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Food Gift in Vancouver - Basket or Meals

kpzoo Feb 22, 2013 02:39 PM

Hi BC hounds... I want to send a food gift to someone in Vancouver going through a health challenge and could use some help. Maybe a gift certificate for some home-cooked meals from a personal chef service, or some type of more practical food basket - i.e. not a bunch of fancy jams.

If all else fails I'll do Edible Arrangements, but would love a few local options. I looked through some old posts and did some Googling but so far haven't found anything that quite fits the bill.

Thanks in advance.

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    reiney Feb 22, 2013 05:52 PM

    Is delivery/in-home prep a requirement? If not, you could try Harvest Community Foods. Not personal chef per se but they're a small business that would probably work with you to create something.


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    1. re: reiney
      kpzoo Feb 22, 2013 05:58 PM

      Thanks for this. Delivery will definitely be a requirement, in-home prep is not.

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      Hachidori Feb 22, 2013 06:39 PM

      In another thread someone mentioned bettermeals.ca ... I haven't used them myself.

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        À la carte Feb 22, 2013 07:05 PM

        I'd bookmarked the Travelling Gourmet (http://www.travellingourmet.com/) a while ago but haven't tried them yet. Looks like they offer personal chef service gift certificates. I also poked around the web a bit and found Time to Eat (http://timetoeat.ca/), Marmalady Catering (http://www.marmaladycatering.com/), The Invisible Chef (http://www.theinvisiblechef.ca/index....) -- all could probably do gift certificates, even though only the invisible guy mentions it. Hope one of these fits the bill, and good luck!

        1. kpzoo Feb 23, 2013 07:05 AM

          Thanks for all the ideas, everyone - appreciated.

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            islandgirl Feb 23, 2013 08:50 AM

            In the more practical vein, perhaps a selection of items from SPUD (Small Potatoes Urban Delivery). They are a local, organic grocery delivery service but you can place your order online and they will deliver on a specific day of the week. You can order everything from basics (milk, eggs, fresh fruit and verg) to frozen meals. It all comes packed in a rubbermaid container with freezer bags, etc included.

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            1. re: islandgirl
              kpzoo Feb 24, 2013 04:03 PM

              islandgirl - thanks a lot for the SPUD suggestion. I somehow missed seeing it before now. Will keep in mind for the future.

            2. KarenDW Feb 23, 2013 09:48 PM

              you could also check on www.personalchefvancouver.ca
              (full disclosure, I'm on there)

              1. kpzoo Feb 24, 2013 04:02 PM

                In the end I went with a "family fun" basket from Itz-a-Wrap, which includes goodies and games.


                Not what I originally had in mind, but since I first posted I learned that the wonderful Vancouver friends of the person I'm sending the gift to have organized a "meal train" to take care of all their meals for the next while.

                Side note - not one of the personal chef services seemed to offer just a simple button/link for ordering a gift certificate online. A missed opportunity for sure.

                Thanks again to all for the ideas.

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