A selection of smoked meats from 8 Hands Farm and smoked fish from Hook & Net. (Photo Credit: David Benthal: Food Styling: Alice Falcone)
I feel in control in my kitchen, but the grill has always intimidated me a little. High heat? Low heat? How do I know when something is done? Turns out, all I needed to learn was how to turn my grill into a smoker. It’s easy, hard to mess up and there’s plenty of control. Once you get it down, you can smoke just about anything you can eat. And chefs on the North Fork do.
Keto cheesecake from Manchester. Cold-pressed juices from Mystic. Vegan pasta from New Haven. Kombucha from Danbury. All delivered to your home in one order.
That’s the concept behind My Local Chefs, a new culinary startup by Vanessa Sena, which launched July 5. Sena’s platform brings together Connecticut chefs, bakers and producers who create fresh and healthy foods, and delivers products to customers around the state on a twice-weekly basis.
Shef has raised $20 million to expand its homemade meal delivery marketplace. The company helps home chefs connect with customers by handling orders and getting the food delivered, reported TechCrunch (June 2).
Back in 2019, The Food Institute reported that California became the only state to legalize home restaurants by passing the Homemade Food Operations Act. However, more cities are now passing similar laws allowing for home chefs to sell homecooked meals.
HOW IT WORKS
Shef works somewhat differently from city to city because of local laws. In some places, the company can tap local delivery networks to get meals
Down with fever or fatigue, with no energy to cook – all that a COVID patient would want then, is a nutritious meal of home cooked food. And, this desire gave rise to a new army of covid warriors – the home chefs. In the pre-COVID era, they were known for delivering ghar ka khana to working folks and students or hosting regional cuisine popups. During the pandemic though, many of them are reaching out to provide healthy homemade food for affected individuals.
Reaching out with comfort food
Be it Covid positive patients, their families or those who are in
PUNE: Many home chefs in the city have joined the initiative to provide free meals for Covid-19 patients in their areas. Bhavesh Utmani, an IT professional, who is a home chef during the weekends, said, “My parents and I tested positive for Covid-10 last month and were in home quarantine. It was difficult for us to prepare meals, so we hired a tiffin service. However, my parents did not like the food. So, when I recovered, I signed up on the online portal ‘Covid Meals for India’ to offer free meals for Covid patients in isolation and their families.” “We
Pamela Yung spent much of last year thinking about how restaurants relate to their communities. “This pandemic showed us how important that is,” she says, explaining that the restaurant where she is head chef, Flor, and its sister restaurant, Lyle’s, both relied heavily on travellers. With Flor out of action to dine in, Yung and its chef-owner, James Lowe, executed one of London’s most successful pivots and opened Asap Pizza, making sourdough bases with heritage wheat. “Now we have people who come every week, even multiple times a week,”