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“I think New York is truly unique in its singular combination of the quality of both the talent it attracts and the ingredients it grows. There are plenty of other places in the world with wonderful natural resources, but the people who come here to pursue their passions for food and cooking – they are one of a kind.”
— Daniel Humm
Cuisines We Cook & Deliver in NYC
To understand the important role that food plays in the history of New York, you need to know the name Amelia Simmons. What’s known about her can be summed up on the cover page of her 1796 cookbook American Cookery. She calls herself an “American orphan”. Lack of education and opportunity likely meant that she was a domestic worker somewhere near the Hudson Valley. But in that work, she learned a lot. Enough to write and publish this country’s very first cookbook, a book that The Library of Congress has designated one of the 88 “Books That Shaped America.”
Amelia’s is just one story woven into a colorful fabric of flavors. She was reimagining British foods to create uniquely New England flavors. Much the way new arrivals from Southern Italy were adapting the recipes of their homeland to the ingredients that were available in their New York neighborhoods (spaghetti with meatballs, chicken parmesan, fettucini alfredo). And the way Irish arrivals were transforming dishes like traditional bacon and cabbage into corned beef and cabbage and soda bread with “emigrants’ bread”. In modern times, the same process is taking place with the arrival of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, Jamaica, and India, among others.
Like everywhere else in America, this food comes from somewhere else. It’s inspired by nostalgia for places and cultures from afar. New Yorkers turn something traditional into something original in their attempts to recreate the flavors of where they came from. This vibrant, multicultural city is the great buffet of the world, offering up a taste of culinary heritage from every nook and cranny of the globe. From Shef Latoya’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken to Shef Becky’s Truffle Edamame dumplings – this is the taste of New York.
Authentically Homemade Cooked Meals Delivered in New York City!
The Story of Homemade
Not only is homemade better for you, but we believe that it tastes better too.
Let’s explore how homemade meals from our community of shefs compare to restaurant food in terms of health benefits, taste, and more.
Our community of shefs care deeply about the people they’re cooking for. The majority of shefs are moms that have spent years cooking for their own families, with their wellbeing front of mind. That being said, your trust is our #1 priority, so we’ve implemented strict food safety protocols to give you extra peace of mind. Read more about our food safety policy here.
Why Authentic is Hard to Find!
As a nation, the United States is a melting pot of global cultures. So why is it that you find the same dishes in Italian restaurants and Indian restaurants no matter where you are? While there are many reasons why authentic food is hard to find, there are a few prevalent reasons. Let’s explore them, shall we?
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Every Shef Has a Story!
The beauty in a homemade meal is that it has the ability to tell a story. When people cook with patience and passion, the end result is a dish that acts as a piece of artwork, a beautiful reflection of the artist who created it. Food that’s every bit as unique and interesting as the story behind the shef that made it.
The Story of Shef
At Shef, we’re rebuilding the food system from scratch, redefining who can participate in the food economy, and returning personal connection to the making, eating, and sharing of food.