Hungry, an Arlington, VA-based online marketplace that connects independent chefs with the $25 billion business and events catering market, raised $8.0m in Series A financing.
The round, which brought total funding raised to date to $12.5m, was co-led by Sands Capital Ventures and Motley Fool Ventures, and included Marcy Venture Partners. Additional investors include:
– Walter Robb, former Whole Foods co-CEO
– Usher, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter
– Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner – Crafted Hospitality and Head Judge/Executive Producer of Bravo’s Top Chef
– Ming Tsai, Chef/Owner Blue Dragon, CEO Ming East-West, Host/Executive Producer Simply Ming
– Seth Goldman, Honest Tea founder and Beyond Meat Executive Chairman
– Dave Free, 2018 Grammy Award-winning producer
– Ndamukong Suh, Five-time NFL Pro Bowler
– Dan Simons, Co-founder & owner, Founding Farmers Restaurant Group
– Daniel Kao, former GM of DoorDash Canada
– Eric Kessler, founder of Arabella Advisors and board member, James Beard Foundation
– James Madison Innovations, a startup investment organization affiliated with JMU
– Private Access Network (PAN), a platform for investing in venture-backed deals.
The company will use the funds to continue investing in its digital marketplace and logistics platform and to accelerate growth in new markets across the United States.
Founded in late 2016 by Eman Pahlevani and Shy Pahlevani and led by Jeff Grass, CEO, Hungry provides independent chefs with a platform to sell their cuisines to corporate customers. rather than ordering from restaurants or traditional caterers, offices can order directly from a vast network of talented independent chefs, each specializing in their own cuisines. Chefs include former White House chefs, Chopped Champions, Food Network chefs, and even celebrities’ personal chefs.
Today, the company operates in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.