Friday, March 22, 2013

Dinnr is raising investment on Seedrs

Be part of Dinnr’s successful future 

  • Dinnr is raising £60,000 on crowd-funding platform Seedrs
  • You can invest as little as £10 and as much as £51,000
  • Dinnr is SEIS eligible - which allows you to use 50% of the invested sum as tax benefit

Hello there, friends of Dinnr! 
We are proud to be featured on crowd-funding platform Seedrs which allows anyone to make investments into startups.

I would like to invite you to become part of Dinnr's journey and help us make our company a phenomenal success.

What is Seedrs?

Seedrs is an FSA-authorised crowd-funding platform (you can find their full scope of permissions on the FSA register.)

Crowd-funding means that anyone can invest in startups. In Seedrs' case, this starts with amounts as low as £10. Seedrs takes care of all the paperwork and acts as your nominee towards the invested startup.

As opposed to some other crowd-funding platforms, an investment through Seedrs gives you equity in Dinnr - you will become a shareholder and thus participate in our success.

How does this work?

  1. You sign up as an investor on Seedrs. This is a 3-5 minute process. Seedrs needs to take you through a few questions for legal reasons and verify that you understand the inherent risk that investing in startups represents. There is no commitment from you at this point.
  2. You review the Dinnr profile on Seedrs and learn about what we've accomplished so far and what we plan to use the raised money for. Most likely, you will have further questions. In that case, please ask them in the Seedrs Dinnr profile Q&A section or contact us at or call the Dinnr phone 020 7193 4528.
  3. If you decide to invest, you transfer a sum of your liking to Seedrs.  
  4. Only if the full investment target of £60,000 is reached, Seedrs releases the funds to Dinnr (after 2-3 weeks of paperwork). If the target is not reached, you receive your money back.
  5. Seedrs holds the shares as a nominee and takes care of all the paperwork surrounding the investment.
  6. You can be an active investor and take interest in what we do or just lean back and let your investment grow.

How does SEIS work?

SEIS is a pretty incredible tax incentive scheme for UK tax payers to foster investment in early-stage startups. You can read more about it on the HMRC website.

Here are the key benefits if you invest £1,000 into an SEIS qualified startup such as Dinnr Ltd.

  • 50% of the investment (£500) can be deducted from your individual income tax return;
  • Capital gains realised during the year can be re-invested into eligible startups without paying Capital Gains Tax;
  • If you sell the SEIS shares at a profit, you won’t pay any Capital Gains Tax; and
  • If you sell the SEIS shares at a loss, you may be eligible for loss relief of up to an additional 22.5% (£225)

This actually means that the worst-case scenario is a loss of £275 if you invest £1,000*.
And the best-case scenario is a multiplication of your investment.

You can find more info about what Dinnr has achieved so far and where the journey is going on our Seedrs profile. Any further questions we can answer on
Thank you for considering an investment in Dinnr - I look forward to hearing from you.
And if you feel like it, invest in us - and become part of the journey!

Michal Bohanes

Dinnr Co-Founder and CEO

PS. One word of caution: Investing in startups is inherently risky and it is possible that the value of your investment will diminish. Seedrs explains these risks here.

* various conditions apply. Please read up about SEIS here

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Top 3 Weird Food Combinations

This week we found ourselves inspired by the unusual combination of bananas wrapped in bacon, from the guys at SORTED and it got us thinking about other weird and wonderful food combinations.
For most of us, our most "creative" food combinations tend to arise when either when the fridge is looking rather empty and we are scrambling to put together a snack or meal with very limited resources, or when we accidentally mistake sugar for salt, oil and vinegar, balsamic and soy sauce etc.
But, some people take flavour combinations much more seriously and base food pairings on scientific flavour analysis. The theory goes, that foods which share some major flavour components. For example, consider some unusual flavour combinations found on Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck menu. By whipping out your chemistry kit, you can find out that pork Liver and Jasmine flower share a key flavour compound, indole, and similarly the combination of white chocolate and caviar share amines, making these winning duos. If you are feeling inspired to check out some new flavour combos then you might enjoy this demo of a food pairing tree, an interactive visualisation for each ingredient.

After much long and hard deliberation, we at Dinnr bring you our top 5 weird and wonderful food combinations. They really shouldn't work, but they do!

