Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dinner Savvy

I was pretty bummed when Dinner A'Fare closed its doors, especially since Baby 2 is fast on his way and I want to load up the freezer with healthy, good food to get us through those first months (it has been pointed out to me that I seem incredibly paranoid that DH and I are never going to eat again once baby 2 comes).  Anyhow, when I saw an ad for Dinner Savvy in Apex I roped Sarah C. along to try it out with me.

We really liked Dinner Savvy.  And my freezer can prove it.  This place was much less about "a night out" than Dinner A'Fare was for us.  We went in solely to prep food, but, of course, we managed to gab and enjoy while there!  The facilities are smaller than Dinner A'Fare was, many more people come in to this place so you will be sharing cook stations, but we still had a really great time.  They are definitely doing something, right, too, since Dinner Savvy has been in business for over 5 years and are going strong.

Dinner Savvy operates the same way: you pre-pick which meals you want upon your advanced registration (required).  When you show up for your cooking time you are shown the stations where your meals are available for preparation.  You go to the various stations where detailed, easy-to-follow recipes and measurements are out, as well as all ingredients which are pre-diced and sliced.  You put everything into plastic storage bags or other freezer appropriate storage containers and leave at the end of the night with delicious meals to cook when you are ready and want them.

This spot is actual cheaper than you think.  When I went to register I balked at first at the pricetag.  Three meals are $78.  BUT, here's the catch: these meals are HUGE.  They serve 6 folks.  Plus here's a serious insider's tip: you can split every single meal.  At each station, for every single entree, there are directions on splitting it in half.  Dinner Savvy allows you and a friend to share a registration.  For example, if Sarah C. and I had realized it we could have paid $78 total (instead of $156 total), and each of us gone home with 3 freezer meals, just at half-sized portions.  Make sense?  You can do that with the 6-meal package as well, of course.  They also have a 12-meal package option.

Another great little tip we discovered is that if you are a new mom they waive the assembly fee for pick up orders.  At Dinner Savvy you can get online and ask them to do all the packaging and preparation for you, you just pick up your freezer meals.  They usually charge a $10, $20 or $30 assembly fee for this.  But just call, make your order, tell them you are a new mom, and they will waive that fee.  You still have to get there to pick it up, though.

The dinner choices were so diverse and I am really looking forward to trying them out.  We had plenty of options (fish, beef, pork, poultry) and Sarah C. and I ended up making: chicken lasagna florentine, garlic lime chicken, shrimp & grits, slow cooker fajitas, and peppercorn pork tenderloin with sherry cream sauce.  The menu changes every month, too.

Dinner Savvy has cookies, coffee, and water for you to partake while you are there.  All safety elements (plastic gloves, aprons, etc) are provided on premises.  There is always a staffer there to help you out, and they are very nice - we asked a lot of questions.

Our entire time there to prepare our meals was under an hour.  It's a quick stop that pays off huge rewards for your family dining table.

There are some holiday specials going on right now.  In fact, you can head to Dinner Savvy this time of year to do your holiday baking.  Seriously, let them help!

Planning ahead with meal preparation always makes our lives as parents a little bit easier.  Getting professional help with that is even easier.  So check out Dinner Savvy!

Dinner Savvy
841 Perry Road


At September 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM , Blogger Corrie said...

I also like Dinner Savvy - especially when they have deals on Twongo. Did you know that Dinner A'Fare ships to your home free of charge if you live in the Raleigh area? I've done that once or twice. But you have to order the 12 meal package and my freezer never has the space anymore.


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