Healthy Eating: Vine Cafe Meal Kits An Alternative to Fast Food and Groceries | Local News

OWith social distancing more of a reality lately, businesses are starting to explore more options to reach customers and also maintain their bottom line.

The Vine Café and Market in Douglasville has started offering meal kits, but distance is only part of what it’s all about, said Karen Howard of Vine, who spoke by phone.

Howard said the offer aligns with the general trend of more people working from home, or not cooking as much and due to distancing considerations not going out, while wanting to eat healthier and avoid fasting. food.

The Vine wants to offer customers an alternative to fast food and time spent on groceries, according to information on their website.

“With Vine Café and Market Meal Kits, you can eat a healthy and tasty meal without sacrificing quality time with family and friends. You won’t have to rely on fast food to get you through the day anymore… Meal Kits are an easy way to make sure you have everything you need to eat healthy meals and have time to do more of what you want to do. .”

“Our plan is different from some of the ones you see advertised on TV where you cook the meal yourself,” Howard said.

What customers wanted most was hassle-free preparation and no actual cooking, she said.

“So we responded to that and we cook the food,” Howard said.

The five-day plan can be stored in the refrigerator for up to seven days and the meal is ready to be reheated and served.

Howard said as word spreads, meal kits are doing well and people are loving discovering that there is another way to eat healthier.

“We always try to be ahead of the game or stay ahead of the game because dinner as we know it pre-COVID is going to take a while to come back, so that’s a way to dine at home or to work and still have quality food,” she said.

Howard said when face-to-face clientele plummeted with COVID, the takeout business ramped up. Since then, restaurant traffic has returned to at least a “new normal” level, she said.

But Howard says the meal kits will be offered long term.

“If anything, we would improve it, but it’s here to stay, because people having to eat and drive somewhere that isn’t fast food is just too much for many, or going to grocery shopping and then cooking the food is a major problem. business,” she said.

Prices range from $40 for the child plan to $65 for the most expensive adult plan, Howard said.

According to the website, there is a delivery charge of $10 (free delivery for the 1st order). Deliveries are made within a 24 km radius of the Vine Café and Market. A person 18 years of age or older must be present to receive the food. All orders must be prepaid through The Vine Café and Market’s website and on Fridays must be placed by 12 p.m. The delivery day is Monday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

freshly prepared. We use fresh ingredients

— no processed foods. Our food is packaged

in reusable and recyclable containers. The ingredients are listed

for each meal. We offer flexible meals that fit your budget.

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