7 Foodie Gifts for Mother’s Day

Top 7 Food (Lovers) Mother’s Day Gifts

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” – Alan D. Wolfelt

Mother’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable women in our lives. My mother, my grandmother, and my wife have loved and supported me in so many ways. It’s because of their faith in me that I have had the confidence to follow my dreams and pursue them to the fullest. (If you see tears in my eyes it’s just allergies!)

For these reasons—and so many more—I strive to make Mother’s Day truly special. Now, I come from a family of foodies who enjoy cooking, baking, entertaining, and anything that brings people around the table. So this year, I have my eye on a few chef-approved gifts that any mother would love.

Here’s to all the moms out there who deserve a wonderful day and a delicious gift…

Food Gifts Your Mom Will Love!

Mother's Day bouquet sits next to two cups of tea on a table.

  • The Week Off: Yes, you can give Mom the perfect gift: a week off from cooking, with a Mother’s Day gift certificate from The Austin Artisan. Let us prepare gourmet meals so Mom doesn’t have to! Plus, she gets to pick what’s on her customized menu! Contact us for details.
  • Famille Rose Cake Plate: This one is for the baker who appreciates serving her homemade sweets with a little style.
  • Himalayan Salt Block: This versatile mineral-rich salt block puts an inventive twist on searing, grilling, and chilling.

Block of Himalayan salt

The Austin Artisan is a personal chef company that puts healthy, gourmet meals on your table effortlessly. We proudly service the greater Austin area, Westlake, Downtown, Tarrytown, Lakeway, Bee Caves, Cedar Park, and Round Rock. Let us create a menu for you–click here to explore the possibilities! 

7 Benefits of Hiring a Personal Chef for Your Holiday Party

With holiday gatherings fast approaching, you may be considering whether or not to cater an intimate meal or spend your time in the kitchen cooking and preparing lavish courses of food to feed the family and friends with whom you’ve chosen to spend the holidays.

Before you start Googling recipes or writing out a shopping list, consider the following 7 benefits of hiring a personal chef for your holiday party. And then relax.

Holiday Meals Cook Up Memories

Looking back upon your childhood, you may recall those warm and fuzzy moments of being in the kitchen, surrounded by loved ones, while watching your family prepare and baste the holiday turkey. The kitchen was loud, with the clatter of pots and pans, and the aftermath was a mountain of dirty dishes that nobody wanted to clean up.

Usually, the adults would ration the duties and divide and conquer the task of after-holiday party clean-up. Although many of these memories evoke happiness, cooking and cleaning took quality time away from the company, leaving the person responsible for cooking with all the worries of making everything perfect.

Today, the convenience of hiring a personal chef for holiday parties allows the host an opportunity to take a revered backseat and enjoy unforgettable moments at the dining table, rather than in an apron or with their hands in a sinkful of soapy water.

If you want to take the time to enjoy the season, hiring a personal chef truly is not an indulgence. It makes perfect sense for all of the following reasons.

Is a Personal Chef Right for Your Holiday Party?

Take a look at all the reasons for hiring a personal chef. It may just be the best decision for your holiday gathering this year.

#1. Perfectly Prepared Courses

No more dry turkey or stuffing. You don’t have to worry about burning the dinner rolls. An expertly trained personal chef has mastered the art of creating the finest of dining experiences. If you want to impress your party guests, a culinary professional will ensure that every course is delightfully tasteful and cooked to perfection.

#2. Adaptive to Dietary Concerns

Whether your guests have food allergies, gluten-free requests, or stick to low-carb courses, a personal chef understands how to prepare a menu that satisfies all palates without sacrificing taste. Take the worry out of accommodating dietary restrictions and allow a professional to map out a holiday menu that carefully fills every belly with satisfaction.

#3. Less Stress

Not only is preparing and cleaning up after a holiday party stressful in itself, shopping for the ingredients means running to several different crowded stores, all while battling the holiday traffic. A personal chef provides the freshest of ingredients, and the only thing you’ll need to worry about is what to wear and where to seat your guests.

#4. Time-Saving

The holidays are our moment to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones. If you’re in charge of planning and cooking for your holiday event, you miss out on precious time that you could better spend doing other things, like trimming the tree or hanging seasonal lights.

#5. Create Memories

The holiday season often makes us feel like the more presents we buy or stockings we stuff, the more we make memories. But the truth is, some of the best memories are those intimate moments that feel special, simply because everything turns out perfect. There is comfort and ease in hiring a personal chef for any holiday event. Everything turns out perfectly, and your family and friends are worth it.

