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Fuss-Free Thanksgiving

 Fuss Free Thanksgiving

We absolutely love Thanksgiving. The friends and family, the turkey and pies, the elastic wast banded pants and the leftovers. Oh, the leftovers.

This year, get a meal you’ll love, without all the hassle.

Leave the turkey drippings and dirty dishes to an award-winning chef with over 28 years experience. Relax and let Munchery do the cooking.

Tease your taste buds and check out the menu right here.

Sounds good, right? Here are details:

  • Complete Thanksgiving spread – everything you need, from turkey to pie and every side dish and sauce in between.
  • Special package available that serves 10-12 people (with all important leftovers).
  • Prepared by Chef Steven Levine (see bio below).
  • Order today, get it delivered the night before Thanksgiving.
  • Feed 4-people with menu items available a la carte.
  • Last day to order is Friday, November 16th, and supplies are limited – order today.

 

The Spread:

Made from scratch in small batches with the best local ingredients by a chef with 28 years experience. There’s nothing “big box” about this meal, this is craft cooking at its finest.

 Fuss Free Thanksgiving

Mary’s 100% Organic Turkey
Mary’s is the local standard in free-range and humanely raised poultry. Trust us, these birds have been loved – having never, ever, been exposed to hormones, antibiotics, or animal byproducts. The turkeys will either come cooked and ready for a quick browning in the oven, or raw with directions and everything you need to roast yourself.

Dungeness Crab Bisque with Cornbread Croutons
Start your meal off in style. ‘Tis the season for Dungeness crab, and this creamy bisque celebrates all the great flavors of this local delicacy.

Cornbread, Apple and Fennel Sausage Stuffing
Made completely from scratch, this stuffing is packed with seasonal flavors and will be the cornerstone of your Thanksgiving plate.

Orange and Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
This variation on the classic has a nice hint of sweet citrus.

Green bean, Chanterelle Mushroom and Fried Shallot Casserole
Everything you love about the traditional recipe without the canned soup, this is a terrific blend of flavors. And a great way to get your greens!

Giblet Gravy
In Steven’s kitchen, no part of the turkey goes to waste. This is especially true when it comes to making this simple but flavorful gravy.

Cranberry-Meyer Lemon Relish
Like its counterpart, the gravy, cranberry is a Thanksgiving essential. This version has a sweet and tangy flavor that goes beautifully with turkey.

Freshly Baked Pumpkin Pie
Within a flaky crust is a custard-like blend of pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg and ginger in a flaky crust.

>>Order now, get it the night before Thanksgiving>>

Your Personal Thanksgiving Chef:

A 28-year veteran of fine dining, Steven Levine made a splash last spring when he debuted on Munchery with his signature Wild King Salmon Roasted in a Corn Husk. Since then, Munchery diners have been treated to Steven’s brand of Contemporary American cuisine in various forms including Grilled Hawaiian Walu and mainstay Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Steven started his culinary career working from the bottom up in some of Manhattan’s elite dining establishments. Under celebrated chefs, Charlie Palmer and David Burke, Steven got his chops at The River Café, Aureole, and the Quilted Giraffe before setting off to run kitchens as Executive Chef in New York and most recently at the San Francisco standout The Cosmopolitan.

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New to the Munchery Menu: Artisan Granola

 New to the Munchery Menu: Artisan Granola

Hearty, tasty, crunchy and doggone good for you, it’s tough to beat granola. Whether it be for breakfast, a midday snack or a late-night flavor fix, we love this toasty blend of oats, natural sugars, spices and nuts. So, we are very pleased to have partnered with Penelope Finnie and her team at local standout, Bittersweet, to offer their delicious gluten-free granola to Munchery customers.

The ingredients for this granola are pure and simple, but come with an added twist. Known for their bean-to-bar chocolate, the artisans at Bittersweet could not help but add pure cacao nibs to their recipe which enhances the flavor and gives the granola a little kick. Cacao is a rich source of macronutrients, minerals and vitamins, too. Otherwise, the recipe is a delicate balance of  rolled oats, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped almonds, honey, canola oil, sea salt, and vanilla.

