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Want a hot breakfast without having to cook, clean or leave your home? Breakfast Club Delivery is getting ready to launch in the coming weeks. The home delivery service provides hot brunch dishes already plated and ready to eat straight to your door.
"It's like tableside service in your home," said owner and creator Nikki Stoughton. "It's not exactly catering; it's a hot-plated experience."
Stoughton came up with the idea for the company after helping a family member move last year. "It was a Sunday afternoon, the whole family was at the house. We wanted a hot breakfast but didn't want fast food," she said. "I called up Bob Evans to put in 10-12 orders. They were getting it all wrong, and when I picked it up I walked out with an armful of bags, and when we took it home, it was cold."
Stoughton saw the opportunity and put together a business plan for course project in journalism school, then decided to launch the company in Columbus this spring. She's partnered with long-time friend and chef Josh Truex, formerly the executive chef at Glenlaurel Inn in Hocking Hills, and now sous chef at Spagio. Together they've assembled a menu of sweet and savory brunch dishes that can be ordered online and delivered to the home.
Where Stoughton is trying to differ from a typical meal delivery service is how she preps and serves the food. The delivery truck is outfitted with an oven, a cooler and a full expo line. Truex prepares the meals at The Commissary, then she assembles them in the truck, so when they're delivered to a home they're plated at the proper temperature and can be eaten immediately.
They tested the concept with a soft launch in mid-March. Stoughton said they learned a lot - namely that the truck requires more power to run the specialty equipment. But the updates are nearly complete, and she's continuing the soft launch with the remaining Sundays in April.
The menu features dishes like eggs benedict, shrimp and chorizo grits, stuffed French toast, hash, omelets, crepes and sides. Once Breakfast Club is launched, Truex will include a "chef du jour" item that rotates weekly. The minimum order is four plates. Stoughton is hoping to offer a Breakfast of the Month club, where diners can sign up for a monthly delivery three or six months at a time.
The full launch will take place in May. Regular "hours" will include deliveries on Saturdays and Sundays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with catering opportunities during the week. Customers can create accounts and view the menu on their site: thebreakfastclubdelivery.com.
Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming spring 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.