#6. Intimate and Safe At-Home Dining

The current pandemic has kept many of us home and limited our exposure to the public. Rather than go out and risk any possible repercussions, at-home catered events keep your family and friends feeling safe and adequately socially distanced.

#7. Increased Options

With a personal chef, you not only get to enjoy exquisitely prepared meals, but you also have more variety. A chef brings new ideas, flavors, and courses to the table to make a memorable impression on your guests. Rather than rely on recipes from days past, a professional will pamper you with a creative blend of flavors, seasonings, and preparations that are stunning as they are sumptuous. What better way to celebrate the holiday this year than trying something new?

Treat Yourself This Season

If you’re ready to step out of the kitchen and enjoy your dinner party mingling, contact us. We can accommodate dinner parties and dietary requests while helping you create a memorable holiday dinner that nobody will forget. Book your holiday party today!

5 Reasons to Continue Prepared Meal Services Post-Pandemic

Life changed on a dime for all of us, and it doesn’t look like it’s going back to normal anytime soon.

With 42% of us working from home, and studies predicting a need for a degree of social distancing into 2022, prepared meal delivery services will continue as a viable option for busy households.

#1. Your personal chef cares about you and your family.

Because of COVID, many families experienced their first taste of prepared meal services from a personal chef. If one of those families was yours, you know the joy and convenience of a delicious, custom-designed meal explicitly matched to your family’s preferences.

Creating a meal with ingredients and flavors you love is only possible through clear, ongoing communication and feedback. And that feedback doesn’t just ensure you keep returning for more and more delectable dishes. It also allows us to get to know you and your family better.

And it means we make it our responsibility to avoid ingredients that trigger your daughter’s allergies or your partner’s food sensitivities. It also means we remember how much you liked the local herb-grilled summer squash, but next time you’d prefer that we hold the feta cheese.

Cooking is personal.

Over the last few months, families like yours trusted personal chefs like us to safely feed them through all the hurdles of social-distancing, not to mention the stressors of sourcing healthy meals in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

You opened your home to us, and in return, we provided exceptional care, being diligent in delivering great tasting food in the safest way possible.

Unlike fast-food franchises or large chain restaurants, personal chefs intentionally build relationships, which means we will continue investing personally to keep you well-fed, healthy, and safe.

#2. Your personal chef sources healthy ingredients (even when your grocery store’s shelves are empty).

If there is one thing COVID made abundantly clear, it was that safe, easy access to healthy food is something we take for granted.

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture assured us there was no shortage of food in the United States, a quick peek down your grocery store aisles made obvious there was considerable, unanticipated disruptions in the food supply chain.

It’s inconvenient (and uncomfortable) to substitute your Cottonelle toilet paper with a generic brand. You’re looking at another level of anxiety altogether when purchasing your essential grocery list requires the skills of a military tactician.

Thankfully, sourcing food is always a top priority for personal chefs.

Many of us have spent years developing relationships with a blend of global, regional, and local suppliers. This allows us to buy in-season produce locally while sourcing other produce from vendors outside our region.

When supplies run thin, a personal chef will have multiple resources, which means there may be a slight menu shift, but your prepared meal services continue.

And that’s important, especially during a pandemic when the kind of food you eat either strengthens or diminishes your body’s ability to fight anything that comes its way.

#3. Your personal chef makes dining in a more relaxing and satisfying experience than dining out.

While 39% of U.S. adults said they are comfortable dining out right now, the experience they seek may prove difficult for restaurants to provide for the near future, at least.

When you go to a restaurant, you want to feel relaxed, taken care of, pampered even.

Unfortunately, because of mandatory safety regulations and social distancing, the luxuries, ambiance, and service you desire is no longer available.

Restaurants limit staff interactions with customers as much as possible, reducing the human connection that makes dining out unique.

  • Gone are the menus, now you scan a QR code to access a digital menu.
  • Gone are quick payments, now your post-meal activity is wrestling a Ziosk or other annoying third-party payment processor.
  • Gone is the ability to hear your waiter make menu recommendations. Why? Because there are no physical menus. And next, because you can’t hear his voice from behind his mask 6-feet away.

When you dine-in on food prepared by your chef, you get to set the tone.

There are no wobbly tables, no loud music, and the only misbehaving kids might be your own (but you can send them to another room if you want).

