If your commute from work is consumed with anxiety over what dinner you can make with the dry lentils, block of cream cheese, and sack of sprouting potatoes left over from Groundhog's Day, today's Groupon is for you. Don't bother swerving into the drive-through or taking the family out to an expensive restaurant. For $50, today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of easy-to-assemble, healthy meals from Dream Dinners.
Your Groupon could get you around six dinners for two or three people, or three dinners for a family of four to six. You don't even have to tell the family you didn't devise these brilliant creations on the spot. With easy-to-follow instructions and pre-cut ingredients, preparation is a breeze. A dearth of complementary ingredients will never stymie your dinner again.
The Dream Dinners experience is like a cross between a barn raising and a bar crawl, minus the alcohol and hard labor. After choosing from a rotating menu of up to 17 dishes per month, schedule a spot in-store for one of Dream Dinners' fun and easy preparation sessions. For most dinner fare, you can choose to prepare six- or three-serving portions (all listed prices are for six portions). Items from the March menu include island chili steaks ($34), salmon and crab pinwheels ($30), and chicken marsala with mushrooms and mashed potatoes ($28). Dazzle your dining-room table with fancy restaurant fare, or serve up casual and comfort foods full of flavor, such as buffalo chicken stuffed French bread ($23) and firehouse three cheese pasta with meatballs ($29).
During the sessions, many have been known to dance between food stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their families' meals for the month. After your session, take the uncooked meals home to your freezer and prepare them nightly for no-thought-required, delicious meals that'll keep you healthy, full, and free to think about times tables and monkey rentals on your daily commute. The succulent menu items will fool even the most fastidious foodies into thinking you slaved over the stove to prepare such deliciously complex dishes.
Eating out wastes money and piles on unnecessary fat and calories, but with Dream Dinners, eating healthy actually saves you money. Check out Dream Dinners' website to view the current menus and sessions available at the convenient Modesto location. Sessions are typically offered in the evenings on Tuesday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday mornings.
Though Dream Dinners usually requires a minimum order of 36 servings, that requirement is waived for Groupon customers.
The blogosphere is abuzz about Dream Dinners franchises around the nation, with positive reviews popping up on SassyScoops, and No Fuss Fabulous. The business has also been featured on the Food Network.
- Throughout the past four weeks, my little family and I have gone through the rest of our Dream Dinner meals. Some of them I have loved, others weren’t necessarily my favorite, but overall the convenience of the meals have been unbeatable, especially for a new mom. – loralee, No Fuss Fabulous
- I love the idea of assembling meals ahead of time, the instructions were so simple, and then having the meals in my freezer? It was incredible. – Carina, SassyScoops
Dream Dinners founders Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna want to help families gather around the table for delicious meals. Like many parents throughout the country, the two women tried to coordinate a family dinner, but their efforts were often thwarted by hectic schedules. As a dinnertime strategy, Stephanie began to prepare meals with fresh, raw ingredients and then freeze them so they could be quickly thawed and cooked during the week. This tactic became popular with her family. Before long, friends, friends of friends, and chimpanzee families that mimicked their friends wanted to learn her secrets. With help from Tina Kuna, she established the first Dream Dinners location, and the successful food-prep business has led to the creation of more than 90 stores in less than three years.
At each Dream Dinners location, customers find all the culinary tools to prepare a nutritious meal—everything from fresh ingredients to meal-packing materials. Each week Dream Dinners features a new menu of fix-and-freeze dinners that can be made for up to six people, providing customers with numerous options for planning quiet meals at home or dinner parties with friends. All ingredients are precut and measured to ensure an error-free fixing.