What’s The Next Big Thing In Food? Plated.com!


What’s The Next Big Thing In Food? 

Nick Taranto, Co-Founder of Plated.com, was so confident that the Food Techies at Internet Week NY,  would love his new service, he offered a free month’s membership of PLATED, to everyone who was interested in trying it out.

Plated.com is a new food startup, that delivers to your home, ready-to-cook gourmet meals, from recipes, created by notable chefs. All ingredients for preparing the dinners, are included in the delivery box, and meals can be prepared in thirty minutes or less, even by non-cooks, like me.


Never one to turn down free food, I jumped at the opportunity. I was a little skeptical, but what did I have to lose? I’m always looking for ways to improve my cooking skills, since, I really don’t have any.

There never is any planning, in “Miss Vicki’s Improvisational Kitchen”, but all that was about to change, thanks to Nick Taranto, and Plated.com.


According to the instructions from PLATED, the only things that I would need, would be some salt, a spatula, a mixing bowl, and two pans. How much easier could it get?

Platted.com, Nick TarantoMy order for Southwestern Shrimp and Grits, with Leeks and Asparagus, arrived by FEDEX, neatly packed in what I will refer to as a “MAGIC BOX”.

When I opened the box, everything had arrived fresh, and in tact. The box was replete with ice packs, proper packaging to survive the trip, and the exact amount of ingredients, to prepare dinner for two. What a concept!

Plated.com, Nick Taranto

Each of the ingredients was clearly labeled and EZ to understand. The instructions were simple, there were photos for every step in the process, and I was getting so excited about dinner, I started cooking at 3PM.


I followed the simple-to-read directions, for my choice of Southwestern Shrimp and Grits with Leeks and Asparagus, something that I would NEVER know how to make… or FAKE, for that matter.


I would also never have these ingredients on hand, in Miss Vicki’s Improvisational Kitchen.


This was a whole new concept for me, to follow a recipe, and use exact amounts. I relished the concept. I started with step number one, and cooked the grits.


I soaked the leeks.


I chopped the veggies, then sautéed them.


I coated the shrimp, with the enclosed spices.


I cooked the veggies and the shrimp together.


 By following the simple instructions, I delivered an amazingly delicious meal to my table! In only 30 minutes, I prepared a gourmet meal that impressed me, and Dan too!

This was truly one of the best cooking experiences of my life.

Plated.com turned me into a REALLY GOOD COOK tonight!

THANK YOU PLATED for unlocking my inner chef!

I’m excited to share my #platedpics on thedish.plated.com

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