Comfortable in your favorite leisurewear, you pull your most requested dish, perhaps the Pan-Seared Redfish, from the fridge, heat it per the directions, and plate it just like a chef.

It’s an easy win.

The exact opposite of what you can expect from prepared meal services is declining service, rising food costs, reservation hassles, limited capacity, and reduced customer experience.

Beautiful, high-end food that tastes as good as you feel is an alternative worth considering.

#4. Your personal chef maintains the highest safety standards in their commercial kitchen.

Food safety is of utmost importance to those serving in the food industry, and personal chefs are no different.

The extra precautions initiated by the CDC and WHO during the pandemic emphasized the future of food safety. As a result, many personal chefs took this time to tighten up their commercial kitchen’s standard operating procedures.

Our commitment to maintaining the highest measure of food safety standard possible in our commercial kitchen means we’ve reinforced personal hygiene practices, initiated more strategic food prep, and stepped-up our handling and packaging protocols. We’ve also created more in-depth cleaning/sanitizing practices to ensure the kitchen and delivery chains remain as safe as possible.

You can also request “contact-free” delivery to your building or door for your weekly prepared meal services for your added peace of mind.

#5. Your personal chef allows you to feel good about outsourcing yours and your family’s meals.

Even before the pandemic, you were pressed for time and juggling a busy family schedule.

Now that things are a little less crazy, you don’t have to compromise on your food choices for you or your family.

Hiring a personal chef alleviates the stress of planning, shopping for, prepping and cooking meals. Instead, you can tick off the “Serve up healthy delicious, immune-boosting meals to my family” check box in your daily bullet journal.

Choosing to outsource 3 comforting, healthy meals a week is not just budget-friendly, but it removes the fast-food option from the equation and sets up a pattern of eating for optimal health.

There has never been a better time to get started customizing a weekly plan that works for you and your family.

Making the Best of Difficult Decisions

2020 has been a year of stress, challenges, hope and unity. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves and our business this year and with every challenge we have faced during all this craziness, we’ve always been able to remain centered around our brand mission. We do more than just serve food; we build connections between people and we nurture our community.

Our latest challenge recently arose with a situation that happens from time-to-time: we had a disgruntled client. While we pride ourselves on always being on point, the reality is that we are understaffed and a last-minute request got lost in the shuffle. We immediately corrected the issue as soon as we became aware of it, however, the client continued to maintain a particularly combative attitude with our staff members every step of the way.

At the summation of our dealings, the client was still prepared to maintain their meal delivery service with us. However, after putting much thought into the situation we ultimately decided to discontinue our services with them.

This was a very hard decision to make. We’ve been luckier than many, however, the effects of this year’s pandemic have not left us unscathed. Turning down business is not an easy thing to do when times are hard. At the end of the day, we decided that we have to take care of ourselves first so that we can best serve you. We maintain a high standard of respect with everyone we do business with and expect the same of our vendors, our partners and our clients.

Even so, it breaks our hearts to lose a client. We don’t know what else was going on in their lives that may have had an impact on our communications. We’ve all been there, getting too surly with a call center employee or otherwise because we were having a particularly bad day in other ways. This is certainly the year of bad days and we’re nothing if not understanding.

However, just because we’ve been there doesn’t mean it’s acceptable.

We understand that everyone is a bit on edge these days. We are experiencing trying times. However, we are working tirelessly to uphold our standard of excellence, respect and patience as we forge on through the year. We may have lost a client, but we’ve gained something more: a greater perspective on who we are both as people and as a business.

Lastly, thank you to each and every one of you that continues to support us through these trying times. We appreciate you and hope you appreciate us in kind.

Staying Healthy in a Post Covid World

“Quarantine 15” doesn’t just rhyme; as we all obeyed our shelter-in-place orders for the better part of 2 months many people have emerged with slightly tighter pants. It’s not that surprising; the uncertain times have been perpetually unsettling at best, leading to a lot of anxiety and stress. When we’re stressed, we reach for comfort foods. High-fat, high-sugar (or starch) foods give us a jolt of energy and have a bit of a tranquilizing effect that can alleviate some of that anxiety, albeit only temporarily. Add to that the complete disruption of our routines, which for many also meant a disruption in our exercise routines. Gyms, parks, even some state and national parks remained closed months.

So here we are. As communities open up we emerge like plump little butterflies. Except we don’t want to be plump. Most of us just want to get back to where we were when this whole thing started. Here are our tips for staying healthy in body, mind and community.

