What's up with the new name?
Although we really liked the name and the double meaning behind "Course"; we changed the name to "Paire" on December 1st, 2023 in order to better express who we are & what we do. Paire is not only an acronym for: Personal A.I. Recommendation Engine; it also refers to the idea of pairing people with restaurants in order to help them pare down an overwhelming number of options.
As a bonus, adopting this new name makes it easier for more food-loving travelers to find us via online search since there are far more companies competing for SEO with the word "Course" as a keyword. From golf and auto racing companion apps to educational and professional skill training apps - we'd have to pay a lot more money to come up as a search result for someone trying to find us online since all of these different players within a myriad of industries are perpetually outbidding each other for association with a keyword that was our name... and we'd rather spend that money on making our app even better.How do I create a List on Paire?
To create a new list: tap on the LIST icon (bookmark) in the burger, select the '+ New List' button, give your list a name (or tap on the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner to re-name an existing list) and start adding restaurants. If at first you can't locate a restaurant, try entering the full name (you may need to Google it to be sure of it's full registered name), state abbreviation and/or the name of the city after the name. If that doesn't work, adjust the settings for your search on the Home / Map screen by selecting the specific type of outlet and the destination city or town under "Settings" and then hit "Apply".
Once you've created a list, you can add any restaurant to that list, remove a restaurant from the list or share the list via email, text or social media.
Think of Paire "Lists" as your food & beverage outlet "playlists".
Paire "Lists" are a great way to keep track of the names and locations of restaurants you've read about, seen online or heard about from a friend and want to try...or the restaurants you've already tried and don't want to forget.
The notes you take on any restaurant's profile page are private (just like your ratings) unles you decide to share a list AND the associated notes.
You can create, update, rename or delete a list at-will. If a friend "follows" the list, they will see your updates. If they "Copy" a list, they will only see the list as it exists at that particular moment but can edit/update it on their own at-will. (Coming Soon..."Collaborative List Making")Why does a "Location Services access was denied" notice pop-up when I try to load Paire?
Paire uses your location to find nearby restaurants and direct you to the ones you'd like to try next.
In order for Paire to function normally, you should allow location access by selecting: “While using the app” when asked if you will allow Paire to access your location during account creation and registration.
If you did not elect to share your location with Paire during registration and sign-in, you can go to:
Settings > Privacy > Location Services at any time and then tap on the current setting in order to select: “While Using the App”.Why can't I find / don't see the restaurant or bar I'm looking for?
Check your spelling. If the food and beverage outlet you're looking for is still not found on your initial search, it may be listed under it's full name (i.e., Alberto's Italian Trattoria" instead of just 'Alberto's").
Please Note: You may need to search the restaurant online to learn it's full / official name.
Additionally, if the restaurant you are trying to find is outside of the immediate area, you should filter your search by entering a different location. You can search different areas in a few different ways:
You can add the name of the city after the name of the restaurant in a local search - or you can search a different area by adjusting the search filter settings: From the Home Screen > Tap or click on the magnifying glass then enter the location of choice in the "Location" field.
You also have the option of filtering your search results down further from the Home Screen by selecting the type of outlet based on how the owner(s) may have classified their business in their Google listing / Google My Business™ profile
If the outlet you are searching for has not claimed a specific business category on Google or set up any associated profiles, they may be found under the "General" or "Other" category type. (Our PRO VERSION: RELEASING 2024 WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR ALL F&B OUTLETS TO BE FOUND ON OUR MAP REGARDLESS OF WHTHER OR NOT THEY HAVE A "GOOGLE MY BUSINESS" ACCOUNT).
Once you've identified a general area to search, you can enter the name of the establishment and/or search for it by keyword (e.g., type of cuisine, atmosphere or even specific menu items like "Oysters" in the top "Name or Keyword(s) search bar.
You can also conduct a search for food and beverage outlets from the "Lists" page. The "Lists" page can be accessed by tapping on the burger ⌸ located at the top right hand corner of the Home Screen and then selecting the bookmark icon ).
Please note: If a restaurant or bar has permanently closed, it will not be found in our database. You can have a hand in helping to ensure more independent restaurants stay open by trying (and privately rating) one this week.
