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.
What all the best homemade meals have in common is that they’re made from fresh, humble ingredients. They’re surprisingly simple, yet impressively delicious, due in large part to the quality of ingredients.
While many restaurants make an effort to use fresh, seasonal produce as much as possible, it’s certainly not the norm. Restaurants frequently buy in bulk, often at the expense of freshness and quality. Many ingredients arrive frozen or with added preservatives to extend shelf life. Due to the unpredictable nature of restaurants, they’ve had to adapt these practices to avoid food waste.
When you’re cooking at home, you aren’t restricted by the same parameters as restaurants. Shefs are able to shop at local farmers’ markets and easily adjust their menus based on what ingredients are in season. And you might be surprised what a simple ingredient swap can do for the overall quality of a dish. For example, using freshly ground spices in place of pre-ground bulk spices will give it a much more intense depth of flavor.
Minimal Sodium & Fat
In addition to the use of high-quality ingredients, homemade meals tend to avoid excess use of ingredients that are generally considered unhealthy. Of course, some health-conscious restaurants do this too. But in general, restaurant meals contain more butter, cream, oil, and salt than their homemade counterparts.
Yet compared to restaurant meals, homemade meals are every bit as flavorful and delicious. Shefs believe that less is often more when it comes to recipes. By purposely omitting or limiting unnecessary ingredients, the dishes better highlight the distinct flavors of the main ingredients they’re comprised of.
The meals prepared by shefs are the same meals they serve to their own families. That’s how you know they’re full of high-quality, nourishing ingredients, and you can feel good about what you’re eating. These types of authentic homemade meals can be eaten most days of the week as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
More Unique & Complex
Too many ethnic restaurants in the United States are one-dimensional. Even the good authentic restaurants stick to common preparations of well-known dishes to appeal to wider audiences. For example, have you ever been to an Indian restaurant that didn’t serve Chicken Tikka Masala and Vindaloo?
Not that there’s anything wrong with these staple dishes. But our community of shefs have a more customizable, personalized way of cooking. They showcase dishes from specific sub-regions of countries outside of generic north and south India. Dishes like Sindhi Dal Pakwan or Rajasthani Gatte Ki Sabzi. The menus change from week to week to give you more variety and introduce you to novel traditional dishes you have probably never tasted before.
Homemade dishes are often more nuanced than streamlined restaurant versions. Intricate recipes are passed down through generations and perfected by years of family tradition. You won’t find these types of dishes at restaurants because they’re too lengthy and complex for that type of environment. You can taste that these traditional dishes were made slowly, with care, history, and intention.
The food represents the people who make it, so you end up with dishes as interesting and unique as the people behind them.
Sense of Intimacy & Nostalgia
The United States is a giant melting pot of different cultures and cuisines. If you find yourself far from family, there’s nothing like a comforting homemade meal to remind you of home. Our community of shefs is filled with immigrants from all over the globe. For many, authentic homemade dishes evoke an intense sense of nostalgia – bringing you back to childhood memories of the dinner table. Homemade food is so powerful that way. The scent alone can instantly transport you to another place and time.
The experience of sharing a homemade meal is an intimate one. Sharing homemade food is an act of love that brings people together and creates a sense of community and support. With our strong community of talented shefs, we hope to return the intimacy to the making and sharing of food.