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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Susie's Supper Club Delivers Happiness

The utter guilt of lacking the domestic gene keeps me on a constant quest to find quick, no hassle ways to feed my family tasty & nutritious meals. Recently, I started researching options for gourmet, locally prepared meals for delivery. Having a toddler in the house with a notoriously picky palette, makes it difficult to choose foods that will satisfy everyone. I'd tried everything including cooking separate, organic meals for the baby. This is obviously time consuming. I've bought frozen meals intended for kids but have some concerns about the recent widespread contamination of frozen foods. What's worse is that major frozen food purveyors admit they can no longer ensure the safety of their products. Finally, I sometimes resort to ordering from our favorite restaurants. However, restaurant food is often high in salt and additives.

A new online service called
Susie's Supper Club was the perfect solution to my dilemma. The business provides nutritious, home-cooked meals to local families. Based out of Brooklyn, it was founded by four mothers:

Susie Cover, Claude Wasserstein, Marcia Mishaan and Samantha Schlumberger – give New York City families an alternative to standard take-out and delivery options. While working as a personal chef in a home with three children, Susie Cover learned that by crafting family versions of classic recipes, as opposed to “kids’ food,” the children readily consumed a larger range and healthier variety of foods. Susie uses the same techniques when creating meals for the Club, making it easier for families to dine together enjoying the same food. For example, Susie’s Supper Club’s Chicken Milanese will delight children thanks to the accompanying Homemade Ketchup and Lemon Dipping Sauce. Salmon served kebab-style turns a typical “adult” food into a kid-friendly dish. Macaroni and Cheese Muffins are crispy and creamy when heated in the oven for just a few minutes and Lamb Pizza provides a gourmet twist on a family favorite. For delectable desserts, there are Apple Pie Bars with brown sugar and cinnamon and Mini Banana Bread Muffins.

At the Susie’s Supper Club kitchen in Brooklyn, Susie and her team of French Culinary Institute-trained chefs hand-prepare each dish. Fresh deliveries from local farmers and purveyors arrive weekly, and all-natural, sustainable and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. While the company emphasizes flavor, providing a nutritious meal to customers is also a priority: One of the chefs, Lise Cruz, is also a nutrition expert and ensures that everything coming out of the kitchen is well-balanced. A certified nutritionist also consults to provide precise nutrition information for each dish, all of which is available online. Once an order leaves Susie’s kitchen and arrives at the customer’s home, getting dinner on the table is effortless – meals are ready to be enjoyed after just five minutes of heating in the oven or microwave.

Simple online ordering lets parents plan meals for their family at any time of the day. The interactive system also allows children to get involved; they can look at photos and descriptions and help place the next order. Parents can alleviate the stress of last-minute planning by ordering meals for lunch or dinner a few days in advance; Susie’s Supper Club dishes can be enjoyed up to three days after delivery. With Susie’s Supper Club, ordering food delivery never tasted so good.

Order Susie’s Supper Club at www.susiessupperclub.com or call 347-529-5259. Delivery is available Monday-Friday. Order by 5pm for delivery the next day, $30 minimum; $5 delivery charge. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Susie’s Supper Club Gift Cards are accepted.