Food and Beverage

iCup and iPlate offers a one-hand solution for juggling plates and cups

Barbecue and beer go together like summer and sunburn. But it’s sometimes tough to juggle both food and beverage while mingling .  A plate in one hand and a drink in the other doesn’t leave much for greeting guests at social gatherings and trying to balance the cup on top of the plate risks spillage.

The iCup and iPlate hope to slide in a solution to the issue of one-handed consumption  The cup attaches into grooves on the bottom of the plate so that it doubles as a handle. The plate also acts as a lid to keep the bugs out of the drink and the cup acts to stabilize the plate. If the food needs utensils, the iFork and iKnife snap into the sides of the plate for easy access. Finally, by helping guests keep their cup close at hand, the system helps address the issue of identifying whose cup belongs to whom. A starter set of four (dispsoable) cups, four plates, and four sets of utensils is only $15, with expected delivery of November 2015. The campaign hopes to raise $10,000 by August 13, 2015,

It would be nice to have a non-disposable option. And, of course, taking full advantage of the plasticware requires getting all the products from one source. Still, the plate and cup combo is an ingenious solution to an age-old problem that looks at the drink-balancing issue from the reverse perspective. It doesn’t make guests look silly even though they’ll probably have to be shown the sliding trick.

Food and Beverage Kids/Babies

Ezpz aims to reduce mealtime stress by containing mess

EzpzMany parents compare mealtimes with their small children to feeding time at the zoo. Bowls plates and cups get knocked off the table and food ends up on the floor, much to the delight of the family dog. But mom and dad aren’t so thrilled. Ezpz placemats are made of silicone and have a special suction feature that keeps them stuck to the table so food stays put. There are lot of plusses with this product. It’s dishwasher safe, microwaveable, and stackable to name just a few. Expected delivery for those who want to splurge on this item is December 2014.