I opened the takeout container expecting to find the same old bland stuff you get when you order out. Instead, I was met with grass-fed beef stew, fragrant with pancetta, red wine and porcini mushrooms.
It’s called the “simple supper.” Maple & Rose, a catering company based in Westchester, is now serving dinner — and they’ll deliver it straight to your doorstep. What’s included: a main, a salad, a veggie and dessert. But it’s so much more than that: the delish stew, which was easily heated on the stovetop, then there was a “snap pea & prosciutto salad with spring lettuces, shoots & mascarpone” and “spring vegetable ragu with asparagus, english peas, fava beans & green garlic.” Did I mention the freshly-baked country bread and butter?
Hungry yet? Don’t fill up without opening the adorable jars of panna cotta with blackberries. We devoured those, too.
“We love pizza and Chinese food as much as everyone else,” says co-founder Matt Gorney, who lives in Eastchester with his family, “but our thought was, ‘Why are those always the go-to things for delivery?'”
The food is so fresh, so well-prepared and so easy to serve, Elizabeth, Nancy and I were quickly texting about how good it was. Maple & Rose offered us each a meal free of charge, but we didn’t agree to write anything in return. They just wanted us to taste, and I can say it was good enough to spend $70 (for two servings but it was easy to feed young kids on the generous portions).
I know it’s steep for the average weekday dinner, but it’s clearly not the average weekday dinner. It’s special. Here’s how I think of it: If you and your husband went out to dinner, you’d spend something close to this. Why not order it for date night at home? You may also want to “gift” a meal to a friend who is struggling with an illness or recently had a new baby.
Either way, you won’t be disappointed if you invite Maple & Rose to your dinner table. We weren’t.