LocalStove will review your submission and may reach out to you for additional information or clarification. Once you are approved, you can begin posting dishes (see below for more step-by-step directions).
“Beta” means that LocalStove is still in somewhat of an experimental phase. We are trying to do something that has never really been done before. Being on this new frontier is exciting, but it also means we have a lot of details to work out. Some of the things we’ll be testing and tweaking include how the website works for both eaters and Cooks and pickup/delivery procedures.
We are so grateful to all the Cooks joining us on this adventure. We also appreciate you being flexible and understanding as we work together to optimize LocalStove for everybody. As we embark on this experiment, Cooks are vital partners in helping to improve the concept and experience. We need your feedback! Your commitment during this period is crucial to all of our success.
Finally, setting expectations is really important: it may take some time to build up demand. So, at first we may not have as many orders as we’d like. Be assured, the LocalStove team is working hard to spread the word and promote your meals. So, please bear with us in the beginning. We assure you this will be a rewarding experience!
The simple answer is to make your lives easier. We want to make sure you have enough time to purchase your ingredients and cook for the exact number of orders you receive. Doing this prevents you from preparing any extra meals that may not have been purchased. For now, cutoff times for all dishes will be at 8pm the night before the dish is available.
Lots! First, you get to share your delicious creations with all types of people. You will earn extra income by doing what you love. Aspiring chefs can use LocalStove as a platform to test new recipes, get honest feedback and build a reputation. Finally, you get to be a part of an exciting new frontier in food, starting in the great city of Philadelphia.
That is up to your imagination! We allow all foods, except sushi to be offered on our website. If your meal would be best reheated please provide re-heating instructions. From time to time, we may give you feedback about the types of meals customers are looking for, but it is totally up to you to decide what to prepare.
Step 1: Download and Read the Kitchen Inspection Checklist and Cook Guidebook:
Here are the links to the Kitchen Inspection Checklist and Cook Guidebook . Your kitchen must pass all these requirements and you must cook according to the procedures outlined in the guidebook in order to sell food on the LocalStove platform.
Step 2: Create Your Profile:
Once you are ready, click HERE to provide contact information and the basis of your LocalStove profile. You must agree to the LocalStove terms and conditions (accessible from the profile form) by clicking the check box at the bottom of the page before you click the Submit button. Once you are approved, you can login and begin posting meals.
For now, we're paying by mailing a check to the address you give during registration, so make sure your address is correct!
Step 3: Post Your First Dish:
Once we activate you, you'll see a button to add a dish on your profile page HERE Fill out the form with the required information about your dish. You will need to post an image of the dish, in addition to the other information requested. If you don’t have an image available, you can search for a stock photo, as long as it is available for public and commercial use. You can post as many dishes as you want, but understand, once you have posted a dish to offer, you are committed to cooking it. We encourage you to post your dishes one week prior to the day they are offered, to ensure you get the most orders possible.
Step 4: Wait for Orders to Come in:
You will receive emails each time somebody submits an order for one of your dishes. Once the order cutoff time you set is reached, you will receive a summary email with all of your orders.
Step 5: Get Cooking:
Cook your meals Cook your meals according to the ingredients and description you initially provided. Pack your food in the containers provided by LocalStove and fill in the label on each container (see more details on this below).
Step 6: Be Available for Pickup:
When you post a dish, you will provide a time window when customers can come pick up their food. You will also set a location for pickup. This can be your home or any other place you prefer to meet eaters. After your pickup window has passed, if you have any eaters who did not show, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t worry, you will still be paid for those meals. If eaters select the delivery option, a delivery professional partnered with LocalStove will be at your location at the designated time (“pickup window”) to pick up your orders and deliver them.
Step 7: Post More Dishes
Use the same form to post new dishes. If you are offering a dish you have cooked before, please use the “Offer this dish again” option to save time!
For this beta our plan is to charge 20% of whatever you charge eaters. These charges fund our payment processing fees, infrastructure, and marketing to attract eaters. We will collect the payment directly from the eater and remit 80% of funds to you twice per month, minus applicable transfer fees. The eaters will also pay state and local sales taxes, but that won’t affect the amount you earn.
For example: let’s say you offer a stir-fry for $10. When you sell it, we’ll keep $2 and transfer you $8. The final price the eater pays is $10.80, since sales tax in Philly is 8%.
We will provide you with a number of containers to use. Since we can buy containers in large quantities, we are able to get the best discounts. We will offer them to you at our cost. Containers vary from $ 0.04 to $ 1.00 depending on the type and size. To request containers, email email@example.com with the number of each type that you need. We’ll soon send out a few options of dates and time windows for you to come meet us to pick them up. We will also provide you with disposable cutlery at cost. We may pick a place in Center City (zip code 19103), to make meeting easier for you.
We can provide three types of containers at this time:
32 oz. plastic entrée containers (similar to the black bottom clear top ones offered by many Chinese restaurants) - $0.19/unit
16 oz. soup containers - $0.11/unit
4 oz. sauce/salad dressing/side containers - $0.04/unit
If you want to offer something that doesn’t fit in one of these containers, you are welcome to purchase your own, but you must use our labels. All the costs associated with containers LocalStove provides will be deducted from your orders when the transfer is due.
We will send payment for your orders twice a month, on the 16th (or the following business day) of the month and 1st of the month (or the following business day). Each check will include payment for orders completed up to one week before the payment date and will deduct the cost of containers LocalStove provided you with. In other words, there will be one-week lag to make sure eaters had a great experience.
You will receive an email each time someone submits an order. You will also receive a summary email the night before your dish is served and a reminder email the following morning. So please always check your email.
Absolutely! Please do! We encourage you to post about LocalStove and your specific offerings on your own social media accounts. You can also email your friends and contact to let them know what you’re serving.
Additionally, please like the LocalStove page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram ( @Localstove ). Ask your friends and family to like us too. The more people know about LocalStove, the more people can buy delicious meals from you! Also, feel free to invite more home cooks and chefs you know to join our beta! Just ask them to sign up at localstove.com/be-a-cook.html .