New Delivery Option Fills the Void Left by Restaurants and Existing Services in the City of Angels
Munchery, the company whose chefs cook up fresh dinners that are delivered right to people’s doors, launches in Los Angeles today, bridging the gap between restaurant cuisine and home cooking. Already serving San Francisco, Seattle, and New York, co-founders Tri Tran and Conrad Chu are looking forward to helping Angelenos reclaim dinnertime. Celebrity investors include Roy Choi, Jon Favreau, Jared Leto, and Edward Norton.
“Answering ‘What’s for dinner?’ is hard!” says Tran. “Munchery is our way of making it easier for people like us—people with busy schedules, adventurous palates, and household budgets.”
With this goal in mind, local chefs with pedigrees that include Patina, Blue Plate Oysterette, and Hatfield’s prepare individual entrées, salads, sides, and desserts, as well as healthy and tempting kids’ meals, at the local Munchery kitchen.
Menus comprising a range of cuisines change everyday. They feature homey favorites like Char-Grilled Atlantic Salmon with horseradish crushed potatoes, and asparagus and Chicken Coconut Rice with steamed broccoli and shiitake mushrooms, more refined choices such as Spring Pea Lasagnette, and international favorites like Posole Roja and Thai Shrimp Mango Salad. Kids’ meals include options such as Turkey Tenders and Baked Beef Empanadas. Everyone in the family can choose their own meal, and still eat dinner together.
Meals are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are procured from local, organic sources as much as possible. Dishes are fully cooked, chilled for maximum freshness, and served in oven- and microwave-safe containers for easy heating in minutes. Garnishes and sauces come on the side, so diners can add the final touch to their taste.
Since each dish (including kids’ meals) is created by a specific chef, people can order from their favorites, rate dishes, leave reviews, and even communicate directly with individual chefs.
Prices start at $8 for entrees, about $4 for sides and salads, and from $2 for drinks and desserts. Kids’ meals are about $5.
Users order on the website (www.munchery.com) or mobile app (available for iOS and Android) and choose either on-demand delivery, which arrives in about 30 minutes, or scheduled delivery for up to seven days in advance. A text notifies people a few minutes before their order arrives. There’s no order minimum or subscription commitment.
With this launch, Munchery continues its conscientious business practices by minimizing its carbon footprint. Delivery trays are made from biodegradable and compostable bamboo and sugar cane fibers, and bags are made of 100% recycled paper. Plus, Munchery offsets the impact of every delivery by planting trees through The Conservation Fund.
In keeping with the belief that everyone deserves a nourishing dinner made with quality ingredients, Munchery has partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to feed an Angeleno in need with every order. Partnerships in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York include the Marin Food Bank, Northwest Harvest, and City Harvest, respectively.
Munchery delivers from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Initially, Munchery will be available in Westside neighborhoods and will quickly expand to other areas by the end of summer, with new hours and services coming soon.