Do you like eating gourmet meals, but don’t like cooking and prefer the comfort of your own home?
Munchery might be worth looking at, then. The San Francisco-based startup today announced an expansion into the Seattle area, in addition to a $28 million Series B round that pushes total funding to $32.2 million.
“We think Seattle and San Francisco share many qualities, both in terms of the people and geography,” Munchery Director of Marketing Michael Schaecher told GeekWire. “Both cities are early tech adopters with a vibrant startup community. Both are passionate about high-quality, real food. And unfortunately, we also share horrible traffic over similar terrain — which makes adapting operations easier.”
Put simply, Munchery delivers meals to your door — but not from other restaurants. The company actually has its own world-class chefs who make meals in a huge kitchen. Once the meals are prepared, a delivery team brings food to people within a one-hour window, and the chilled meals can be heated up in five minutes in your oven or microwave. Customers can order online or via a mobile app.
Munchery’s kitchen in Seattle, which will officially open this summer, marks the first expansion for the two-year-old startup. The company also announced that Emily Moore, a veteran chef from the Pacific Northwest, will be the Culinary Manager for Munchery Seattle. She’ll be in charge of recruiting local chefs and putting together a menu for Munchery’s Seattle operations.
Some meals that Munchery already has prepared for its Seattle menu — which changes every day — include Salmon Teriyaki & Soba Noodles, Penne Pasta & Roasted Vegetables, and Fresh Seafood Cioppino.
Munchery, which has served nearly 600,000 meals in the Bay Area, will face competition in Seattle from Amazon Fresh’s Seattle Spotlight program, in addition to other food delivery services like Caviar, Eat24, Bitesquad, Postmates and others.
The $28 million round was led by Shervin Pishevar and Scott Stanford’s SherpaVentures, in addition to funding from famous foodheads like Top Chef judge and Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and Chef Roy Choi.