Starting Meals to Go Business

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by budays, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. budays

    budays

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    I live in a town of 3,500 people.  Very busy in the summer and dead in the winter.  I would like to start a meals to go business.  I have found a commercial kitchen to rent and would offer 3 dinner choices per day.  My idea is to have customer call or email their order the week prior to pickup (there would be 2 pickup locations)  Has anyone done anything like this?  I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas.
     
  2. flipflopgirl

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    This is the newest of Houston's many companies that match your business "model".

    You are given the choice of picking up a pre-set menu from their store or a HEB grocery store (conveniently located all around Houston as well as neighboring "bedroom communities).

    I was given a few "First Time Meal" coupons as part of a survey and found their product to be fresh and delish.

    Great idea if you can fit into a target customer base that has a bit of disposable income (the single female population would be a great customer, IMO).

    mimi
     
  3. budays

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    Thanks Mimi!!  This is a summer resort area in Michigan and very dead in the winter months.  I'm sure I wouldn't be able to charge as much as they do in Houston, however I am curious how much they charge?  Is it an entire dinner or just the main course?  I also thought of offering 2 dif desserts as well.  Any advice or suggestions welcome!!! 

    Thank you much
     
  4. kaneohegirlinaz

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    I would think that Mimi hit the nail, does this community have disposable income?
    I found that summer tourist town aren't as affluent
    Pricing may be a key issue for you, IMHO as a non pro that is
     
  5. deltadude

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    I think you need to rethink the "week prior" concept, do you order what you want to eat from a cookery a week in advance? The average family doesn't know what they are eating the next day let alone a week in advance.
     
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    This is a good point--especially for your location.  Since I spend a good bit of my summer in a summer resort community in MI, just thinking of how life works, I just don't see it.  You and the family are running around doing stuff taking advantage of the great weather and everything else.  It gets dark very late in the summer, as you know, so folks are going to be out on the water or whatever until late--much of the timing depends on dinner.  When it is time to eat, you either whip something up or go out.  If neither felt appealing and there was a good place to buy some prepared meals or partially prepared and bring them home for the gang, that would absolutely be appealing.  However, I couldn't tell you at lunch what we are going to be doing for dinner most days, much less a week in advance.

    Think about the ebb and flow of life in your town and how it might work best.  For example, I often hit the local farmers market.  As I am picking up great ingredients to cook, I might pick up a prepared meal or two.  That might be a good place to sell your stuff.