With lifestyles that feel increasingly busy, plus the cacophony of noise about what food is healthy or unhealthy, cooking a wholesome meal can turn out to be quite a feat. But there are alternatives, and they are not just for the achingly well-off.
After all, think of the time spent planning meals. Then add in the schlep involved in shopping, carrying and prepping, let alone cooking and clearing up. Now imagine you could delegate all that.
In Cape Town, there are a variety of homemade food delivery services and private chefs who’ll do all the hard work to make sure you eat well while giving you more time to spend on your work or a hobby or your family. The list is long, but Christine Hogg has the low-down on five local companies who make gourmet food in your own kitchen, or drop it off at your doorstep.
Services: Nutrifit Cafe Cape Town offers healthy food options, delivered daily to homes and offices in and around Cape Town.
The Experience: Using only natural ingredients with precise portion controls and strict hygiene standards, Nutrifit Cafe is motivated by a passion for creating healthy and simple yet delicious meals that are accessible to everyone, everywhere, consistently. The menus, which are designed by nutritionists and perfected by chefs, feature breakfast options, lunch salads and paninis as well as vegetarian pasta, and fish, beef and chicken dishes. Prices for light meals range between R30 – R40 and R60 – R100 per person for meat-based meals. What’s more, all fruits and vegetables are sourced directly from local farms and trusted suppliers to ensure a nutrient-dense diet that is heartily prepared. “It’s a simple, convenient way to free up some time and have your food delivered to your home or office,” says director Gianluca Abela.
Special offers: Get 5% off all orders over R750
Added extras: Create your own Nutrifit Meals or select from favourites, breakfast, lunch or dinner. All items available in halaal.
How to order: Go to www.nutrifitcafecapetown.com or call 011 455 7005 (Ext 3). Your order will arrive the next day.
Website: www.nutrifitcafecapetown.com | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 082 709 6204
Services: Private chefs, romantic dinners for two, five-course meals, fine-dining three-course meals, holiday chef, full-time chef, and event catering.
The experience: Founded by Zain Muller, a cordon-bleu chef who has 13 years of boundary-pushing culinary experience behind him, Private Chef Cape Town offers a wide range of top-notch, personal food experiences. Zain promises you’ll experience restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your own home or villa. Whether it’s a special dinner for a group of friends, a scrumptious lunch feast or an evening of canapés and drinks, the services include menu planning according to your requirements, shopping for ingredients, pre-prep, cleaning up afterwards and, of course, the cooking itself. According to Zain, a popular request is to have a private chef organise a South African braai or even cook all your meals while you’re on holiday. And don’t worry – although your chef will be around whenever it’s time to eat – there’s no intrusion on privacy. Zain says that his chefs are highly experienced and professional, so intimate moments are shared with friends and family. “We do not sell stories, tell people what we hear or leak pictures or info of who we cook for or where people are staying.”
Special offers: If you hire a private chef for the duration of your holiday, you’ll get a reduced rate the longer your stay is. Private Chefs also assist international visitors with additional services such as accommodation, luxury cars, private tours and more.
Added extras: Menu-planning, stocking up your fridge pre-arrival, general assistance with groceries and cooking for kids come as value-added services with chef hire. Private Chefs can also provide qualified waiters, waitresses or barmen as well as décor and/or alcohol options.
How to order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your occasion, date, amount of guests and any brief as to what you like. A menu and quote will be compiled accordingly.
Website: www.privatechefscapetown.co.za | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 083 420 4978
Services: Healthy office lunch delivery, deli and catering
The experience: By preparing fresh and healthy meals for offices daily, FOODwelove focuses on making life easier for those working the nine-to-five grind. All orders will arrive at the same time so employees can eat together and – ranging from R45 to R69 per person – it’s a convenient service that won’t break the bank. Companies can sponsor or contribute towards the lunches, or simply advertise the service to their employees. Founders Christina and Stephanie are adamant about providing a balanced diet, so the menu not only changes daily but varies according to season (you’ll never eat the same food twice during a four-week cycle) and all meals are free from preservatives, artificial additives and refined sugar. Options – which cater for all tastes, from vegans to meat eaters – include dishes such as parmesan chicken fingers on green beans and roasted baby tomato or black-bean and chickpea fritters served on roasted ratatouille veggies and wholewheat penne pasta. According to their website, “It’s the kind of food you’d love to cook at home, but often do not have the time to do so.”