*Entering in the name of the city and state after the establishment's name often helps locate the outlet you're searching for if there's more than one establishment with that particular name.I own a food truck / pop-up / delivery only concept. How can I let Course Restaurant Guide members know they can find me on the app and privately rate my outlet?
We are currently building PairePRO for owners and operators of food & beverage outlets without a physical storefront or without a permanent physical address where verified owners can update their location (map pin) at-will and have a profile similar to the brick-and-mortar outlets currently populated by Google...plus a few extra special features.
In the interim, food truck and ghost kitchen operators may find it helpful to follow the Google / GMB support advice offered here: https://support.google.com/business/thread/70926359/hi-my-business-is-a-food-truck-i-have-a-steady-location-but-i-can-t-receive-mail-in-a-parking-lot?hl=enHow do I rate a restaurant on Paire?
Click on the location pin or name of any restaurant and then tap the location pin under the outlet's profile page.
Remember that you're not rating restaurants for other people. Your ratings are private & no one but you will ever see them.
Every one of your private restaurant ratings is used to train your personal A.I. restaurant guide to know exactly what YOU like, what YOU don't like and how willing YOU might be to try something new.
In the event you're not sure how you feel about a particular category or a particular category is not applicable; we recommend selecting the “POSSIBLE / SOME COMPATIBILITY” emoji rating: 🤨
What’s your general impression of this restaurant/ bar’s vibe?
Atmosphere speaks mainly to the: decor, music, lighting, cleanliness, seating, temperature, flow, crowd and overall feel of the interior, exterior and/or online presence designed and maintained by the owners and operators.
How well were you taken care of and what how did your interactions leave you feeling? Whether it was at the bar, over-the-phone, online, tableside or at the drive-thru - Service refers to the level of attention, hospitality / caring and accuracy during your experience.
How did you fee about the overall price compared to the worth of your experience? Whether it’s a curbside takeout order at a family style restaurant or a prime seat at a jazz bar charging cover for live music.
Do you think you got what you paid for?
Presentation refers not only to how the food is presented / delivered but how the staff or third party partner presents themselves as well.
Is the food presented in an aesthetically appealing way on the plate? Was sufficient care taken when boxing meals to go (e.g., When rating to-go or delivery - the restaurant has little control over how long it takes for the order to be picked up or how far you or the driver needs to travel; therefore presentation does not refer to temperature or timing but does refer to: hot items separated from cold items, liquids protected from spilling, containers protecting the food from damage, containers appropriately sized for the menu item, etc…)
As far as presentation goes for employees or representatives of the outlet, consider: Are they clean and display appropriate hygiene? Are they respectful and polite?
FOOD / INDIVIDUAL MENU ITEMS:
This one is easy. Just as every other category, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to personal taste and individual preferences so…. How did you feel about the food?
Would you go back again for the same menu item? Was the item(s) good enough to make you want to try more of the menu?
If you do not want to review specific menu items, you can simply rate the food overall.
However, if you do decide to rate specific menu items, be sure to enter the names of each menu item exactly as they appear on the menu (a link to each establishment's website will help you with this).
Once a menu item is entered and rated by any member, Course® will remember that menu item for every member so, if a menu item is available in the dropdown list, you may select it from there instead of entering it manually.
Please keep in mind that your food may be prepared by different cooks with each new visit/order so try your best to rate based on the average experience or consistency of the food. - PLEASE REMEMBER -
Everyone has an off day. If the food (or any other aspect of your experience) isn’t to your satisfaction, ask to speak with the manager and respectfully explain why your expectations weren’t met.
Whatever you do… Please don’t leave any restaurant or bar dissatisfied and complain publicly / online without first giving the management an opportunity to correct a mistake or remedy an issue to your satisfaction. I mean, come on. We’re all human and none of us are perfect.
One of the reasons Paire was developed was to prevent our community’s small business owners from having their reputations and their livelihoods (as well as the livelihoods of all those they employ) jeopardized over a negative public review that may not accurately represent the experience most others can expect to enjoy at the establishment.How do I change a rating I gave a restaurant?
