From Our Editors
The staff at Dinner by Design strips mealtime of its time-consuming components by shopping, chopping, and cleaning up for you. When visitors arrive at the kitchen for a session scheduled online, they find all the fixings for fresh, healthy meals already sliced, diced, and awaiting further preparation. After donning an apron and glancing at recipe cards, customers pile the quality ingredients into complimentary containers as they chat with fellow chefs to distract them while they steal their spatula. After patrons put the finishing touches on their chosen number of entrees, each portioned to accommodate individuals or families of varied sizes, they load them into a basket or cooler from home and stow them in their freezer. Meals can later be warmed in the oven according to included instructions, which usually indicate a cooking time of about 30 minutes. For eaters in a hurry, the staff keeps a Take and Bake freezer stocked with entrees, sides, and desserts ready for pickup, or delivers them directly to dinner tables.