SOURCE: Tasteful, Inc.

Tasteful, Inc.

May 20, 2016 09:00 ET

Healthy Eating App, Tasteful, Gets Personal With New Chatbot Feature

Users Can Verbally Explain What They're in the Mood to Eat Directly in the App OR While in Other Popular Apps Like Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and Slack, and Tasteful's Intelligent Bot Presents Them With Nearby Healthy Restaurants or Dishes That Match Those Preferences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 20, 2016) - Using apps or recommendation sites is common practice for those trying to find restaurants in a local or new and unfamiliar area. But navigating these apps and sites if you're paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, low-carb or simply a healthy eater can be challenging. Applying filters based on dietary preference, location and price is a great start -- and one that 50,000 users have loved about Tasteful so far -- but the fact is, you often get the best recommendations from real-time conversations with a friend or even the concierge. With the integration of a chatbot into Tasteful, users can now interact by texting with the app -- explaining in their own words what they're in the mood to eat and being given recommendations in real-time -- just as they would with a live person. Also starting today, people can add the Tasteful chatbot to their Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Slack accounts so they don't have to leave their chats to discover restaurants with their friends and family.

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Developed by the Tasteful team, the chatbot works as a conversational agent, designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with the end user. By telling the bot what users are in the mood for, they will be presented with restaurants that match those preferences. Throughout the conversation, users can tell the chatbot their dietary preferences, price range, location, cuisine type, quality, and even cravings, to determine where they should dine. The bot will then provide a few restaurant recommendations and give the user the opportunity to respond whether the options are too expensive, too far, or if they found the right restaurant!

"Chatbots are an opportunity for apps to become more communicative with their users and provide them with quicker, more personalized answers," said Eswar Priyadarshan, CEO and co-founder, Tasteful. "By interacting with the bot in a conversational manner within the Tasteful app, as well as in other messaging apps, users are able to drill down and hone in on preferences to get to the exact type of food or restaurant they are looking for. And, if the user is interested in making a reservation or even having the meal delivered, our bot can help with that too."

Tasteful is ideal for health-conscious people who are traveling, attending or hosting a business dinner, planning a date night, or meeting with friends and family. The app rates each restaurant based on the quality of its food ensuring the restaurants are using real food ingredients and not products from factory farming, GMO food and/or processed ingredients and will let the user know which category it falls into.

In addition to this new chat feature, Tasteful has significantly expanded its coverage of food allergies and ingredients. The improvements were inspired by speaking with hundreds of people at SXSW in March, who identified with this problem and requested more specific filters that matched individually diets.

Download Tasteful for free in the App Store and Google Play to start discovering new restaurants and eating tastefully today! Tasteful is also available as a chatbot called 'Tasteful' on Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Slack.

About Tasteful
Tasteful's mission is to help people live healthier lives through discovering quality food no matter where they are. The Tasteful app caters to those with specific dietary needs from paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or low-carb options. With over 252, 357 healthy restaurants in 8,000 cities across the United States and over 3.5 million dishes, Tasteful allows users to successful find healthy restaurants. Tasteful connects people with quality local food for unique dietary communities, a holistic and healthy solution for the community by the community. Tasteful is available for download in the App Store and on Google Play.

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