Ditch the Comfort Foods

We think it goes without saying to do your best to bring your daily eating routine back to where it was before COVID-19. This means eliminating junk food, sugar and practicing a little more moderation with those simple starches, like white rice and pasta. At least to the effect you were already doing so pre-pandemic.

Move More

Returning to your prior exercise regimen may not be possible depending on the availability of open gyms, operating sports teams/centers, or your level of comfort in going to them or participating in team sports. However, exercise not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, but it can also help alleviate some of that anxiety that had you stress eating in the first place. The strategy here is routine. If you can’t participate in your old one, build a new one.

Maintain Healthy Sleep Hygiene

Let’s face it – we know you’re not out partying these days. Now is a great time to focus on sleep hygiene. Adequate sleep is important for both physical and mental health as well as for maintaining a healthy immune system. Key takeaways are to establish a bedtime routine, keep it consistent and avoid drinking too much alcohol, particularly right before bed (Yes, we know. The struggle is real but you will sleep so much better.)

Buy Local

No, locally produced food doesn’t have fewer calories necessarily than something commercially produced. The point here is to embrace the community around you. Support your local businesses, artisans and suppliers. Not only will you be helping your local economy, but you’ll also likely build some new relationships. Community is important, especially right now.

Let Us Help You

Do you know what makes healthy-eating easy as pie? Personal chef services. We create a custom menu just for you and deliver healthy, chef-prepared meals every week. Our prepared meal delivery comes with all kinds of perks like no contact delivery, limited grocery store outings (we provide all shopping and can even supplement our clients with grocery staples), and a custom menu. We also utilize as many local vendors as possible so you know you’re supporting the central Texas community. If you’re ready for custom, chef-prepared meals to help you kick start or continue your health journey, fill out our food profile to get started!

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. For more information on coping during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC also has valuable recommendations.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Intimate Dinner at Home

There’s a difference between staying in to “Netflix and chill” and creating a wonderful night out at home. You can take your weekend at-home evenings beyond snuggles and popcorn with just a little extra effort. While a special occasion often begs going out, staying in can be just as special, whether you’re getting over a cold and don’t want to head out into public or simply don’t want to book a babysitter.

Create Your Own Ambiance

There’s no reason you can’t snazz up your patio or dining room into a space with ambiance and flair. Break out the tablecloths, candles and that fine china you almost never use to create a restaurant feel at home. And our biggest tip: properly set the table to give your dinner an air of fancy! You can even leave the kids to their own devices indoors while you create a bistro on the patio. (Note: we mean electronic devices…)

Plan a Special Menu

If you don’t want to deal with cooking and cleaning, consider reaching out to a personal chef for a “dinner for two.” A personal chef is more than happy to come cook for you in your home. Often they’ll even deliver a 3-course menu. Don’t forget to procure a special bottle of wine to pair with your dinner, or ask your preferred meal delivery service if they can deliver wine, too!

Start with an Aperitif

Every great night out starts with a cocktail. Put on a little music and shake up a craft cocktail (or mocktail) to start the evening off right! The best part is this can last as long as you want – there’s no hostess disrupting your pre-dinner drink to let you know the table’s ready, so take advantage and take a leisurely approach!

Don’t Forget Dessert

Dessert is often put aside when dining at home, but a special night calls for a little something sweet at the end of your meal. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. Consider sharing a piece of cake or pie a la mode! If you don’t have a sweet tooth or if you subscribe to a keto or other low-carb dietary plan, do dessert like the French and have a small cheese board.

Include the Kids

One of the advantages of a night out at home is not having to get a sitter. While your options may vary depending on the age of your kids, consider including them in your fancy dinner! Set the table for everyone, ask for their input on a centerpiece, or even get them some sparkling cider to put in a wine glass. They will have just as much fun as you will, and you’re creating a family experience to remember.

Staying in doesn’t mean you have to have a buffet-style, casual affair every time. Whether you have a special occasion or your reason is no reason at all, we can help! We have a special Date Night Delivered package featuring a 3-course meal delivered to your doorstep. Contact us for more information on how we can help you create an in-home dining experience to remember, or order our Date Night Delivered™ online!

The Ultimate Personal Chef Experience in Austin

Soon, over 600,000 people will be flocking to the Capital City to attend Austin City Limits Festival, Formula 1, and Austin Film Festival to name a few popular annual events. If you’re visiting, perhaps you just booked a house on Lake Austin with Airbnb that has an amazing outdoor dining area.  Or maybe it’s a trendy SoCo condo with a gourmet kitchen. Is your company hosting an annual retreat or strategic planning gathering downtown?  

