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Does anyone know of a service that delivers home cooked
dinners to people who are unable to cook for themselves? An
elderly couple who lives near me complain that they are
eating too much processed food b/c they aren't really able
to cook much. The service would have to deliver since my
neighbors don't drive.
And of course they are on a limited income so nothing too fancy.
I used to volunteer with Albany's Senior Center delivering
warm meals to seniors in the community. I believe this
service was free? Please check with the local senior
center in the town that this couple lives and see if they
have something similar.
Check out Home on the Range, an Emeryville business that
delivers cooked meals in the East Bay.
Friends gave me a gift card for their meals when I was
sick, it was tasty and convenient.
Three Stone Hearth makes wonderful healthy meals and they
can deliver. Check out the website.
I love Susan at ''One Less Thing'' in Berkeley. The menu
changes daily. She uses fresh local ingredients and offers
vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. I have really
enjoyed her cooking. It's comfort food - creative and
delicious. Prices are extremely reasonable and she
delivers in Berkeley. You can reach her at
We have used Jessie et Laurent during times when we were too
busy to cook (e.g. new baby, one parent in school, the other
at work w/two toddlers, moving, etc....) Their meals are
absolutely delicious, fabulously flavorful, healthy, easy to
heat or even freeze. The variety of dishes is so vast that
we never had a dish twice even though we used them over
large periods of time, repeatedly. Meals are not greasy and
just the right size.
Love Jessie et Laurent
I am a house-husband and my family is tired of my cooking.
So, I'm asking for advice either for a service I can order great catered dinners to be
delivered once or twice per week, and/or a really good cook-book to try some new
meals with. We live in Berkeley.
There are more and more of these companies popping up. I first
learned about them through someone in a class I took and they
raved about them. The company I used is located only on the
east coast but this one may be comparable:
Try a Google search on 'prepared meals delivered to your
home'. Good luck!
Hi John, While not a service that will cook for you, I'm a big
fan of an online meal-planning outfit called The Six O'Clock
Scramble (www.thescramble.com). We were in a rut and up against
the clock every night and bored bored bored with our usuals. The
Scramble answers the eternal question of ''What's for dinner?'' and
provides five meals and a grocery list in a weekly email.
There's also a large database of recipes to customize any menu so
you can account for likes and dislikes. Every meal we've made
has been quite (and sometimes surprisingly) tasty, and one can
easily embellish the basic recipes. There's a subscription fee,
but it's pretty reasonable - cheaper than take-out! We kept
trying to meal plan and never did, now we have a week's worth of
recipes and the groceries with which to make them on hand. And
we're making things we wouldn't normally have made, changing up
our habits, eating more healthfully and refreshing our palates.
I'm sure a billion people will say the same thing, but: 3 Stone
Their food is 'home' cooked & really amazing - very healthy &
super-yummy. Not so good if you're a vegetarian.
It's not catered, per se, though I know they do offer delivery in
some areas - but the food can be picked up from their store (on
University, between California & Sacramento) Wednesdays &
Thursdays, and keeps for at least a week...
I'm convinced they've literally saved my life as a new mom who
just cannot always get it together to cook, but wants to eat real
I can recommend Tota To Go, a new family meal service here in
Berkeley specializing in Southern Italian cuisine. They catered
my son's 1st year birthday party last month and it was delicious!
Here's his contact info: Antonio Capezzuto
I am pregnant and on bed rest and my husband cannot cook to
save his life. Making a box of mac and cheese is an
undertaking for him, and I am really getting sick of frozen
food and take-out. I am wondering if anyone knows of a
service in the area (Berkeley) where someone comes and cooks
food at your house or delivers meals to your house? I have
heard of similar services in other areas...
Thanks in advance!
It doesn't sound like cost is an issue for you, but a somewhat less expensive
alternative to having someone actually come and cook at your house might be to
use one of the dinner prep places. For example, Dream Dinners in El Cerrito
Plaza (right next to the new Joann's) allows you to come and put together your
own ingredients (not for you?) **OR** just pick up prepared items that you cook
when you want (no other prep necessary). You can check their website for more
info. If you want to actually go to the location and do the prep, they have set
hours. However, if you want to pick up pre-prepared meals (just not cooked) I
think Tina (one of the owners) would be willing to meet you there at a convenient
~dinner for the fam~
Try Jessie et Laurent. You do it all online-- www.jessieetlaurent.com
The food is excellent and many items you can freeze. They deliver once weekly.
They saved my life when I was pregnant and then home with a newborn.
Check out Home on the Range, http://www.homeontherangemeals.com/. They prepare
meals and deliver them. I used it when I was sick, it was good.