Everyone has a bad day…and sometimes a restaurant won’t deliver an experience that’s consistent with your expectations or their past performance. That’s why we encourage all of our members to communicate any constructive feedback directly to the management team whenever convenient in person or via private email / message...and adjust your ratings (up or down) in the event your opinions change over time.
You can change / update any rating at any time simply by tapping on the emoji that most accurately reflects your current opinion. This ensures your Personal Taste Profile™ is accurate and always up-to-date.How do I delete a rating / un-rate a restaurant or bar?
While you can not delete or undo a rating at this time, you can change an unintentional rating to a neutral review by selecting all "neutral / not sure yellow emojis" (yellow face with one raised eyebrow). Why are all of the pins on my map yellow - with no emoji face / compatibility displayed?
The yellow pins without emoji expressions are an indication that the artificial intelligence engine does not yet have enough information to make a reliable compatibility calculation. The more Taste Personality Quizzes you take and the more restaurants you privately review - the more Paire will be able to determine what you’ll like and what you won’t.How do I add a restaurant to one of my Lists?
There are a number of ways to add restaurants & bars to a list.
One way is to simply go to the restaurant’s profile page (via map pin or listing) and click on the Lists icon (bookmark) then select which list(s) you’d like to add it to.
Another way is to enter the name of the city in which the restaurant or bar is located, then search for it by keyword.
You can also go directly to an existing list (or one you just made) and click "Add New Restaurant". A search window will pop-up where you can type the name of the food and beverage outlet. Remember: entering in the name of the city and state after the establishment's name often helps locate the outlet you're searching for if there's more than one establishment with that particular name in our system.
So now… If you ever find yourself in Austin TX, you'll never again have to feel the frustration of not being able to remember the name of that Diner, Drive-In or Dive-Bar with the insane burnt ends and fried chicken sandwich" that you saw on The Food Network.
The uniqueness of your Paire "Lists" is only limited by your own imagination. Give it a try and make a new list today…of the places that: play your kind of music on Thursday nights, happily welcome your dog, have great rooftop bars, are opening soon, host “karaoke" or Quizzo on Wednesday nights, have bottomless mimosas during Sunday brunch or simply have something every member of the family will enjoy near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
We hope you enjoy creating your library of Lists and encourage you to compare lists with friends and fellow foodies in order to support more independent restaurants. Just screenshot any list and sharing it ("Share" feature coming soon).How secure is my personal information?
Pretty darn secure!
“We will never share, sell, market or otherwise reveal for any reason - your personally identifying information (i.e., your name, address, email address, credit card or bank account numbers, social media accounts, phone number, handle, IP address, etc…) with any outside independent third party without your prior consent - period.”Why does the Menu or Order button on the restaurant's profile take me to their website instead of an order or menu page?
Paire simply presents and processes information that is either already publicly available online or supplied by it’s membership. Certain functions and features (like connecting you directly to a restaurant’s menu, increasing the accuracy of search of results when searching for restaurants by keyword or connecting to their online ordering gateway) require a restaurant’s active participation with Paire as an Enterprise Member. For example, if you want to order from a restaurant online and they haven’t elected to offer that service, we will not connect you with a third party that offers that service without the restaurant’s explicit consent or election. In situations like that (and others), we will get you as close as possible which, in many cases, will be to the restaurant’s own website.Do restaurants have to sign-up for Paire?
Restaurants do not have to sign up for Paire. Paire simply organizes data from any restaurant that makes a listing of their products and/or services publicly available through print or online publications (e.g., websites, third party promotional sites, SEO, Google listings, facebook, etc...) so that members can rate, review and store their own opinions and preferences regarding these public businesses without their participation.
If a restaurant does elect to participate, they can elect to sign-up for our Enterprise or PRO version soon (2024): where they can maintain an up-to-date and accurate menu, enter keywords to assist members’ ability to locate them, populate a virtual "Specials Board" and manage their profile pages with links and portals that help to increase sales and better serve both existing and potential guests.
