Take Home Gourmet: Mama’s Cooking Without the Drama

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 24th 2012 3908 0

What's better than a home cooked meal? A home cooked meal that you don't have to prepare yourself. That's what makes Take Home Gourmet so brilliant – they're like family dinner enablers.

Take Home Gourmet

Originally, the storefront that housed Take Home Gourmet was one of those prepare-your-own freezer meal places that got hugely popular in the early aughts. (Does anyone else think that the trend died out because going to a place and assembling a freezer / oven ready meal takes just as much work as going to the grocery store and cooking it at home?)

Take Home Gourmet has it figured out, though. Their team of chefs prepares and assembles everything in house and packages it into recyclable aluminum tins making it easy for busy people to stop by the shop, pick up dinner and cook it (or freeze it for later).

Chicken Parm and Italian Spinach, Take Home Gourmet

On any given day, they've got about 25 items in stock. Since it's impossible to predict what people will be craving, chef John Wilson tries to make sure that there's a decent variety of entrees, sides and desserts in stock.

When I stopped by the shop, I was pleased that there weren't too many casseroles on the menu. There's usually one, but for the most part, the entrees are things you would find in a restaurant – lasagna, cajun chicken pasta, beef enchiladas, etc.

Lasagna from Take Home Gourmet

I tried the lasagna (one of their signatures), parmesan chicken, Italian spinach, mac'n'cheese and peanut butter pie. In the interest of authenticity, they were all prepared from their frozen state, and honestly, I couldn't tell.

The food wasn't mindblowingly unique, but it was solidly tasty in a family-dinner kind of way. It's tastes like home cooking that levelled up (in some cases – like the Italian spinach – a lot). Meaning, if you wanted to pass it off as your own, you probably could. After all, you may not have prepared it, but technically, you did cook it.

Take Home Gourmet is open Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The prices wind up being about $5 per person for an entree (which is less than you'd spend going out), and they offer monthly plans where you can pay in advance at the beginning of the month and pick up your meals whenever.

Go there:

Take Home Gourmet

2130 W. Poplar, Suite 105
Collierville, TN 38017

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. ginmemphis says:

    Thanks, I'll definitely try this!  Note: Aluminum tins/plates can be reused, but I don't believe they can be recycled in Memphis; only aluminum cans.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Fork It Over Catering does something similar, but it's a little pricier and formatted as a dinner for two. It's a weekly deal emailed out every week. And they deliver! I can't speak for the dinners, but I've enjoyed Fork It Over's offerings many times, and they're always really good.

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