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We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Penny. While she is a founder and one of the primary owners of Bittersweet, Penny was heavily involved in the tech world during the 90′s and early 2000′s, so we feel like she is “one of us.” A trained artist and experienced design director, creating Bittersweet was another sort of challenge for Penny who sought to create a place that became a part of the fabric of the community through chocolate and other artisan goods.  From its inception, Bittersweet has stressed the agricultural roots of chocolate rather than the “luxury” connotation of chocolate. Penny enjoys the “hand-madeness” and day-to-day creativity that Bittersweet offers. All products, including their delicious granola, are made from scratch in small quantities. At Bittersweet, they do it all, from making their own yogurt and granola, making their own small batched bean-to-bar chocolate, baking their own bread, roasting their own coffee, grinding their hot chocolate mixes, and baking all our pastries.
Please enjoy this new addition to the Munchery menu and let us know what you think. To get started, click here.

 

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Retro Drive-in with Curbside Pickup

diner Retro Drive in with Curbside Pickup

Today, we’re launching Curbside Pickup. It’s sorta like a 50s drive-in diner, sans the rollerblades. Now, you can grab your order directly from Munchery HQ. Gone are the days of waiting for your Munchery meal. Just park your car, text or call us, and a Munchery staff member will bring your meal to you. This is pickup at its best.

We’re offering a convenient pickup window from 5:00PM to 7:30PM. You can place your order as late as 7:30PM now for all pickup orders (while quantities last). You also save a few bucks, since pickup completely waives the delivery portion of the service charge (typically $2.95).

Here’s how it works:

  1. When you checkout, choose the “Pickup between 5-7:30PM” option.
  2. Your order will be waiting for you at Munchery HQ in the Mission District (550 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110)
  3. When you arrive, just text or call us at 415-857-2557 and give us your name.
  4. Just hang tight in your car, and our staff will bring your meal to you.
  5. Off you go, and have an awesome Munchery experience!

Currently, curbside pickup checkout is available only via the web checkout. We’re working hard to get our iPhone app to support it as well.  For more information, check out our Delivery and Pickup FAQs.

(Update: 9/25/12) – Curbside pickup is now available on our iPhone app!  Just choose “Pickup from 5-7:30PM” during checkout.

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Freshly Baked Bread Delivered!

Nothing quite compares to a freshly baked loaf of bread. It is the perfect addition to any meal and now you can get it delivered! Add it on to your Munchery meal or just order bread! San Francisco has a plethora of bakers and after much research we are excited to have Chef Luis Villavelazquez as the first Munchery bread baker! He has a very impressive culinary past, beginning with his training at age 18 with Citizen Cake and Orson. Luis then went on to be the head pastry chef at Absinthe and Arlequin. Currently, owns Les Elements which sells pastries and breads throughout San Francisco. He has been featured in SFEater highlighting his impressive and versatile pastry and bread menus.  He now is chef and manager at La Victoria Bakery.

 Freshly Baked Bread Delivered!

We asked Luis some questions to better get to know our newest chef.

Which celebrity chef would you most like to cook with?

My celebrity chef I would like to cook with is a famous Spanish pastry chef, Oriol Balaguer. His chocolate work and plated dessert production is amazing… so for me making any pastry or dessert would be awesome.

What is your favorite meal in the city?

I would say the NOPA hamburger is a favorite, with cheddar and bacon.

If we peeked inside your fridge right now what would we discover?

My fridge right now has eggs, bacon, cheese and milk. I really love breakfast. In the cupboard I have cheez-its (a favorite snack), vinegars, oils and some cookies.

What’s your favorite place to brunch in the Bay Area?

My current favorites are NOPA, Dear Mom, and Absinthe.

What artist or album do you like to rock out to while you are cooking?