Our mapping feature is powered by Google and since most pop-ups, food trucks, market vendors and delivery only concepts aren't discoverable on GoogleMaps; one of the other benefits we're excited to offer our PRO & Enterprise Members is the inclusion on our map. Can a restaurant claim their profile page?
Any restaurant can claim their profile page via a PRO or Enterprise Membership subscription (Coming Soon). Early Enterprise adopters will have the opportunity to collaborate on the customized profile form that offers the outlet in more accurate results in member searches and more opportunities for accurate matches. For more information or to be an early adopter, restaurant owners and operators can visit: https://www.trycourseapp.com/owners/How can restaurants elect to not participate in Paire?
Restaurant owners and operators can choose not to participate in the Paire platform simply by ignoring our...or anyone’s request for them to join. Their lack of interest in participating, however, does not preclude us from allowing our members to find them via our listings map that is powered by Google. Once our members find publicly listed businesses they can record how they feel about their business, products and/or services on our private rating network. How can I add a restaurant, food truck or pop-up location on Paire?
All of the restaurants and bars in our system are currently pulled from Google. While we look forward to opening the door to adding: delivery only restaurants, pop-ups, food trucks, vendors & meal prep delivery services to the list of food and beverage outlets that can be rated, it is not yet possible. This functionality will be coming soon. Any commercial or retail food and/or beverage outlet will be able to upgrade to a PRO Membership which not only gives owners and operators the opportunity to populate the Paire map with their location pin, it also offers: customizable links on their profile page, promotions, coupons, a message board (to advertise daily specials, Limited Time Offerings or upcoming events) and a field to tag their outlet with their keywords of choice to facilitate more accurate results for those members using the search feature.How can I change my answer to a Taste Personality Quiz question?
You can change / update any answer to any question at any time simply by going directly to that quiz or question and touching on the answer that most accurately reflects your new opinion. This ensures your Personal Taste Profile is accurate and always up-to-date.How can I share my ratings?
You can’t share ratings on Paire. The ratings you enter are not for others. You’re rating restaurants in order to train your A.I. restaurant guide / concierge to know exactly what YOU like, what YOU don’t like and how willing YOU might be to try something new…because when it comes to taste, we believe that no opinions matter more than yours.How does Paire help support independent restaurants?
Paire gives independent restaurant more exposure and matches them with the people who are most likely to love what they're offering - for free.
Paire also eliminates the possibility of fake or purchased reviews negatively impacting a restaurant's reputation which lets managers spend more time managing their guests' experience inside the four walls and less time managing their online reputations.
Let’s be honest - proving a public platform for people to bash restaurants online doesn’t really make it a whole lot easier for anyone to decide where to grab dinner tonight.
And because PAire doesn’t curate reviews or sell: advertising, SEO, reservation software, CRM, featured listings or any other services... there’s no conflict of interest or incentive to hold good reviews hostage...and no reason to buy, sell or solicit fake reviews.
The only person affected by a negative review on Paire is the person giving the negative review because the only person affected by your ratings are you.
Paire was designed to increase everyone’s chances of finding more restaurants they love. faster...and in turn, encourage more people to frequent more restaurants than they ever have before.
Paire isn’t just for those obsessed with food and discovering hidden gems in every city; it’s also designed to empower less frequent diners who might be hesitant to try something new out of fear that they might make a bad choice & an expensive mistake.How is compatibility determined / personal recommendations made on Paire?
When you download the Paire app, you are asked to take a series of PersonalTaste Quizzes. You may answer as many or as few of these quizzes as you like but the more you answer...and the more restaurants you privately review on Paire - the more reliable the recommendations will be.
Paire® Restaurant Guide crowdsources, classifies and then cross-references your quiz answers and opinions / ratings in order to continually develop your PersonalTaste Profile™️ regardless of what you eat, where you eat it and how you order it.
As your unique PersonalTaste Profile™️ develops, the A.I. Taste Recognition™ software determines which restaurants most closely match your profile and displays the level of compatibility using emoji face location pins...so every map is as unique as your own personal taste and individual preferences.How can I message other members? (Coming Soon)
In order to contact another member, you and the member you wish to contact through the app (whether an Individual or Enterprise member) must upgrade your membership to ClubLevel access for a fee.
