Excellent questions. Thank you for asking.
On the issue of food safety:
1) Smartphone video technology is what makes the breakthrough of an "Uber for home cooking" safe because the entire meal preparation is recorded and live streamed on the website: https://www.deylandra.net/food-safety-rules
2) My mother is a retired health inspector. She is my primary financial backer and is advising me along with two of her health inspector colleagues.
On the issue of the government shutting us down.
1) The network will be decentralized like bitcoin and impossible for the government to shutdown. They would have to go after individual chefs. That is like saying you're going to shutdown bitcoin by targeting miners. The health department usually operates on a county level, meaning there are thousands of different jurisdictions in the United States.
A) Enforcement won't be able to coordinate across that many jurisdictions.
B) Enforcement does not have the resources to stop thousands of chefs.
C) If our network is safer than restaurants, enforcement loses the moral high ground.
D) Enforcement generally lacks teeth. It starts with a warning.
E) There are many valid arguments for why the network is legal.
I would foresee certain counties giving us problems and making it impossible to operate within a county, just like how certain cities pass laws against Uber and Lyft. That's an obstacle for sure, but losing a handful of counties out of thousands, that's still a massive business.
On the issue of why an ICO is needed:
1) Crypto currency is required over Visa and MasterCard because it's in a grey area of the law. A bank could easily shutdown one's merchant account, destroying the entire network.
2) Bitcoin and Ethereum have transaction fees that are too expensive for a food network where the average meal is $5. That is why I chose Stellar.
3) A new coin would provide funding to build and expand the network.
4) A person's first meal on the network needs to be free to overcome the learning curve. Issuing a new currency and giving it away for free to first time customers would provide the funding to do this. If it were an already established crypto currency, then the network would require tens of millions of dollars in VC funding, but there would be no way to pay the VCs back without charging fees on the network, for example, 10% of sales, but that requires a central entity that the government could target and then shutdown.