Go to http://www.jessieetlaurent.com/ We have used this cooking service for
probably 8-years and have never grown tired of it. It is easy to use - order
on-line - and while the menus repeat themselves over time, they introduce enough
new things periodically to keep it interesting. They delvier to your house once a
week, and everything lasts the week just as they say it does. Cost is much less
than an in-home cooking service and from what we have experienced from friends
with personal chefs, for the price, the quality is every bit as good.
We got started with Jessie after Webvan went bust and we had twins. It has been
a savior ever since.
no time to cook
We have happily used a young woman who delivers delicious food on Tuesdays. She
is jessica at everydaygourmet510.com We got her name originally from BPN. She gives
you a choice of selections, and you may choose one, several, or none. She will
take food allergies into account, if need be. With some consultation, she may be
able to give you a low salt meal if your doctor advises. We think she is
fantastic. You can check her website or send her an email. She is lovely about
answering questions. (She may still be on her honeymoon, but she's was due to
return this week.) Also, feel free to email me. Again, she is:
jessica at everydaygourmet510.com
P.S. Another service is the prepared food at Planet Organics. We mainly use them
to deliver produce to our home, but they'll also bring other things.
For more personal service, Pamela Little will come to your home and do meal
planning, shopping (at farmer's markets too), food prep, and cooking, or deliver
home cooked meals to your home. She currently works providing these services for
a family with two children that I know in Berkeley. What a treat! She's a
graduate of Berkeley's Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts.
she can be reached at: cell 530-587-2122
Searching for meal preparation and delivery service for a month after second child
is born. Any recommendations for services that would delivery or be an easy pick
up spot from Oakland?
Check Chez Ellen website: www.chez-ellen.com.
Ellen is an amazing chef who accommodates any diet and her meals are
absolutely delicious. I feel like we are eating out in a gourmet
restaurant most of the time with her delivered meals. Ellen could also
cook at your home. I am not sure if she has a spot open, but if she
does: you are in for a treat!
With one young kid and another on the way, I'm considering a meal prep
or personal chef service. I'm interested in current recommendations.
Also, I like the idea of organic, healthy and not more than $800-$1000
per month for 4-6 meals a week. Is this realistic?
need help with food!
I've been going to a ''meal assembly'' place once a month for three
years. LOVE IT- and you'd spend way less than you mentioned in your post
(more like $250 a month). We used a personal chef for a short time about
8 years ago, and we loved that too, but we were in an area with a lower
cost of living. I currently have been going to Dream Dinners, but there
is another place called ''Full Plate'' that you could also check out.
Look at www.mealassembly.net for another search tool. Dream Dinners
doesn't have an organic focus, but you can check with the other companies
to see what they offer. We've been very happy with the convenience and
price of meal assembly, and I know we're eating at home much more than we
busy mom of 2
Looking for reccomendations for meal delivery (daily or weekly) in the area. With the arrival of our
new baby, we've sort of maxed out on pizza and chinese....
I've thought about something like Dream Dinners, but wonder if there are any places like this that
use more organic and local ingredients?
tired of the kitchen
We recently had a baby and used the Dinner Fairy for some meals, and were very
pleased. She uses farmers market items when possible and the food tastes very
fresh. Great service, too! www.thedinnerfairy.net
-a new mom
Try planetorganics.com -check out the ''full plate meal kits''! They have lots of
I'm a new parent too and a relative gave me a gift certificate to Home on The Range
www.homeontherangemeals.com I've been saving it for a really busy night, so
haven't used it yet, but it sounds like it's worth a try!
Here's to happy tummies!
Check out www.threestonehearth.com- they are a coop business focused on making
delicious, organic, locally produced prepared meals- you can order online and they
deliver or you can pick up the food weekly at their kitchen in Berkeley. Yummy!
Check out www.everydaygourmet510.com Food and service is wonderful. Not the
cheapest, but portions are fair size and we think well worth it. Also
www.threestonehearth.com You have to pick up your own meals or join a cluster group
(sharing pick up dates with others in your area). These meals are extremely healthy
and yummy and prepared by a very sweet, aware bunch of people! I never miss a
weekly pick up, unless we are out of town.
onika mann onikalh at yahoo.com
We have used Home on the Range for years. They have very nice meals and you can
call up to 1pm for same day delivery. Very reasonable and healthy with a variety of
Sick of cooking
We are a family of two mostly vegetarian, working professionals
and one 4-year old. It is increasingly more difficult to make
time to cook healthy meals on the weeknights. I have tried some
of the meal assembly places (Dream Dinners, Dinner Source, etc.)
and like them but they do not offer enough vegetarian options for us.