ClubLevel access will not only enable you to connect with and message other ClubLevel members, it will give you the opportunity to see how compatible your taste is with other Club Members, set proximity notifications for: all Club Level members, or specific ClubLevel Members, set proximity alerts for restaurants & bars on your LISTS, create a group to see which restaurants are most compatible with your group's PersonalTaste Profile™, and more.How can I share one of my lists?
Whether you're an industry influencer or just the one all of your friends rely upon for dining recommendations - you can share any one of your lists by clicking on the 3 buttons in the top right hand corner of the list page and selecting "share".
You’ll be presented with options to:
Map List (Coming Soon)
Rename ListShare List
Selecting “Share List
” will open pre-selected options including sms, text, email as well as a selection of sharing directly to select social media channels.
Remember: When you share a list, you are making it discoverable by anyone who has the link and able to be imported / uploaded by any other member.When I upgrade to "ClubLevel" what can other members see about me? (Coming Soon)
"ClubLevel" members unlock more of the social features on Paire including the ability to find, connect with and message other "ClubLevel" members who will be able to see your: Name, Profile Photo, City/State, Bio and any Lists that you have decided to share / make public. What do the points on my profile mean?
The more restaurants you privately rate and more food quizzes you take - the more poits you’ll accumulate. When we release in-app purchases and make upgrades available, you will be able to redeem your points for those upgrades, unlock rewards and access exclusive discounts.
Right now, points only serve as a kind of “score” to measure your activity on the platform and enable you to claim bragging rights.
HOW TO EARN POINTS
Complete Profile: 5,000pts
Food Quizzes: 5,000pts / level
Restaurant Reviews: 3,000pts / ea.
Menu Item Review: 1.000pts / ea.
List Creation 1,000pts / outletWhat makes this app artificial intelligence?
Paire creates a knowledge store by collecting and organizing zero-party anonymous data as "variable data sets", combines them with other network collected data sets (e.g., answers to TastePersonality Quizzes, calculated commonality among members in the system, location information, etc..) to query then aggregate into more structured data to find patterns and understand associations that translate into a recommended action / recommendation or compatibility score represented by an emoji.
The calculated compatibility between any one member and a particular food or beverage outlet is not determined by any one opinionated individual or system whose bias might corrupt the recommendation. In other words, all predicted compatibility is the result of continuous mathematical equations which makes the calculated compatibility between you and any restaurant, not only objectively predictive but also artificial in nature.
The irony is that in order to remove bias from recommendations, we had to build an artificial intelligence algorithm that, in effect, is a celebration of bias by continual crowdsourcing, weighing and leveraging of seemingly insignificant common biases that exist (and will exist) in a fluid state among our membership.
Although predictive intelligence of this sort might seem more like apophenia
than the science of deep learning; most of the data results we're testing reveal compatibility determined with uncanny precision. One of the reasons for this is that every new piece of crowdsourced data is not only first hand and anonymous, it’s also linked to every other data point to facilitate the discovery of commonalities on an unprecedented level of granularity.
Another reason is that the data itself is “agnostic” - in that it is not sourced from a platform that might skew the data due to potential conflicts such as those that arise when consumers are presented with recommendations from companies who are tracking consumer behavior without the benefit of context or from platforms simultaneously soliciting additional services (e.g., advertising, exposure, reservation platforms, search engine optimization, point of sale systems or financial services) to the same businesses whose ratings & data they curate or feature as "recommended".
Paire’s aggregation of data results in an continually evolving algorithm that produces reliable results unique to each member thus making Paire a medium for personalized results some of our earliest adopters refer to as ”a dating app for your mouth".How secure is my payment method / financial information on Paire?
We don’t hold any of your payment information. All of that is handled by Stripe: the same trusted payment processor used by Warby Parker, Shopify, Doordash, The Guardian, Amazon, Reddit, Peloton, OpenTable, Target, Lyft, TED, Squarespace, Nat Geo, Twitch
and millions of others...
Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, we use the best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security at Stripe.
