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BlackboardEats: Giving foodies discounts at high-end restaurants

February 23, 2010 |  8:03 am

Founded in September by former Yahoo.com food editor Maggie Nemser, BlackboardEats has become a Los Angeles foodie phenomenon. At a time when the starved economy has sucked the fat out of the restaurant business, Nemser has created a free service designed to drive the young, hungry and food-obsessed straight into open banquettes.

The service is simple. Interested parties subscribe to the website by filling out a short form asking only for name, e-mail address and ZIP Code. Then, twice a week they receive an e-mail offering an exclusive deal. For example, a free flight of wine at Echo Park's City Sip or 30% off the bill at Ammo.

Subscribers have 24 hours to request a pass code for the promotion and 30 days to redeem it. There are no fees, no blackout dates and no fine print. Most important of all, however, is that Nemser, 30, has managed to make the service feel fashionable and upscale so it pulls in a demographic that is desirable to restaurateurs. Read the rest of Jessica Gelt's story here:

Photo: Maggie Nemser, left, founder of BlackboardEats, with Akasha Richmond, the chef-owner of Akasha in Culver City. The chef was the first in the Los Angeles area to offer a promotion on BlackboardEats.com.