Order Chefs Plate and Second Harvest Will Donate A Meal

By Nick Krewen 9/30/18 | www.samaritanmag.com

Cuban Black Bean Bowl with brown rice, fried plantains and tomato salsa - photo credit: Chefs Plate
With Canadian Thanksgiving around the corner (Oct. 8), Chefs Plate, the farm-to-table business that delivers fresh ingredients and meal kits to your door, is looking to donate free meals to food rescue organization Second Harvest from Sep. 30 to Oct. 13.

Delivery is available in nine of Canada’s 10 provinces – only Newfoundland is exempt from the service, and a $40 discount will apply to all orders received through Oct. 13.

The premise is simple: Order a Chefs Plate meal plan from one of four categories – classic, family, 15 minute or vegetarian – and the organization will send a meal to Toronto’s Second Harvest, which – through a support system that includes corporations, foundations and community sources - delivers enough food to provide 30,000 meals daily in Toronto alone, and another 4600 meals across Ontario.

There are two over-all weekly menus available: Sep. 30 to Oct. 6 - which features such dishes as stir-fried chicken lo-mein with a honey katsu sauce and green onions or two cheese mushroom cannelloni with a sundried tomato spinach salad - and Oct. 7 to 13, where the choices include spiced turkey and pear chutney with sweet potatoes and almond crusted beans and sticky sesame cauliflower with honey sriracha sauce and steamed rice – and many others. Each meal includes ingredients for two to four portions.

With costs starting at $9.75 per serving and order via a subscription plan, Chefs Plate delivers farm fresh ingredients so you can assemble and cook impressive meals at home. Chefs Plate counts such responsible Canadian businesses as Rossdown Farms – which raises hormone-free turkeys - and Ocean Wise, which gets its product from responsible fisheries – as partners.

Gochujang Glazed Pork Chops with red rice and sauteed sesame snap peas — photo credit: Chefs Plate
Chefs Plate employs 350 Canadians in their facilities across Canada and is committed to building a sustainable Canadian food system, as well as reducing food waste.

According to its website, under "our story," Chefs Plate claims that $31 billion worth of food is wasted yearly in Canada, with 40 percent of all produced food going to waste every calendar year.

Chefs Plate differentiates itself by delivering only the needed ingredients, offering a food waste of only 1 percent, with all excess ingredients and meal kits donated to Second Harvest and Abbotsford Food Bank to the tune of $50,000 per year.

"Chefs Plate is a proud Canadian company that supports a sustainable food system by building direct partnerships with local farmers and suppliers," it states. "We promote responsible farming and give customers access to the freshest, highest quality ingredients at the best value. We are focused on building a better food system that supports Canadian suppliers, promotes responsible farming and eliminates wasteful steps in the supply chain."

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