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    Post #1 - September 11th, 2017, 1:50 pm
    Post #1 - September 11th, 2017, 1:50 pm Post #1 - September 11th, 2017, 1:50 pm
    This is a very intriguing idea:
    http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/September-2017/Shmeal-Neighbor-Cook-Me-Dinner/

    My first thought about this is 'how is it possibly legal?'. I spent a little time looking into state law (to see how my wife could sell homemade pies), and I thought it was clear that if you don't cook in a commercial kitchen, your only route for selling food was via farmer's markets.

    Anyway, I'm not in Chicago-proper, so I can't participate as a cook yet, but if anyone does, your impressions would be appreciated!
  • Post #2 - September 11th, 2017, 4:29 pm
    Post #2 - September 11th, 2017, 4:29 pm Post #2 - September 11th, 2017, 4:29 pm
    "Waivers" aside, I suspect that a homeowner's insurance policy would not cover any claims arising from this and you could potentially open yourself up to significant liability. A nice idea but difficult to implement.

    I've seen similar concepts come ad go over the past several years - just too difficult to sustain. (And I also had an acquaintance who set up a semi-commercial operation preparing meals for neighborhood families with two working parents - was shut down pretty quickly by authorities).
  • Post #3 - September 11th, 2017, 5:38 pm
    Post #3 - September 11th, 2017, 5:38 pm Post #3 - September 11th, 2017, 5:38 pm
    Also, I think the price point is too low to offer much more than stews, soups and simple sandwiches or salads. That wouldn't excite me much on an ongoing basis.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #4 - September 12th, 2017, 12:42 pm
    Post #4 - September 12th, 2017, 12:42 pm Post #4 - September 12th, 2017, 12:42 pm
    I wonder if they're somehow able to argue that the app is simply facilitating "meal sharing", and that the $6 goes toward that "facilitation", and isn't for food. Hmm...

    Well, I think it would be pretty fascinating to see what happens if it doesn't get shut down. If I lived in a neighborhood where I knew one cook made lasagna on Mondays, another cook made chicken adobo on Wednesdays, etc, etc, it seems like a lot of interesting communities and commerce could spring up from that.

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