You could buy a heap of groceries and spend your time cooking, or you could try to find a restaurant that doesn’t have a two hour wait—but you would miss the amazing house you rented. May we suggest the convenience of having high quality, gourmet meals prepared for you by hiring The Austin Artisan Personal Chef!  

Our passion for outstanding food, genuine hospitality, and culinary entertainment is the heartbeat of The Austin Artisan. We remove all the hassle of planning meals while you’re enjoying ATX.  Here’s a few options that might be a perfect solutions while you’re enjoying Austin.

Your Own Private Chef:  Imagine gathering your friends at your vacation rental and topping off an amazing day with an intimate gathering centered around an unparalleled fine-dining experience! Our private dining options are interactive, with food prepared onsite, and attendees are invited to experience every aspect of the meal’s creation, from sourcing to construction.  The Austin Artisan private chef experience allows you to select your menus so we can craft a culinary adventure that will be an unforgettable evening of indulgent details from food to wine to great conversations.  Let’s get started…

Meal Delivery Service:  With fresh, quality, in-season ingredients and ever-changing options, you can enjoy our chef-prepared meals delivered right to your Airbnb or VBRO! No shopping, prepping or know-how needed. With no pre-set menus or predetermined delivery days, each meal plan is individually crafted by your personal chef to accommodate your flavor preferences and nutritional needs. We will deliver your fresh chef-prepared meals directly to your fridge, so you have more time to enjoy Austin and all the fun activities planned for the day. It’s that simple! Let’s craft your custom menu here…

Plan an Unforgettable Event:  Many companies choose Austin as a central hub for corporate meeting and retreats.  If you’re planning a big event—and want to impress your business colleagues, employees, clients, and prospective clients, count on The Austin Artisan to help you plan a unique and unforgettable dining event.  You will immediately experience the distinct difference from working with a caterer and a personal chef. The Austin Artisans aren’t just interested in feeding people; we’re interested in providing an intimate experience. We specialize in catering small events and providing the opportunity to craft plated, multi-course, progressive dinners or even custom cocktail parties. From molecular gastronomy to infused oils, we offer the true upscale dining and chef experience that you and your guests will remember for years to come. Let’s plan your party….

Contact The Austin Artisan for boutique catering, personal chef, and meal delivery services today.

Kick-Start Your Fall with Personalized, Chef-Style Meal Delivery Services!

Its August and that means summer is winding down, school is starting up soon and the line-up of after school activities is ready to commence.  When life gets hectic and crazy, it’s a constant struggle for families to make time for dinners that are healthy—and stress free.  

Have you considered a meal delivery service?   Get ready to say goodbye to the grocery store, and bon appétit!

Whether you are a busy family of five or a couple juggling demanding careers, meal delivery services are the most convenient way to eat nutritious meals, full of a wide variety of delicious options, that make dinnertime enjoyable.

So many options…
The good news, you have a lot of options when it comes to meal delivery.  Just a quick search online, chances are a dozen names will pop up from Plated to Blue Apron to Hello Fresh. Many of these programs will send you recipes and pre-portioned ingredients each week.  However, these services are “cookie-cutter” and not customized to you.  More so, you will still have to spend about 20-45 minutes cooking the meal—and then you have to wash dishes. Chances are, you want a service that caters to your palate, using only fresh and local ingredients and food that you can heat and eat.   No hassle, recipe cards to follow or a pile of dishes to wash.

Enter The Austin Artisan meal delivery service!
Simply put, there is no sautéing, blending, chopping required or recipe cards to follow.  You simply turn on your oven and heat your meal. In 5-15 minutes, your meal is ready, and you haven’t dirtied a single pot or pan!

The Austin Artisan’s personal chef-style meal delivery service is dedicated to making your meals as fresh as possible from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Each meal is personalized to your flavor and dietary  preferences.   Any meal can also be modified to be vegan, paleo or without coconut, mushrooms or other ingredients you don’t like. All meals are customized for you!  

Eating at home can be a luxury for those with hectic schedules. The Austin Artisan can transform your evening routine into a memorable and enjoyable dinning experience. With fresh, quality, in-season ingredients and ever-changing options, you can enjoy the convenience of plate inspired, chef-prepared meals. No shopping, prepping or know-how needed. Your meals are individually crafted to accommodate your flavor preferences and nutritional needs, and you decide when and how often we deliver your meals. 

