Lish is raising more money to help deliver dinner.
The Seattle-based startup has raised $375,000 of a larger $600,000 round, according to an SEC filing posted today.
Lish CEO and co-founder Aakhil Fardeen confirmed that his startup is raising cash, but would not provide further details as to investors and what the funding will be used for.
Lish launched a little more than a year ago to deliver on-demand meals priced at $10-to-$15 to customers’ houses and offices around town. The platform connects professional chefs with busy people who may not have the time or skills to cook a quality meal.
Users can see what meals are available by using Lish’s app, which updates each day. If they see something tasty and it’s before 7 p.m., customers can order food and expect delivery (which costs $4) in less than two hours. They also have the option to order meals, which are delivered chilled, in advance.
The company is somewhat unique, as it does not hire its own chefs, nor does it deliver food made by other restaurants. Lish lets chefs make their meals either at Lish’s kitchen in Seattle or at their own restaurants.
Founded by ex-Amazon product manager Aakhil Fardeen and his former colleagues, Lish has partnered with nearly two dozen chefs, including Seattle food entrepreneur Ethan Stowell and alumni of restaurants like Canlis and The French Laundry.
Since launching in July 2014, Lish has expanded to serve parts of Bellevue and also rolled out a B2B play, offering family-style food and boxed lunches to offices around town.
“Team breakfasts, happy hours, dinners or cocktail events, we will cover it all for you,” the company says on its website. “And if you want a chef to come in and set up an omelet station, a taco stand or a kabab stall, all you have to do is ask.”
The B2B model is similar to Peach, another new Seattle startup that focuses on lunch delivery to office buildings around town. Peach just raised $8 million to expand nationwide.
Lish and Peach are among a bevy of companies looking to deliver food to your door, including the likes of Munchery, Caviar, Postmates, Bitesquad, Seamless, GrubHub, Yelp-owned Eat 24, and many others that we tested last year. San Francisco-based Munchery, which expanded to Seattle last year, is the company most similar to Lish, delivering chilled dinners made by professional cooks.
Even big tech giants like Amazon are also involved, with the Seattle company rolling out a new restaurant delivery service that GeekWire tested last week.