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Oct 16, 2006 11:56 PM

Super Supper - New to Our Area Concept

Over the weekend I stumbled into a new shop that opened in our area and I found the concept quite interesting. They do all the prep work for a meal, such as chopping the vegetables, etc. There are several counters in the shop and each counter features two different meals. You select the meal you would like to purchase, follow the instructions posted at the top of the counter and take the appropriate amount and type of ingredients from the bins in the counter and put them into a foil type container. They give you the cooking instructions and you can take this home where you make the meal.

I know sometimes part of cooking is the fun of buying and selecting the ingredients etc. but if you are short on time and still want to have something home cooked this seems like the way to go. They even provide the meat. The bonus is the price - $10.50 for a meal that feeds three people.

I'm surprised no one has discussed this concept on this board in the past, or perhaps they have but I missed it. In any case, has anyone out there tried this and if so how did you like it?

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  1. I think the most famous company is Dream Dinners, but I don't think it's as cheap as what you've described. At those prices, I would give it a try.

    1. Well, you have to buy some minimum amount of dinners usually. But, since each one is a franchise, the owners may be trying to do it in this individual way, to get people to try one dinner and then if they like it, to come in and do a 6 dinner menu or somethnig...that's what it sounds liek anyhow.

      Price I see out here is $65-$70 for 6 meals and $125 for 12 meals with a $20 additional if you want one of themeals to be prime rib.

      Its an interesting concept, and maybe will at least get some families to sit down together at home to eat.

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      1. re: Cathy

        This has come up in a thread somewhere, maybe the one about things people buy that you don't get? I've ordered Dinners Done for my SIL when she had her baby. Your place is a much better deal. It's $154 for 8 dinners at DD. You can separate each meal into two so for a small family, it is 16 meals. Much better than fast food and for people who don't cook, it's a way to expand their horizons.

      2. just curious: what is the quality of the food items--do they state sources or brands? say, as in, is the pork or chicken injected with a brine solution, preservatives, etc., or is everything generic? I would wonder about the quality in a for-profit operation like that.

        1. It's been discussed some, but generally looked down upon by most Chowhounds. We have several meal prep places like it in Kansas City, some franchised, but also some that are local. I think it would be nice to do it just to have some back-up meals on hand, but am leary about the quality as well. I plan to try it with one of the local companies soon. I also think it would be a great present for new moms. One of the local places near us will throw a baby shower for you where everyone pays to come and make one meal for themselves and one meal for the mom-to-be, so the mom-to-be ends up coming away with a dozen (or however many people are invited)meals... I think that's a great idea!

          1. Here's an old thread that may be of interest:

            Haven't tried the one in my area because I like the "work" that goes into cooking, like to have control of my ingredients and recipes, and am a freezer phobe. If I'm too busy/tired to cook, then that's a perfect excuse to eat out!

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            1. re: Carb Lover

              Count me in on a freezer phobe as well... I guess we'll see! My grandma freezes EVERYTHING and it always seems to taste good no matter what! It's certainly something I'll have to report back on if I do it!