Hello blog friends. Don’t worry about me being iced in over here. We picked up the Foster’s Market Family Dinners this week. So we are eating like royalty while my car stays permanently parked in the garage!
A blog reader had recommended the Foster’s dinners awhile ago. And while I am nearly always inspired to cook fresh dinners in the spring, summer, and fall, I tend to lose my stride in winter. So after another night of scarfing down a grilled cheese sandwich, I remembered the reader suggestion and decided we would give this a go.
You have to plan in advance. You put your order in on Friday before 2pm the week before you want the meal (in other words, you put your order in Friday at 2pm, pick up the next Monday after 2pm). You can order from the Durham or the Chapel Hill location. They both offer the same program, same price, same meals. You can order by email or by phone, and they will confirm with you that they have your order. There are vegetarian options, just specify when ordering if you prefer that (no single entree substitutions, though).
You go to the store you ordered from Monday at 2pm to pick it up. Here is what it looks like:
I know, it doesn’t look like much. But inside is a wealth of fantastic food. Our meal plan for the week included pork with a cranberry relish, tilapia with a remoulade, chicken with a scallion rice, butternut squash casserole over barley with goat cheese, mac and cheese, spinach with a cranberry vinagerette dressing, fresh rolls, and cookies. Everything is clearly labeled:
You are provided very clear and easy directions for reheating. And freezing, too, should you wish to freeze any of the packages for later use.
It is $100 for meals for 2 ($200 for 4, $400 for 8). Which if you really got 1 meal a day would be only $14 a day to feed two. Alas, this is not going to last us a week. But it is an easy 3 nights of dinners with some fantastic sides to accompany us the rest of the week. Looking at 3 nights of gourmet dinners (and that’s being dramatic), this ends up being $33 a day to feed two. So it isn’t the cheapest, but it’s not outrageous. It’s just swallowing (pun!) that upfront payment.
The food is absolutely scrumptious. I actually like this better than a lot of the fare I have had at Foster’s when I dine in.
There are kid entrees available for additional purchase ($15). Tell them when you place your order if you want the add on.
Menus for the month are posted here: http://www.fostersmarket.com/menus/family-dinners/. Be still my growling stomach.