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Jan 1, 2012 03:17 PM

Know any Pre-made (NOT COOKED) food delivery services in Cambridge? Sometimes called Take & Bake.

Hi all,

My wife and I are about to have our first little tyke, so we're fairly sure we're not going to have a ton of time to go dining out anymore (or even cook much at home). Was wondering if any of you hounds know of any "Take & Bake" places in Cambridge or Boston that would deliver, or if not deliver, do a quick pick up service?

For those not familiar, these are pretty common out west and even in the south. I saw a few in Rhode Island, but never here. Basically these are kitchens that pre-assemble meals but don't cook them. They usually deliver the food in large aluminum foil baking pans (can hold a lot of servings, maybe a few days worth) and the idea is that you take them home, throw them in the oven, and boom, you'e got a high quality meal that someone else prepped but which you actually cooked in your home. Great way to save on time without skimping on quality. Back when i was in Rochester, there were even a few well known restaurants that had this kind of service as a side business.

To be clear, this isn't a dedicate Chef's service... it doesn't cost nearly as much becuase there are usually only a dozen or so meals available and you get them in bulk. This is more of a convenience play offered by some restaurants, caterers, and occasionally some chef's who dable in home service.

If anyone knows of any reasonably priced versions of this kind of service that would work for a couple in Cambridge, please let me know. We'd be thankful to have some food-prep help during those first few months of baby work!

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  1. I've heard good things about these two services, but have never used either one:

    HTH! Congratulations -

    2 Replies
    1. re: sallyt

      This is exactly what I was looking for. =) Know any others? It would be great to compare. Many thanks, Sallyt!

      1. re: sallyt

        I have used Healthy Habits Kitchen many times and found their food to be quite good, and indeed healthful. I have friends who swear by Harrows chicken pot pies:, but I've never had one.

        Congrats to you and your wife!


      2. Cuisine en Locale delivers prepared food from local, often farmers-market ingredients, at a reasonable price. The food is good, the people are very nice, and the service is convenient, but they are VERY dedicated to the "local" part, which means that in wintertime you'd better be a fan of cabbage and beets.