I am interested in finding a service that will prepare healthy
vege or fish-based meals (either fully cooked or prepped for me
to cook) 3X week to deliver to our home in Central Contra costa
county. We could also pick up if the pick up place is close to
home. I am not interested in a personal chef as the cost is
prohibitive for us. I've found some meal prep services online
but they seem pretty expensive (maybe I just don't know what
these services are supposed to cost?) or they are not in Contra
Any recommendations to help this busy family who are tired of
Trader Joes and Take-Out?
I really like Three Potato Four, which I learned about through a BPN recommendation.
They deliver fully prepared meals. They are vegetarian, mostly organic and really good.
The portion size is reasonable, and they have sustainable delivery method so no
wasted packaging. I have tried a few different meal service options and this is by far
my favorite. The website lists their pricing options and menus.
Aubegine Catering at http://www.auberginecatering.com/ is
wonderful. We've been working with Joan for 1.5 years, and her
food is excellent and the service wonderful.
I have recently been ordering a couple of Dinner Source meals
each week in my Planet Organics weekly box. I think the meals
are delicious - some of them I just put in the oven and that's it,
others I need to brown chicken first or somehting similar.
The best part of Dinner Source is you don;t have to use
your brain at all, which is nice if you are coming home from work
and everybody is cranky and hungry. Everything is done for you!
They offer both organic and
non-organic and include vegetarian selections.
I've been very happy with the meals. One tip: some of the more
delicious meals such as Indian curries are too spicy for my 5-year-old so be aware of
that and order accordingly.
The latest ''thing'' seems to be pre-prepped dinners such as The
Dinner Source, The Home Bistro and Dream Dinners. As I'm
nearing the end of my 2nd pregnancy, the idea is intriguing to
me and I'd love to hear feedback on these companies. I believe
there is a location in Modesto that even offers preparation
and/or delivery to us pregnant ladies -- for free! This is
most appealing, but Modesto is too far away for me. I'm not
opposed to standing in a commercial kitchen assembling dinners
to shove in my freezer but if I can get someone to do it for
free, you better believe I'll take advantage of THAT offer! So
who's used one of these outfits and what is your take on it?
Worth the money? Do I need a chest freezer to store all the
food? Or am I better off buying frozen entrees at Trader
Joes? And really specifically.....can I get that pregnant lady
special anywhere around here? ;-)
The Dinner Source is good. The food is consistently tasty, easy to prepare (though for
only $4/meal they'll prep it for you.) The recipes do seem to call for a little too much
salt for my family's tastes, but I just leave it out or use less than the recipes say.
need to have your freezer pretty much empty to fit in 6-8 meals at a time, but it's nice
to purge it out in preparation for your Dinner Source visit. (Amazing what's edible in
there!) After baby #2 I used both Dinner Source and the frozen TJ's stuff - for ease and
I tried one of those places a few times. My experience was
that it was fun and easy, and the food was tasty, BUT the
majority of the choices were a meat with a marinade, there were
very few vegetables involved. If that is your preffered meal
anyway, I say go for it. But it didn't work for me because
unless I prepared a side dish (which I don't have time to do -
that is the whole point), we ended up eating way more meat and
hardly any vegetables. The other problem is that the food is
pre-assembled but not pre-cooked, so you have to plan on
spending anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes cooking the food after
you thaw it. Also it is pretty expensive. I prefer to use the
same concept of preparing meals for the freezer - in my own
kitchen. You can make a triple batch of some good all-in-one
dishes, like lasagna, or chicken curry w/vegetables, soups,
individually wrapped burritos, that are pre-cooked, and then
just freeze them for later. I found several books at the
library with menus specifically designed to freeze, like four
meals that all use chicken in various forms, etc.
-not a fan
A couple months ago I went to the Solano Street Fair and
remember seeing a booth for a meal delivery service. But I
forgot to pick up the brochure and can't remember the name. It
was a company started by a mother, and it provides nutritious
meals delivered to your home. Does anyone know what this
company is called? Or does anyone have a suggestion for a
similar company in the Bay Area? I am expecting my second
child and, when the baby arrives, I would like to be able to
have nutritious hot meals delivered that are suitable for me (a
breastfeeding mother) as well as my toddler (2 years old). Any
suggestions would be much appreciated!
We tried chickweed catering (www.chickweedcatering.com 282-
7605) and loved the food. they deliver on thursdays and i
think everything is organic. they have veg and non veg
entrees, salad, side dishes, small desert. $25 per meal.
portions are large. we ordered three meals and made it into two
dinners for two. low fat, high flavor.
