John Brandt-Lee, chef-owner of two Chester County restaurants, Avalon Restaurant in West Chester and Avalon Bistro in Downingtown, is such a nice guy, he wants to take some of your stress away. "Imagine getting home from work and having a fresh, home-cooked meal waiting for you. Imagine sitting down for a relaxing dinner with your family - at your own table. I know how hectic life can be because I'm a working parent too. At Avalon, we're making it a little easier by delivering fresh meals right to your door," said Brandt-Lee. Chef John is known for his rustic Italian cuisine and inventive pasta dishes, which he now wants to bring to your house. Also perfect for new parents, after a death in the family or after recovering from surgery, the meals are prepared for a family of two adults and two small children and are delivered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Most are pre-cooked and vacuum-sealed, so all you need to do is heat them in a pot of simmering water.
There is a choice of about seven dinners and three desserts available for each delivery day and vegetarians and gluten-free eaters can be accommodated, too, just give Angela a call at (610) 873-4200. (Chef John uses an imported Italian rice pasta for his GF pasta dishes.) Some recent menu options have been Atlantic Salmon with black bean corn salsa and roasted beet salad, Sausage & Peppers Scaloppini with mushrooms and Caesar salad and Penne Pasta with chicken and peas, tomato basil cream sauce and Caesar salad. When you sign up, Avalon will email you a menu every two weeks. If you like what you see, you just need to place an order by the cut off date. You don't even have to be home to receive the order; your meals arrive in a cooler with detailed heating and freezing instructions.
If you order twice or more during a week, your shipping is on the house. And speaking of free, each week Chef John makes extra meals and delivers them to local families in need, free of charge. He encourages his customers to anonymously suggest names of disadvantaged families. Now that is a nice guy!