1. Olive Oil and Ice Cream

Put down the bottle of caramel sauce, and grab a bottle of olive oil. Take a moment to get over how weird it might seem to eat ice cream with olive oil, and then give it a shot. It adds as much richness as any chocolate or fudge sauce!

2. Salt and Coffee
Ok, so this is probably one of those cases where someone confused salt and sugar, but it really works! A pinch of salt in your coffee can enhance the flavour and add depth. Restaurants use salt in almost every dish, even desserts, and they know what they are doing so why not give it a try.

3. Smoked Salmon and Dark Chocolate
So often associated with cream cheese, the combination of smoked salmon and dark chocolate has been overlooked for too long. The saltiness of the fish combined with the sweet bitterness of the chocolate might just be a match made in heaven. Find some exciting recipes using these ingredients here

Now we have shared ours, what are your favourite and unusual food pairings?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Humble Potato

"You say Potato, I say Pattatah" Others say spud, tattie, tater, but whatever you want to call it, the humble potato is so delicious and versatile that we aren't surprised it is our Irish brethren's favourite vegetable! With St Patrick's Day looming this weekend, we thought that before we celebrate with the traditional Guinness and silly hat, we would give you some fun facts about potatoes:
1. The Year of the Potato
2008 was the International Year of the Potato

2. The First Food Grown in Space
In 1995 potatoes were taken into space on the shuttle Columbia, marking the first time food has been grown in space.

3. The Biggest Potato
World's biggest potato weighed in at 18 pounds and 4 ounces (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) which is enough to make 72 medium portions of McDonalds fries!

4. A Royal Fashion Accessory
Marie Antoinette was known to wear potato blossoms with her outfits.

5. Potatoes can be Poisonous
The plant contains the toxic compound glycoalkaloids in the stem and leaves. When the potato turns green this is a result of a high concentration of the glycoalkaloid poison. Don't worry though, being poisoned by potatoes is very, very rare!

So bake them, fry them, boil them or mash them, but whichever way you like your potatoes, enjoy them this weekend! It is what St Patrick would have wanted.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dinnr's Top 5 Nifty Cooking Tips and Tricks!

The Dinnr test kitchen sees more action than your average kitchen (Cooking! We mean cooking action!) There is nothing unusual about our culinary wizards whipping up a rack of lamb with roast vegetables at 10am, or having a three course meal on the table before it's time for elevensies. With this constant chopping and sizzling, we have picked up a few tips and tricks. But use is this information if we don't share it with you lovely people? 

So, read on for Dinnr's top 5 tips and tricks in the kitchen:

1. Save an oversalted dish
If the dish contains an acid – e.g. juice from a citrus fruit, vinegar or wine, then add a little more of it to counter balance the salt. Likewise, if you've added too much of the acid, try adding a little bit more salt!
Alternatively, add a peeled potato which absorbs any excess salt.

2. Remove the smell of garlic
Ever used a “clean” chopping board, but everything you chop on it suddenly smells and tastes like garlic? A little lemon/lime juice and a bit of salt helps. Sprinkle salt on your board, then rub with a quarter of a lemon or lime. Let it sit for 2-3 mins before wiping with a damp cloth. And, if you end up with garlic lingering on your fingers, rub them with a stainless steel spoon and the smell will be gone in a flash!

3. Find out how fresh your eggs are
Fill a glass with water and pop your egg in. Eggs that sink and sit horizontally on the bottom are fresh. As they get older the larger end starts to rise, and eggs which float have gone off.

4. Soften butter at the last minute
We are forever taking rock hard butter out of the fridge only to realise we need softened butter! This nifty trick speeds up the process without turning the butter to liquid. Boil the kettle, and fill a glass with hot water giving it a few seconds to heat up. Then turn the glass upside down and place over the butter. Leave it for a minute and soon you will have perfectly softened butter.

Last, but certainly not least...
5. How to flip food in a pan.
Being able to flip food makes you look a real pro in the kitchen. It takes a bit of practice, but mastering this is brilliant for impressing guests and any sceptics of your cooking abilities. (But don't worry, you can always revert back to using utensils and turning food manually if it all goes wrong!)
The key thing to remember is that you want to move the pan horiztonally, forward and back, not up and down.

Have you any great cooking tips to share with us?