Meal delivery services from The Austin Artisan will turn dinnertime into the best part of your family’s day in just 3 simple steps:

1. Fill Out a Food Profile

2. We Craft Your Custom Menu

3. We Deliver Directly to Your Fridge
Let’s get started.

Planning a Private Dining Event?

Know the Difference in a Caterer and Personal Chef

It was once thought that if you wanted to host a truly special event in your home, you should have it catered. Close friends and/or business associates were bound to feel pampered and be impressed by a team of uniformed servers ladling dinner from elegant silver chafing dishes, and sweeping away dirty dishes and glassware while the host mingled. 

But then, in spite of often good food and efficient service, every gathering started to feel the same.  Your private holiday dinner party was strikingly similar to the wedding reception you attended last month, which was very much like the quarterly sales meeting you attended at that big convention hotel.  Nice, but not special.

Those wanting to host a truly unique and memorable private dining event know that hiring a personal chef is the only way to go.

Unlike caterers, who typically prepare most of the food for private events off-site and transport it, along with necessary seating, table linens, dish ware and serving pieces, to your home just prior to your guests arriving, a personal chef kicks it up a definite notch.

Used to creating extremely customized menus for individuals and families on the regular, a personal chef focuses on the intricate details that set your event apart.

At The Austin Artisan, we not only take into account personal flavor preferences and nutritional needs (gluten-free, vegan, organic, Kosher, etc.,) we glean this information in a way that allows us to make your event one to remember. 

Carefully tailored pre-event interviews and flavor profiles familiarize us with your event goals, as well as you and your guests, so our interactions can be especially warm.  This is particularly helpful because our private dining experiences are so interactive, with food prepared onsite and full access to the chef at work, so attendees can experience every aspect of the meal’s creation. 

This peek into the process from sourcing to construction, combined with mouthwatering aromas and a bustling, yet refined atmosphere provides a one-of-kind ice breaker and mood setter, and elevates the whole experience to new heights.

Combined with a perfectly designed menu, specially crafted cocktails and/or desserts, and other touches reminiscent of shared experiences, your guests — whether family, friends from college, or business associates, are guaranteed to engage in relaxed, memorable conversation.

While there is absolutely a place in event planning for both catering and personal chef services, there is also a distinct difference. 

Trust The Austin Artisan to create your next private dining event. You won’t regret, or forget, it.

Eat What’s In Season!

In spite of some remaining chilly Texas weather forecasts, spring is just around the corner, and with it comes a whole new selection of colorful, in-season fruits and vegetables. Asparagus, avocado, greens of all kinds, red radishes and strawberries, purple carrots and tri-color beets will soon add a rainbow of color to the produce section of your favorite market.

But wait – hasn’t a lot of this stuff been in grocery stores for months?

Just because many of these fruits and veggies are available year ‘round, doesn’t mean they’re in season, which is when they’re most plentiful, most cost effective, and at peak texture and flavor.

Produce grown out of season, generally relies on the assistance of “modern agricultural practices” like pesticides, waxes and preservatives to not only allow them to grow in their off season, but maintain a fresh in-season appearance. For obvious reasons, these techniques don’t always line up with our efforts to eat clean.

Research shows that the nutritional content of a food can vary depending on the season in which it is grown and actually decrease the longer it sits after harvest. Long transport times across the country (or further) from in season locations to local markets can mean your healthy food choices may not be as nutrient dense as you think.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially when grown close to home, retain more of their nutrients and antioxidants making them the naturally healthier choice.

At Austin Artisan we believe that eating with nature’s cycles is not only healthier, better for the environment and more supportive of our local farmers, it allows us to offer our clients seasonal variety in their meals.

We pride ourselves on preparing and delivering healthy meals comprised of the freshest in-season produce available from local vendors who practice sustainable farming. In fact we strive to ensure our foods come from within 150 miles of Austin to bring you nutrient-dense produce harvested at the peak of freshness. We shop from many of the same Hill Country growers and farmers that supply our wonderful ATX farmers markets with sustainably grown fruits and vegetables and humanely raised meat options and dairy products.

If you would like to serve healthy meals made from locally grown, in season produce, but don’t have the time to shop, chop and cook, let Austin Artisan take the hassle out of weekday meal prep. Our delivery service can help you eat better, and save money and time. Contact us to get started.