Time is a luxury that Andrew King doesn’t take for granted. With that in mind, the executive chef and co-owner at Da Maurizio (1496 Lower Water Street) has teamed up with tech entrepreneurs Andy Hay and Will Nelson to give people a little more of it—plus, the added bonus fresh, healthy meals. The project is Sauté, a customizable monthly subscription to chef-prepared meals, with an ever-changing, locally- and seasonally-inspired menu from King.
“I actually thought about it years ago, but never had the time,” says King. But it wasn’t until he met Hay and Nelson, who approached him and his Maurizio co-owner/wife Tanya King with a fully-formed idea—and the tech skills— that Sauté started to take shape. "With my existing business not open for lunch, there's no overhead. We're all set up and ready to go."
Launching on August 24, Sauté promises healthy, fresh, not frozen, meals in a variety of subscription packages—from three to five lunches a week, to three to six dinners a week, depending on your needs (or, how often you prefer to break out the pots and pans). Menus can be modified according to your tastes, with daily lunch deliveries and twice-weekly dinner deliveries to a line-up of downtown locations. And if you're not near this list, or the pick-up location, you can rally 10 subscribers and make your own drop-off point.
"I think a lot of people are busy and just don’t have time, they're on deadlines, they have crunch times," says King of why Halifax needs a Sauté. "It affords people the luxury of time. It affords them the time to not have to think about it. Not have to think about what’s in it, or where its coming from."
Find out more about Sauté's prices here.