Cooking dinner is like tickling yourself: you can somewhat do it, but it's more fun when someone else does it instead. Add an element of merriment to dinner with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of prepared meals or catering from The Perfect Dinner in Oak Park. Though this Groupon is not valid for delivery, delivery is available for an additional charge ($2.50 if delivering within a three-mile radius, or $1.00 per mile if delivering outside of a three-mile radius). Meals come in three sizes: small (serves 2–3), medium (serves 4), and large (serves 6).
The crafty chefs at The Perfect Dinner solve dinnertime dilemmas with freshly prepared homestyle meals, cooled and neatly packaged for easy reheating at home. Though the menu rotates based on new selections and its own gravitational force, current and past entrees include dishes such as meatloaf and cheesy potatoes ($23–$45), italian pot roast with parmesan mashed potatoes ($26–$54), or a 9-inch asparagus-and-goat-cheese quiche ($15). Sophisticated pesto chicken embodies down-home charm when served with organic farmer's pasta––whole-wheat penne tossed with bell peppers, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes ($25–$43)—and mini carrot bundt cakes ($6 for two) reward winners who cross the dinner finish line. Entrees lead full and happy shelf lives of about four days, or 16 months in sushi years. The Perfect Dinner accommodates a variety of dietary concerns and carefully labels each special-diet item.
Preorder is only necessary for large orders, holiday menus, and Pat Boone concerts. See The Perfect Dinner's website for more details.
The Perfect Dinner
Karen Gruber founded The Perfect Dinner to confront the dilemma she saw facing “working, commuting, chauffeuring moms”: either burn out trying to cook after long days, or grab fast food and end up feeling guilty. The Perfect Dinner aims to break the cycle with crowd-pleasing family dinners made fresh each day and available for pickup or delivery.
Convenient containers can go straight into the oven, microwave, or refrigerator, with three size options ensuring that there's enough for all family members and any dishwashers demanding sustenance. Each day's menu is marked to clarify which items accommodate special diets, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and nut-free choices.
The Perfect Dinner also caters feasts with platters, plated dinners, casual party fare, and other options tailored for each event, whether hosts need assorted quiches for a brunch event or 20 flank-steak sliders to fuel cheers during badminton matches.