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Relay Foods – A Different Kind of Food Truck

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Operations.TrucksRelay Foods is an innovative online grocery company with a mission to bring the best in local produce, sustainable foods and everyday groceries directly to their customers. Relay offers about 8,000 products in their catalog; 30% of the catalog is sourced locally to the markets they serve. With simple online ordering and convenient home delivery or free pick up, Relay Foods is changing the way people get their groceries, simplifying the process and raising the standards for local quality. Launched in Charlottesville, VA in 2009, Relay Foods has quickly grown to serve much of Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas. Now they are growing their market in the Triangle Area with pick-up sites in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville and Cary.

The Friends discovered Relay Foods at Pop-Up Sunday Market and signed up for their promotional offer. We were very pleased with our first experience and found Relay Foods to be a dynamic online grocery company. First we “shopped” at Relay Foods online from our home computer (you can also use you mobile device). After our cart was filled, our order was hand bagged, making sure of freshness, cleanliness and accuracy. It was then placed on one of the Relay trucks to be delivered at one of the many pick up spots.

Recently Relay Foods has added a new meal planning service that takes the ease of shopping with Relay one step further. With the meal planning, you can shop by meals rather than individual ingredients. There are several different meal plans with 3-4 meals in each plan. You can pick and chose meals from different plans, making menu planning a snap! For now, this service is still in beta mode; that means Relay is giving customers access to it in small groups. Relay Foods reached out to The Friends to see if we would like to participate in the beta testing. We were excited and happy to take part in this.

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“The Meal Plan Beta Test”

IMG_2010We planned to do this for one of our Saturday at-home-dinners. Last weekend, Traveler and I tried out one of the meals from “Flavors to Fall in Love With” meal plans. Traveler selected the Simple Strip Steak with Mushroom Bacon Risotto meal. Relay Foods home delivery service brought our order right to the door late Friday afternoon. I could hardly wait to unpack our order see what we had to work with. I unpacked our groceries to take an inventory making sure we had everything called for in the recipes. After verifying we had everything needed, I put it away.

IMG_2027When Traveler arrived Saturday afternoon, we reviewed the recipes from the Relay meal plan and made our game plan for the Simple Strip Steak with Mushroom Bacon Risotto dinner from Relay Foods. Since the steak needed to marinate for at least 2 hours, we made the simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, rubbed it on the steak and set it aside to rest for two hours. Using simple seasonings enhanced the rich pure flavor of this great steak.

IMG_1487According to our game plan, Traveler would take pictures and tweet out our prepping and cooking of the meal. Since the Mushroom Bacon Risotto would take longer, I would prep for and cook the risotto so Traveler would have time to do plenty of tweeting. As I finished up the risotto, Traveler would prepare the Strip Steak. Our planning and timing of meal prep and cooking was spot on. Both the steak and risotto came off at the same time and we plated a very eye-pleasing meal. We found the meal to be as tasty as it looked.

IMG_2034Traveler and I enjoyed our experience with Relay’s Meal Plan. Shopping by meals rather than individual ingredients is very convenient. You don’t have to worry about finding out you have forgotten something when you begin to prepare the meal because Relay’s Meal Planning has taken care of this. We found the recipes easy to follow using simple cooking techniques to complete a delicious meal.   Traveler and I recommend giving Relay Foods Meal Planning a try. It’s great for busy people on the go.

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Sunday Pop-Up Market – Downtown Raleigh

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popupThe Belle and I have been excited about attending the Pop Up Sunday for a few weeks. November 23rd would be the last one until April. We hate attending events in the pouring rain, but when The Friends left the house it was not raining, however shortly after we left the rain grew stronger.

Fortunately we had umbrellas and the parking was close. Tracey Johnson, owner of Patina South Vintage, and Cynthia Deis, owner of Ornamentea, are the trailblazing organizers of POP-UP Sunday. This event books months in advance and consistently rotates vendors from all over the US, even as far as Austin, TX. Tents, umbrellas, and vintage camper styled shops line the edges of the fun with money being raised each month for a different local charity. This month the Pop Up Market partnered with Interact of Wake County and Bold Rock Hard Cider to raise money and awareness. InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault.

I saw many interesting items; a plaid vintage coat, antique jewelry, refurbished jewelry, soaps, antique furniture, a poet creating poems on a typewriter, plants, ceramics, and food trucks to name a few. I purchased an antique pin that as a filigree patter, very delicate and appearing to be very old. The Belle found a beautiful pair of earrings and The Bad Boy found some nice aromatic soaps. Inside Ornamentea there were more treasures to find. We spotted the food and I purchased a Mexican brownie and Belle purchased four Irish Car Bombs cupcakes.

We also discovered Relay Foods. They had delicious samples of Pumpkin bread.   The Belle and I purchased the Kitchen Essential Kit which for $15.00 we received; Sausage Craft San Miniato Sausagr, Nello’s Southern-Crafted Premium Marinara Sauce, Farm Friend All-Natural 2% Homogenized Milk from Grass-Fed Cows, Runningbyrd Tea Company Montgomery Mint Tea, Mountain View Farm Local McClure Swiss Style Cheese, Nature’s Yoke Large Natural Cage-Free Brown Eggs, Bread Works Bakery Sunflower Wheat Bread, 22 oz. and Organic Yellow Onions.

Despite the rain, we were pleased with the market and plan to return on the 4th Sunday in April.

This Pop UP Sunday market include the following vendors:

Oak City Collective, My Vintage Gem, Good Graces Dog Treats, Patina South Vintage, Retro Modern Furnishes, Relay Foods, Typed Fresh, The Container Farmer, Leaf Love Soap, The Record Krate, HappyFoodwine, Anne Terry Handmade, Up a Cup a Tea, QuirkyGrrrl, TMT Wine Design, Cockamamie and From Lillian Vintage, A Junkin’ Ginger, Active Heart Creations, All Things Design by Katie Carroll.

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