• Home Chef Delivers Fresh Ingredients to Busy Planners' Doorsteps

     
    POSTED October 27, 2015
     

Looking for a way to still cook meals at home but just don’t have the time to do it all? Home Chef is a food delivery service with a fresh twist. Great for working professionals like planners, the company makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze by giving you meal ideas, shopping for you, portioning everything out and delivering fresh ingredients to your doorstep. All you have to do is cook.

Home Chef subscribers can pick from a rotating weekly menu of eight to 10 meal options. Culinary Director Justin Paruszkiewicz and his team create recipes like mushroom risotto, carne asada with mashed black beans, and shrimp and grits. Choices also work well to accommodate a number of dietary restrictions and habits with options for vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free and other eating preferences. Recently, the service partnered with protein brand Gardein to provide meatless meal options and also now offers smoothie options for the morning and afternoon, too. Home Chef is based in Chicago but delivers to 30 states in the Midwest and East Coast.  

When attending a conference became synonymous with staying at home, companies had to determine a new way to leave an impression on attendees. As the choice of venue, decor, and many other physical elements of in-person events were no longer contenders, co-owners Susan Turnock and Heather Arak-Kanofsky of Gifts for the Good Life knew that they could supply the part that still makes an impact.

 

Planners have enough to juggle when it comes to organizing meetings and events: from researching and booking venues to creating an attendee list and more. Then, the pandemic came and created another set of obstacles to clear. Now, planners have to stay on top of health and safety regulations and ever-changing governors’ orders in addition to everything else.

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.