We’ve been covering meal kits for more than a year now, starting with some of the national companies that ship boxes of ingredients and recipes that home cooks assemble at home. There are a few local companies carving out a space for themselves, including Cilantro Lime and Greenling, which both offer delivery.
Last year, Austinite Heather Amalaha launched her own meal-kit delivery service, Gourmet By Numbers, knowing that one day she’d want to open a retail outlet for customers to pick up kits with everything they’d need for dinner. How is that different from a grocery store? Amalaha and her staff wash, cut and measure out all of the ingredients to go along with recipes scaled for one, two or four people. The dishes can usually be prepared in less than 30 minutes — and because there is no cutting involved they can be made by young cooks who aren’t quite ready to julienne carrots.
Amalaha still offers delivery in Austin and much of Travis County, but last week she opened a store at 7318 McNeil Drive, where customers can stop by to pick up a kit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. She offers vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free dishes; but you can also choose meals with meat or fish.
The single kits online and in the store cost $12.50 per serving, and there is a $5 delivery fee if you would like to have the kits delivered. You can also order via subscription, which starts at $35 per week for three single-serve meal kits. To sign up for home delivery or find out more about the new store, visit gourmetbynumbers.com.