It seems like just yesterday we sat down in Tri’s living room to start working on what would become Munchery. Only one year ago, we were a small team packed into spare walk-in pantries at our kitchen for an office (see above!).
Our team and office have grown, but our mission remains the same as it was in Tri’s living room – to make the easy answer to “what’s for dinner” the best one for busy families like ours. And what a journey it’s been.
Since then, we’ve served over 580,000 meals, from more than 50 talented Bay Area chefs, to tens of thousands of customers from the hills of Marin county to the office parks of Cupertino, and everything in between.
This last fall, we rebuilt our product from the ground up. Added industry leading sustainable packaging, a meal donation program with the SF & Marin Food Bank, and a CO2 offset program with The Conservation Fund.
But one question followed us at every turn – “When are you coming to my city?”
So, while donating over 80,000 meals to the food bank, and offsetting more than 240 metric tons of carbon since this fall is exciting, we’re just as excited to announce that Munchery is ready to start expanding to new markets.
We don’t always see eye to eye in football, but Seattle and SF both share a deep passion for real good food, and sustainable businesses.
Work is already well underway building our state of the art kitchen, and we can’t wait to call the Emerald City our second home.
So set the table for early summer 2014!
Seattle is just the first of many new markets for us. A key component of our expansion has been finding talented, forward thinking investors that share our vision and want to join us on our journey.
Today we’re excited to announce Munchery has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by Shervin Pishevar and Scott Stanford’s SherpaVentures.
SherpaVentures founder Shervin Pishevar is an investor, advisor and board observer to Uber, among many great companies, and we welcome him to Munchery’s Board of Directors.
We’re also excited to welcome a few new faces to the startup investing game.
But you might recognize them from screens big and small, most recently as guest judges on the latest season of Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef’.
Chef Roy Choi – Street food pioneer and founder of LA’s world famous Korean taco truck, Kogi BBQ. Awarded “Best New Chefs 2010” by Food & Wine Magazine.
Jon Favreau – The actor, writer and director of the upcoming foodie film ‘Chef’, the cult classic movie ‘Swingers’, and the Director of Iron Man 1 & 2.
With existing investors e.ventures and Menlo Ventures participating, this funding round is the biggest for a food startup to date, and we couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with.
Folks in Seattle remember Chef Emily Moore as the Executive Chef of The Painted Table. Where she famously received local critic John Hinterberger’s first four star review in 17 years of reviewing restaurants.
Honored as one of “Best Chefs America 2013” by over 5,000 of her chef peers, we’re excited to welcome Emily as Culinary Manager for Munchery in Seattle.
She’s in charge of recruiting a world-class team of local chefs, helping them with menu and dish development, as well as sourcing nothing but the best ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
She joins us from the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, a non-profit farm, education center and retail farmers market that features the finest farm-to-table food in the Northwest.
We’re also thrilled to welcome Chef Scott Newman to our already talented roster of chefs serving the Bay Area.
Chef Newman is the former Executive Chef of SF’s legendary culinary institution – Rubicon.
Food & Wine Magazine calls Rubicon “a culinary academy of excellence” and is honoring Chef Newman and other Rubicon alumni at this year’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.
Scott is already hard at work creating his first menus that he will begin serving in just a few weeks.