Munchery, a chef-driven food delivery service, launched in L.A. this week. The company has been up and running in New York and San Francisco for a couple of months and offers food made by chefs who’ve worked the kitchens at Michelin-starred restaurants, like Patina—alumns of Hatfield’s and Blue Oyster Plate are also on the roster.
The celebrity-backed venture—Roy Choi, Jon Favreau, Edward Norton and Jared Leto have all invested in the company—offers a daily-changing menu with a local, seasonal, and organic-when-possible focus that features, say, Creole king salmon with sausage or smoked trout with salt-roasted pears. The meals run the gamut from comfort to fancy and include a selection of regional cuisines. Turkey tenders and empanadas are available for the kids. Meals are delivered fully cooked and ready to be heated up in the oven or microwave.
The service is only available on the Westside at the moment—expansion is expected in the next few months—but the site is pretty fun to play around with even if you can’t order yet. Magazine-caliber photos of the day’s menu are shown along with a photo of the chef and her or his bio. The following day’s dishes are also featured, so you can order ahead, using the Web site or app.
There are also some feel-good elements to using the service. Unlike most local takeout joints, Munchery is using biodegradable and compostable packaging and plants trees through The Conservation Fund to offset its carbon footprint. Munchery also funds a meal through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for every meal that’s purchased.
Munchery is available Monday through Friday, delivering from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Hours and locations served will expand soon.