Pittsburgh-Based Gourmade Lunch Delivery Service
I’m a huge fan of meal delivery services. I was a Blue Apron patron for a few months, but preparing those meals took so long, and now I’m addicted to Hungry Root as a means to incorporate more veggies into my diet.
When I heard about Gourmade, I just had to try it and chat with owner Alex Blinn, former Executive Sous Chef at Root 174, about his new endeavor.
Unlike some other meal delivery services on the market, Gourmade delivers three completely cooked restaurant-quality meals for LUNCH each week. So no more sad desk salads. Alex wants to bring restaurant fine dining to your lunch table or desk.
The concept came to be when his two investors kept telling him that all the food available for lunch around them was either terrible, expensive, or unhealthy. And, the struggle is real to pack a lunch every night. Let’s be honest.
Right now, Alex is delivering all the meals himself on Mondays but plans for expansion and shipping the meals are in the works.
The Pros of Gourmade:
- Super convenient to have meals delivered straight to my door in an insulated package.
- Not having to think about what to eat for lunch (or dinner) three days a week. I found myself eating one for dinner the night I received my order.
- Impressed with the taste and quality. Though the meals might seem a bit boring from the packaging, the flavors are outstanding.
- All meals designed for the microwave in microwave-safe containers (no dishes!), but since I work from home I used the stove.
- When you sign up, you don’t know what you will be receiving until Sunday night when Alex sends you an email about your Monday delivery. If you have certain dietary restrictions or don’t like a certain food item, you can’t work around that… yet. Alex and his team are working on vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Pro & Con:
- $30 each week for three meals. You might find this expensive or cheap depending on what you normally spend on lunch.
Here’s what I got my first week:
The Elegant Pittsburgher: Kielbasa and sauerkraut with apple and cauliflower puree.
At first, I was like kielbasa and kraut? I can make that in a crockpot, but let me tell you, this was way better than it looked/read on paper. The cauliflower and apple puree was exceptional. So much so, I’m trying to figure out how to recreate it myself. It was creamy and sweet and complimented the tart kraut well.
Korean Braised Beef with Pan Steamed Broccoli and Rice.
Again, another delicious dish. The portion on this was huge and almost too much to eat in one sitting. The beef was tender as could be, but I wished there was more sauce to this dish.
Pasta e fagioli. This dish isn’t my thing, but I gave it to my dad and he said it was fantastic.
Overall, a super great experience. Better than I thought it would be.
You can try your first week for FREE (value of $30) by using the code “FIRSTWEEKFREE” at checkout here.