Special offers: New clients (companies/groups of a minimum of five people) get free delivery for the first week.
Added extras: For locations beyond Cape Town and the Southern Suburbs, FOODwelove outsources the delivery to an external company. So nobody misses out, FOODwelove healthy office lunches are available at UberEATS too.
How to order: Companies who sign up with FOODwelove get an online account and their employees can order their weekly meals individually. Or you can order directly through FOODwelove if you’re a group of more than five people. Your lunch order needs to be placed by 11.30am on a Friday for the following week’s lunches. The meals will arrive by 12.30pm each day.
Website: www.foodwelove.co.za | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 021 461 1908
Services: Healthy dinner delivery, corporate lunches and catering for private dinners, weddings and other special events.
The Experience: At the Flying Pan, it’s all about convenience, great customer service and a dedication to authentic flavour. “You won’t find generic tasting items on our menu,” says Bridget Hoepner, The Flying Pan’s marketing and communications executive. The classic menu consists of dinner time favourites from a range of cuisines, and features curries, pastas, Thai dishes, local South African favourites and more. There’s also a low-carb menu, including meals that follow banting guidelines, and a vegetarian menu, offering a variety of plant-based foods, such as mushrooms, stuffed peppers, and nutritious curries. Customers also won’t receive the same meal in an eight-week period (menu is released on the second last Thursday of the month), and prices range from R72 – R80 per person for large portions, with free delivery to service areas. And, most importantly, head chef Mathew Hoepner only uses fresh ingredients to make sure all food is not only healthy but of restaurant quality.
Special offers: What’s on in Cape Town readers get R50 off an order of R300 or more (valid until 19 July 2017). All you need to do is input the following voucher code during check out: whatsonincapetown
Added extras: The Flying Pan has vegetarian as well as low-carb menus and offers corporate and private catering.
How to order: Visit www.theflyingpan.co.za and view the menus online. Add your items to the basket and checkout as you would on any ecommerce site. You can order as much or as little as you like as there are no minimum orders or subscriptions. Orders for the following week must be in by 2pm each Thursday.
Website: www.theflyingpan.co.za | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 081 385 5589
Services: Private chefs, catering and cooking at any location (nationwide and international), hospitality recruitment and villa services.
The Experience: Run by passionate and experienced chefs Miles and Itami Reolon, Seasoned caters for a variety of events: low-key gatherings, intimate private functions, elegant weddings, trendy brand launches, and parties of any sort. Each ‘dining concept’ is tailored to your particular needs, whether it’s making mom’s life easier for an evening, a full-blown dinner party or cooking for celebrities such as Eddie Jordan, Cheryl Cole or Prince Albert. “We are of the firm belief that no one should be exempt from the taste experience of truly amazing food,” say Miles and Itami. And according to their website, kitchens are left in “spic-and-span condition” afterwards. Miles and Itami have a team of highly experienced chefs and use fresh, seasonal produce and certified organic free-range meat wherever possible. Samples from a set menu include a starter of Seared Tuna on a bed of Teriyaki Soba Noodles, and a main of Fillet of Kalahari Beef seasoned with Black Truffle and finished with Port and thyme Jus. What makes Seasoned’s services special? “We simply make the private chef experience unforgettable for each and every one of our clients, no matter what reason they are choosing to get together and dine in style. We focus on world-class food standards and quality, world-class personal service standards and simply ensure that the ambience of every event is warm and highly friendly, yet clearly efficient and professional in execution.”
To make sure the right chefs and professionals are paired with the right clients, Seasoned also runs a very reputable recruitment agency for all hospitality-related placements, for private and/or commercial positions, nationally and internationally. This division is called Seasoned Recruitment.
Added extras: Seasoned tailor-makes all kinds of specialised menus, including wine, beer and whiskey pairings. They also handle functions nationwide from two guests up to 100-300 guests and more, depending on the set-up required. Events are compiled from start to finish, with all service/bar staff and entertainment requirements, and due to the size of their generous team of chefs, they are able operate at very short notice.
Special offers: Please enquire directly for updates.
How to order: Call 071 133 4993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.seasoned.co.za | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 071 133 4993