LocalStove is a website that allows local cooks in your area to sell their meals to people like you. LocalStove Cooks are responsible for choosing what to prepare, when to cook, and how much to charge. Once a Cook signs up and makes it through the approval process, they can then create their profile and begin to post their meals.
As an eater, you can browse through the meals that are being offered by our Cooks on a particular day. (Soon, you will also be able filter by cuisine and dietary restrictions too!) While viewing a meal, you will also see a description, a full list of ingredients, where it is located, when you need to submit your order by and when it's available for delivery or pickup. Once you put in an order and submit your payment, you will then receive an email with delivery or pickup instructions.
LocalStove Cooks are accomplished professional chefs, current culinary students, dedicated nutritionists, as well as local people who just love to cook delicious food. Check out the profiles of our Cooks here, to get a feel for the hard work they put into their craft and their sources of inspiration.
LocalStove delivers meals in certain zip codes in Center City, but we're expanding our delivery zones rapidly! Our current delivery zone is displayed on the map below. Orders from customers outside of our delivery zone are required to pick up their meals directly from the cooks. When browsing the available meals, you can view the approximate pickup locations. Once you submit your order, you will receive a confirmation with the exact address and pickup instructions.
For many LocalStove Cooks, this is not their full-time job and it is often difficult to be available all day or all evening for pickups. Having a set pickup window allows for more Cooks to join the LocalStove community and gives those Cooks an opportunity to indulge in their favorite pastime, cooking. If you order a meal and do not pick it up within the given window, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Food safety is LocalStove’s highest priority. We provide Cooks with a 30-point inspection checklist and a very strict food handling safety guidebook. These guidelines are in line with state and local regulations. Furthermore, the vast majority of our Cooks have worked or currently work in professional kitchens and have specific training in food safety.
If you are not satisfied with your meal, let us know and we will provide you with a full refund. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and describe the problem you experienced.
The LocalStove website allows you to rate Cooks directly using a five-star rating system. An email will be sent to you by LocalStove, which will allow you to share your thoughts. Public comments will also be available very soon.
All payments are processed on the LocalStove website and Cooks do not accept any payment for LocalStove orders directly. You can use any major credit card to process your order, through our secure provider.
We’d love for you to join our community. Sign up to cook here.
If you have friends who you think would make for great LocalStove cooks, submit their names here and we’ll give you a free meal once they start officially cooking on the LocalStove website!