We have been living in S. Berkeley for a couple of years and have
had NO luck finding good Chinese delivery. We have checked all
the websites we can find and no luck. If you have a place you
like that delivers (this is the key) please pass it on. Thanks.
Mandarin Garden, on Shattuck at University, delivers to
Berkeley, Albany, Kensington and Emeryville. The food is
great, and they always send along a little something extra.
A colleague and his wife just had a new baby. We co-workers
are interested in having dinner delivered to them, since it is
such a tremendous convenience to have a meal that just needs to
be heated-up at the time when a family is adjusting to a new-
born. The family lives in Oakland. Can anyone recommend a
reasonably-priced service that can deliver a nutritious dinner?
Ellen Doren of Chez Ellen Personal Chef Services is a superb
chef who cooks for various families in the Bay Area including
meal delivery. Her menus are inventive and her cooking is
wonderfully delicious. I have used her in the past and have
been very satisfied. She has a website -- chez-ellen.com -- and
her phone is 510-428-CHEF.
Ellen Doren from Chez Ellen is a very creative personal chef
who prepares or/and delivers gourmet meals. Her menus are based
on your likes and dislikes. She has cooked for us for 3 years
now, weekly meals and private parties. She is simply great!
Her website: www.chez-ellen.com
Planet Organics, the organic grocery delivery company, now
delivers both prepared heat-and-eat organic meals and meal
kits. The meal kits have all the ingredients for a pretty
sophisticated dinner (for 2 or 4 people), cut up and portioned,
so all you have to do is put it together on the stove. It takes
about 20 minutes and the food is excellent. The prepared meals
are less expensive and there are 4-5 to choose from - meat,
fish, vegetarian, etc. All organic and ready to be eaten.
I'm looking for recommendations for a service that will provide
frozen meals/entrees. I've looked at the personal chef
recommendations in the archives, and they're not quite what I'm
looking for. It seemed they're geared toward doing a number of
nights of complete dinners for consumption in the very short
term, but what I'm hoping to find is someone who can fill my
freezer with a variety of healthy two- and three-person entrees
for consumption on busy nights over the course of a month or so,
with me still providing side dishes. Is that someone just
called Trader Joe's? I guess I was hoping for something a step
up from that. Also, we're a vegetarian family, and I figured we
could get more variety going with a service. Any
Expecting Number Two
I have three you can give a look at:
Does anyone have a recommendation for a gourmet food company that delivers
a new product each month? I'm not picky about the actual food type, but I'm
thinking mustards, jams, or cheeses. It just needs to be excellent and reliable.
I love Viansa Winery's monthly gourmet food/wine club called
the ''Tuscan Club.'' Their products are excellent. You can chose
to get just wine, just food products, or both. Getting their
box every month is a treat.
We are expecting our second child soon and are looking for an
affordable meal delivery service preferably one that delivers
organic and/or vegetarian meals. Any information would be
Just last week a posting was made on BPN by Aubergine Catering.
They prepare and deliver organic meals.
Hope I'm not out of line to recommend my husband's business, but
I am a frequent and lucky consumer of his healthful and organic
cooking - his business is the Pedaling Gourmet. His is
technically a personal chef business, rather than meal delivery;
however, incase you have trouble finding organic/vegetarian
delivery options, please check out his website at
Home on the Range, 251-8030, always has at least one veggie
option, but not organic. Dinners are about $11 each, including
salad and roll, delivery is free with two dinners.
a satisfied occasional customer
Hi, A Chef's Eye, based out of Montclair always has at least 2
veggie meals on their weekly menu and I am sure they can make
more for you if you ask them. Their email is
orders AT achefseye.com They deliver all over the east bay.
We have been ordering for more than 6 months now from Aubergine -
a weekly home delivery caterer. The food is very, very yummy.
My husband describes it ''like French countryside''. Joan offers
both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes (and I think makes
vegetarian versions of several of the meat dishes). From her web
site: ''Only organic and free-range meats are used, and
pesticide-free and organic produce is used whenever possible.''
Anyway, check it out. We have young children, and this makes up
for not going out to nice restaurants - many times we heat the
food while one of us puts the children to bed and then we have a
excellent meal at home together. Well worth it!
After seeing a post for Aubergine catering
(www.auberginecatering.com) on the BPN,we signed up for 4 meal
deliveries. We have two small children and longed for good food
that we didn't have to leave the house for or prepare ourselves.
The first delivery came this past Wednesday and it was
fantastic! They use organic free-range meats and organic produce
and the delivery is free. They also have kid choices. It
reminded us of Oliveto's in Rockridge.
