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Pertaining to the week of Monday 12/06


Hello all! We are so excited to launch into another week serving you. We hope that your Thanksgiving was full of love, laughter, and lots of yummy food. We have a few short announcements for you before we get to next week’s menu. If you would like to skip straight to ordering, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the ORDER HERE button!

If you are reading this after Saturday 12/04 at 9pm, we regret to inform you that the order form has closed. Please don't be shy, though. We often have some room to wiggle for late orders. Just shoot us an email here if you missed the order deadline. Otherwise, lookout for our next menu. It will come out on Tuesday 12/07 for the following week.

(1) Pasta Making Classes and Private Events: We are offering pasta making classes and private dinners for groups of 6-10 again! We are so excited to get back in touch with our roots (classes and small events is where Taking Pure Joy started!). Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call here for more information.

(2) How to use our order form (find it at the the bottom of this page; Click “ORDER NOW”):

~ Step 1: Select the menu items you would like to order

~ Step 2: Indicate the number of servings you would like for each item by checking the box corresponding to that number. We HIGHLY encourage ordering 4+ servings of any given dish due to the fact that we charge a flat labor rate per menu item ordered regardless of the number of servings. So order more servings at a minor extra cost and enjoy for lunch!!

~ Step 3: Indicate your dietary needs. Make sure to not only check the box that corresponds to your desired number of servings for a particular dish, but to also check any boxes that indicate your specific dietary restrictions (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, etc.). While you are also welcome to indicate these restrictions in the comments section at the bottom of the order form, checking these boxes ensures that your order gets into our system accurately. Please save the comments section for any additional concerns.

~ Step 4: Leave additional comments/requests. Use the comments section at the bottom at the bottom of the order form to let us know about any additional dietary needs/taste preferences that are not provided as options under individual menu items. We can usually accommodate.

(3) Minimum Orders: Please remember that we DO have a minimum order policy. We require clients to order at least 2 dishes per delivery day. So, if you are ordering on both Monday and Thursday, you will be ordering a total of 4 dishes for the week. If you are only ordering on Monday OR Thursday, you only need to order 2 dishes per week.

(4) Change is afoot! On two counts... (1) We are moving kitchens next week! This should not affect your service, but we just wanted to give you a heads up! (2) We have a new delivery driver! Our delivery manager Bianca brought Mel to the team when we decided we needed a little bit more people power to get you folks your meals in time for dinner. She has been an awesome addition to Taking Pure Joy! Give her a wave when you see her!

(5) Reheat Cheat Sheet: We put together a set of instructions for reheating your Taking Pure Joy meals. Find it updated weekly HERE! We hope this is helpful! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts.

(6) Money Talk…So what’s this really going to cost me? We are passionate about getting you and your loved ones the meals you need wherever your budget stands. We have done A LOT of research over the years and truly do believe that we are one of the most cost effective options for what we offer. That being said, there ARE ways to order from us that are more budget friendly than others. We have put together a comprehensive pricing/information sheet that is intended to help coach you through how we do things. Check it out HERE.

(7) New to Taking Pure Joy? Welcome!! Take a look at our How it Works page to get some of our more frequently asked questions answered. Also, make sure to read up on how to order smart from Taking Pure Joy…we know that these are strange times, but it is our goal to make hiring a private chef obtainable. We are here for you.

Thank you for taking the time! Here is your menu for next week!


Monday 12/06

Burrata + Prosciutto ~ over a bed of arugula, drizzled with balsamic reduction, and served with perfectly toasted crostini request vegetarian and/or gluten free

Sesame + Ginger Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Mixed Balsamic Roasted Veggies ~ Carrots + Eggplant + Bell Pepper

Potato + Leek Soup ~ contains dairy

Miso Crusted Cobia OR Tofu ~ firm white fish with a mild flavor

Chicken Marbella ~ slow braised chicken thighs with olives + prunes + capers

Italian Style Beef Meatballs

Cheesecake Brûlée ~ everything you love in a cheesecake AND a creme brûlée all in one

Thursday 12/09

Greek Salad ~ tomatoes + cucumber + feta + kalamata olives request dairy free

Parmesan + Herb Orzo Risotto

Sweet + Tangy Roasted Winter Squash

Grandma’s Veggie + Noodle Soup in our From Scratch Chicken Stock

Asian Style Sweet + Sour Shrimp

Cajun Style Chicken Breast OR Tofu

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Prosciutto + Gruyere Strata ~ think savory breakfast bread pudding! request dairy free and/or vegetarian (no prosciutto)

 Specific dietary needs? No problem! I am confident in my ability to make substitutions that will maintain the integrity of the desired dish while keeping you on track with your dietary needs. Just pick your items and specify your needs.