Here’s a slightly more interesting take on the good-food-without-leaving-home model. Munchery, which already operates in San Francisco, Seattle and New York City, launches today with the idea of letting top-notch chefs cook your meal in a commissary kitchen, and then delivering said dishes straight to your door. Well, someone will be delivering them, not the chefs. You get the point.
The idea, says Munchery, is to bring chef-driven cuisine to the delivery market without the hassle of limited restaurant menus, which may or may not be available in your area anyway. There’s even a culinary director — in LA’s case, Warren Schwartz who previously ran Warren’s Blackboard and before that helmed Westside Tavern — who works with younger talent gleaned from local restaurants to craft the seasonal dishes.
There’s an app for ordering the pre-made meals (they’re meant to be reheated) through Munchery, which officially launches in Los Angeles today. So far, the only areas they serve are found on the Westside, from Venice to Palms to the Pacific Palisades, but there are of course plans to expand as demand increases. Delivery is for dinner only (from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily) and some meals are even vegan and gluten-free. Not bad for entrees in the $8 to $12 range.
If you don’t feel like cooking dinner or going out (and you live around the 405), the no-subscription, no-minimum service could become your new nightly go-to.