Sometimes you want to just stay in. Wear your comfy clothes, not deal with parking, waiters, tipping and how to have a glass of wine and drive home. Part of the appeal of going out to eat is the great food you can't get or make at home. Christophe has solved this. You go into one of their 4 locations (check the website for some "coolers" in other locations which will expand so check back often) and pick from a wide selection of hot and cold foods that really do have a chef prepared taste.
This is an affordable personal chef type service for everyday food. It can be delivered to you same day for $12 and for advance future delivery dates it's just $6. Check out their special meal menus for holidays like Christmas, Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving.
What I love about the food: I am very careful to eat whole natural food. The ingredients are listed clearly on the label along with nutrition facts. You won't find anything on that list that isn't already likely in your kitchen or has been in your kitchen. You just perhaps can't get it to taste as good as what's in Christophe's cooler or simply don't have time during the busy workweek to make it.
Note on reheating: The paper containers the food comes in is oven safe and I encourage you to do it that way. Sure you can microwave it but not only do you lose nutrition that way but you lose some of the texture you get by oven cooking.
The menu changes every 2 weeks and Christophe is smart enough to know some classic favorites need to always be in the mix. Vegetarian and paleo option are plentiful there. You will find "single" portions which for me, would feed two, and family size for 4. Generous sized green salads, tuna and chicken salads and soups are available along with hot foods and wraps. The fridges are icy cold keeping the food super fresh til you're ready to heat it or eat it.
I got a beer cheese soup to warm me up on a cold night. The beer flavor is clean and prominent balanced out by rich cream and sharp cheese. Bits of onion were floating around to give it a real homey yet refined taste but not gloppy or too thick.
The turkey lasagne is full on comfort food that tasted exactly like what I make when I have time which is NEVER. This version has no ricotta but it does have mozzarella layered in each layer. Wonderfully balanced flavor and filling pasta ratio. It's addictive! Paleo version available. Def reheata in the oven but it's great cold too!
Now one near and dear to my French Food loving heart, Coq au Vin. Boneless chicken thighs cooked in wine and bacon served with carrots and fingerling potatoes. If you don't know what you're doing this dish is sometimes tricky to make. What a joy to find it available to go! Grab a loaf of fresh bread available in the store and dinner is done. C'est magnifique! Another one that needs the oven.
None of the food suffered from being overly salty but all of it was balanced and satisfying. I am so happy to have found Christophe's!