Music creates a big jump in production for me. I have been listening to Vivian Girls, DEFTONES, Heaven Shall Burn, DIIV and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

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Luis focuses on baking smaller items so you don’t have to worry about bread going to waste or getting stale. Menu items will be changing to highlight seasonal flavors and produce. Currently four of his delicious breads are available to order: sweet rolls, pretzel baguettes, a cheesy-garlic loaf, and a pumpkin seed raisin bread. In the following weeks bread will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and beginning in October bread will be available Monday-Friday. We could barely keep our hands of the bread before photos could be taken, so we recommend keeping a close eye on wherever you choose to leave your bread. Stay tuned for new bread choices and for when bread will be a daily item on the Munchery menu!

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The Urban Cleanse

 The Urban Cleanse

 

We are very excited to have partnered with Adina Neimerow, renowned holistic chef and author of the celebrated book, Super Cleanse, to create Urban Cleanse. This 3-day intensive cleanse has been specially crafted by Chef Niemerow for Munchery to not be the stereotypical “juice fast” that leaves people hungry and uncertain of the real benefits. 95% raw, the Urban Cleanse includes a daily menu of juices, smoothies, soups, salads and teas that are all made from 100% organic local products.  That’s 8-9 items in all everyday, and the servings are not minuscule like other programs. Most of all, it is not just healing and nourishing – all of the food tastes delicious. Starting every Monday, each delivery over the 3-day period will include food for that evening and the following day.

 The Urban Cleanse

The benefits to the Urban Cleanse are numerous. As Chef Niemerow explains, “everything you consume will be unprocessed, and chock full of nutrition. Plant based fruits and vegetables contain water and fiber, which helps flush the intestines of waste and toxins that make us feel lethargic. They also have the perfect amount of natural enzymes to efficiently break down their own sugars, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fibers into digestible particles and increase our metabolism.” We encourage people to do the Urban Cleanse if they are interested in achieving:

  • Mental Clarity
  • Increased Energy & Stamina
  • Weight Loss
  • Better Sleeping
  • Clearer, Healthier Looking Skin & Eyes
  • Elimination of Toxicities from the Gastrointestinal Track
  • Reduced Sugar Cravings
  • A Kick-Start to Breaking Bad Habits from Smoking, Drinking, Caffeine, Overeating, Eating Bad Processed Foods
  • Self-Confidence Boost

As detailed in her bio, Chef Niemerow has significant education and experience in holistic foods.  She has studied with whole foods healing expert, Paul Pitchford and has worked as personal holistic chef to important individuals including the late Steve Jobs. We are fortunate to have the high level of expertise and knowledge that Adina brings to Munchery and are certain our customers agree.

 

 

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We can’t resist GPS

We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Today, we’re announcing an exciting new feature that will further enhance the Munchery delivery experience. A lot of our customers tell us they love the SMS they receive from their driver a few minutes prior to delivery. Now, we’re upping the ante by providing our customers the ability to use GPS tracking to find the location of their driver. Although GPS technology is widespread these days, it’s surprising how rare it is to find it used in the consumer delivery market (ever want to track your UPS driver when they’re out for a delivery?). GPS is just plain cool tech, and being techies, we just couldn’t resist. We just finished beta testing and are rolling it out today.

Here’s how it works:

1) Location tracking of your driver is only available on the day of your delivery and during your scheduled delivery window. Just go to your Account page, and you’ll see a button to track your driver’s location. The availability of location tracking is dependent on whether your particular driver is GPS-enabled and the current geography offers a clear GPS signal. Today, about 80% of our drivers are GPS-enabled and we’re working to get 100% coverage in the coming weeks.

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2) Here’s what the map looks like.  Your driver is the green car icon and the red waypoint is the delivery destination. Your driver’s location is updated periodically. Your driver has many other deliveries on his/her route, so the map is only meant to give you a sense of where your driver is.

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We hope you enjoy the new feature. In the next coming weeks, we’re going to be rolling out new improvements to our delivery logistics (some you will see, some will be behind the scenes). As always, send us feedback because we’re hungry for it.

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