I'm interested in exploring options for meal delivery services
and the archives are dated and a little sparse. Anyone using
Aubergine and/or Jesse et Laurent (whose contact info I couldn't
find)? Others you like?
I am so glad that you asked about meal delivery services
because we just started using one that we love. Its called A
Chef's Eye, based out of Montclair. We originally got this
service as a gift after I had my second baby, but we continued
on with it because its so good and affordable. Its run by two
very talented female chefs who designed this service to be
affordable to the average family with kids. The way it works
is that they will send you a menu via email every Monday. From
that, you email back your choices. They deliver the meals to
your door on Monday morning. Every week we get 6 meals
delivered, plus a side item and some dessert. So there is
enough for my husband and I, plus our 2 year old son for 3
nights. Its fantastic. There are many choices such as fish,
or vegetarian. And there is always something that kids like,
like pasta or fruit compote on the menu. We end up spending
about $80 a week on this, which is cheaper frankly than if we
did takeout or even cooked. Plus, we get a variety in our diet
(so many different vegetables, etc) that we wouldn't get if we
cooked ourselves. My husband loves the fact that meals are
prepared and ready, and there is no clean up for him to do for
at least 3 nights a week. It makes for more relaxed evenings
and more time with each other. And the other nice thing is that
you can do it one week here or there if you are busy...no
commitment. Their phone number is 510 339-0503 or you can
email them and ask for a menu lisa AT achefseye.com. You can
email me if you have specific questions.
Contact information for Jessie et Laurent can be found here:
Google is your friend
Excellent Home Delivered Meals
Beans catering provides gourmet, fully prepared, organic when
possible meals delivered to your refrigerator once a week at a
Tina ... Ernano AT aol.com
There is another fabulous meal delivery service offered by 2
women chefs (Traci and Judy).It's called Delish Dish. They are
new and almost online but not quite yet,(I have been using them
for about 2 months now) but all you have to do is call their
office 1-925-979-0078, and they will drop off a brochure and a
menu (changes weekly). They drop off meals on Mondays and
Wednesdays.(up to 6 meals per person/per week) Each meal comes
with a pretty big entree with 2 sides, salad and small desert.
They also have kids meals. Their office is in Alamo, their kitchen
is in Berkeley. I believe they deliver from Alamo, Lafayette (most
business in Lafayette I think) and Berkeley and most points in
between. I highly recommend them! They will drop meals off for
special occasions too and do regular catered events.
I have friends in LA, living north of downtown, near Silverlake, who've just
had twin girls. I'd like to get them something to make life easier, along
the lines of Home on the Range meal delivery, or line up a post-partum
doula-type who could come in and cook them a week's worth of meals. (Not
long ago it would have been a Webvan gift certificate, but alas . . . ) I
do know about Dinners Delivered in Pasadena, which will deliver restaurant
food a la Takeout Taxi, but I had in mind something a little more overtly
domestic and healthful. Can anyone suggest something or someone to fit the
bill? Thanks a lot.
In reply to LA-area meal delivery service, I have a good suggestion. Check
out the following website:
My husband is a personal chef in the Bay Area who does just this type of
thing and is very popular with new parents. I think you'll find most of the
chefs listed on this site are reasonably priced and provide just the service
you're looking for.
I have used the services of an excellent post-partum doula, Treesa McLean,
for meal preparation in my home. She's great about collaborative menu
planning with emphasis on healthy organic iron- and protein-rich foods that
new moms need. She does the food shopping per your specifications and can
cook up several tasty meals in an afternoon...and does a thorough clean-up
afterwards! She is also a very kind and knowledgeable person. I believe she
offers her services on a sliding scale of $15-25 per hour. You can contact
her directly at 510/581-1013
Web van delivers cooked meals. Check it out http://www.webvan.com
Home on the Range: 251-8030 does this.
There's another one, but I can't remember their name.
There is also Dine-One-One, at http://www.dine11.com/
The following place has a list of all places that deliver:
I've also heard very good things about Jesse et Laurent, which I think
is based in Marin.
I can recommend my neighbor, Mary Ann Simmons, telephone 510/845-3161. Her
is healthy and delicious and she's a very good person, a mensch.
She delivers a menu for each week and you pick the item(s) you prefer for the
day(s) you want a delivery.
I have a great recommendation for you. Call Nancye Benon or "Ms. Dish" as
she is know. She prepared some wonderful vegan meals for us during a time
when I could not cook and the food was wonderful. She specializes in Vegan
and organic foods and she can do special requests. She is pretty reasonable
too. Right now she works a a personal chef who prepared meals in you home
and she has sample menus etc. She's great. 510-459-7480.
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