Food Notes: Meal-delivery business Hello Dinner is now taking orders

doland@idahostatesman.comDecember 6, 2013 

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These meals have wheels: Hello Dinner will bring healthy food to you.

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Looking for a way to have healthy meals at home — and not have to cook them?

Check out Hello Dinner, a new meal-delivery concept from Chef Diane Hodges and Emily Barker, formerly of My Fit Foods, a healthy-food chain that went out of business last year.

Hello Dinner is now open at 12646 W. Fairview Ave., in the Town and Country Center, which also houses Jake’s Gluten Free Market, The Produce Barn and Choice Cut Meats.

Find the menu at HelloDinnerIdaho.com and directions for how to place an order by email.

Meals for breakfasts, lunches and dinners are made from scratch and will be nutritionally dense, low in calories, fat and sugar and gluten-free.

They will deliver to your home or office. There is no minimum order or membership, and delivery is free for orders over $75. On orders less that $75, delivery is a flat $5 fee. They also offer nutritional counseling to help you create a meal plan.

Baker and Hodges also are running a Kickstarter campaign through Dec. 30. They are more than half way to their goal of $4,000, which will be used to build a new website and an online ordering system.

You can follow the campaign’s progress on Hello Dinner’s Facebook page. Phone: 602-4999.

PANDA, CHIPOTLE CONFIRM OPENINGS

Back in July, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panda Express were vague about plans to move in as neighbors to Trader Joe’s at Front Street and Capitol Boulevard.

The restaurants’ names, along with Starbucks, were on the mock-ups released by developer Hawkins Companies in an application for more and bigger signs than Boise typically would allow.

Well, the musing is just about over. Trader Joe’s is still several months out, but Panda Express has “now hiring” signs posted on its future home on Front. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Chipotle confirmed that, yes, they are opening at 305 S. 6th St., on the east side of the complex. No word from Starbucks yet.

DISTRICT COFFEE HOUSE MOVES

Volunteer-operated District Coffee House, 110 S. 5th St., has moved from the Belgravia Building at 5th and Main Streets to 219 N. 10th St., Boise into the larger, higher profile storefront formerly occupied by Cafe Boise.

District is a nonprofit coffeehouse owned by Boise’s Calvary Chapel, which also operates Red Letter Books and Cafe at 1 Auto Drive.

A few changes coincided with the move. The menu of soups and sandwiches is gone and replaced by a focus on coffee and pastries.

District is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Phone: 343-1089.

EAT CHINESE AND HELP THE WCA

P.F. Chang’s in BoDo will donate 20 percent of sales from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, to help make the holidays a little more special for two families selected by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This is the second year the restaurant has put on this event.

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