Facebook.