All card numbers are encrypted at rest with AES-256. Decryption keys are stored on separate machines. None of Stripe’s internal servers and daemons can obtain plaintext card numbers but can request that cards are sent to a service provider on a static allowlist. Stripe’s infrastructure for storing, decrypting, and transmitting card numbers runs in a separate hosting environment, and doesn’t share any credentials with Stripe’s primary services (API, website, etc.).
This and more information available at: https://stripe.com/docs/securityHow can I feature or promote my restaurant on Paire?
You can’t...at least not any more than any other restaurant is “promoted”.
We avoid conflicts of interest by NOT selling advertising, featured listings, higher rankings, SEO, reservation software, financial services or sponsored content to or for food or beverage outlets.
PAire® is not a pay-to-play system and we want to avoid any suspicion that our business practices present even the slightest conflict of interest.
So, how do we make money? Well...right now we don't. But as our membership grows, we expect complementary product and service providers (i.e., theatre venues, hotels, airlines, fashion / apparel lines, rideshare companies, third party delivery apps, rental car companies, visitors' bureaus, credit card companies, culinary publications / networks, etc...) may be interested in presenting our members with exclusive discounts & unique offers based on their specific preferences and unique interests. And we believe they'll pay us to present them to you WITHOUT having to reveal any personally identifying information (e.g., Bonvoy may be interested in extending an offer for a free night stay at the Moxy Charleston Downtown to all members who have three or more Charleston S.C. restaurants on one of their bucket lists but whose home location is a zip code outside of South Carolina).What does Paire do with the data it collects on its members?
When you anonymously review restaurants, bars, food trucks or pop-ups on Paire®, we collect all of the system-wide anonymous visits, purchases, ratings and reviews and then aggregate that non-identifying data so that we may present it anonymously to restaurants interested in comparing their own outlet’s performance against others inside (and outside) of their particular concept, category or market. The data we collect and may share is not and will never be be personally tied to you in a way that will reveal your identity or open you up to spam - nor does sharing it compromise your privacy. For example if you indicate on one of the Food Personality Taste Quizzes that you have a soy allergy...and 2,000 other members living near you also indicate that they too are allergic to soy; we may let our Enterprise Members know that approximately 2,000+ people living near their restaurant have a soy allergy. We do this to not only better serve you - but to also help our restaurant partners better serve the members of their community.Who is responsible for Paire's artwork, website and video production?
With the exception of icons by Icons8, sensa and Canva; all of the creative content on Paire including the website, video production, icons and images are created by our in-house creative team led by our Chief Creative Officer Nathan Maas.How do I cancel my membership ?
To cancel your membership (and to avoid any further charges for any upgraded feature or add-on) from your iphone, go to "Settings" and open your subscription settings, select "Paire" and choose "Cancel Subscription".
From your Android phone or Web app, tap on the burger (⌸) in the upper right hand corner of the screen, go to your profile page in the app, scroll to the bottom and select "Manage Membership".
You will be taken directly to the subscription management setting where you can then elect to cancel your subscription.
We're sorry if you decide to go and we don't want to make leaving difficult - but sometimes bad things happen to good code, systems go down, bugs pop up and glitches occur. The good news is that we know how to fix them so if you encounter any issues and have trouble cancelling your subscription, please don't hesitate to message us directly and let us know: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat's up with the .org web address for Paire's parent company: Hawser LLC.?
Hawser LLC is a Public Benefit Company. "A Public Benefit Company or Public benefit Corporation is an business organization that includes a positive impact on society, workers, the community and the environment in addition to profit as its legally defined goals, in that the definition of "best interest of the corporation" is specified to include those impacts. Hawser LLC. has stated as much or more in their operating agreement as well as their mission and values statements that are available online (www.Hawser.org) and recited during the commencement of meetings. Furthermore it is understood that Traditional C corporation law does not specify the definition of "best interest of the corporation"
which has led to profit motivations being used as the main driver for best interests.
Any business may choose to file as a benefit corporation instead of a traditional C corporation for many reasons... benefit corporations' directors and officers operate the business with the same authority and behavior as in a traditional corporation, but are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on employees, customers, the community, and local or global environment...and therefore can not be penalized for putting public good above profitability.