Entrepreneurs and other creative ambitious types have been figuring out how to make money by selling food since people have lived in community. Restaurants in some form or fashion have been around for hundreds of years. But only in the past century or so have things gotten really interesting. The possibilities are endless, and some of them are being tried and tested right here in Baton Rouge
Speed Bancroft, who, besides having perhaps the coolest name in the world, is an entrepreneur with one of the coolest ideas you can imagine. It’s an automated food kiosk that can deliver hot, fresh food directly to your car window.
Speed’s company, Speedy Eats, has designed a robotic kiosk that can store, warm and serve an array of fresh, hot entrees – like pizza and wings – with side dishes and beverages, while promising investors a quick and easy return on their investment. It’s like something out of the Jetson’s. or perhaps it’s more accurate to think of it as a 21c twist on the Automat of the early 1900’s in New York City.
Robyn Nicosia is the owner of Bites and Boards, a Baton Rouge-based business that specializes in cheese boards. Robyn opened the business in 2018 as a cheese board delivery service – who knew people ordered out for cheese boards? – and has since expanded to offer classes in how to prepare cheese and charcuterie boards, and a cheese boutique. Robyn is planning to expand to a new larger location in the Village at Willow Grove, which will offer cheese boards and cheese pairings with wine.
Robyn became a self styled expert in the art of cheese boards nearly a decade ago, when she set out to entertain her then new husband’s friends. She says her vision is to build community, connection and shared experience through cheese.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard. Photos by Erik Otts. Check out more lunchtime conversation about uniquely Baton Rouge food personalities, Chef Motto and Spuddy at our website itsbatonrouge.la.