New grocery service features best of what Chicago can offer
Monday, January 23, 2012
Foodie parents know that Chicago is full of specialty shops offering the finest artisanal foods, from meats and cheeses to handmade pastas and baked goods. But who has time to drive from store to store to buy them, especially given the city traffic and parking woes?
Enter artizone.com, a new grocery delivery service that allows home cooks to shop from different specialty food shops all on one website. And the items are delivered to your door by the following day.
Founded by busy parents who love to cook, artizone.com is already a hit in Dallas, where city residents shop from more than 20 local vendors and artisanal food producers. With its impressive roster of specialty food shops, Chicago was the natural choice for Artizone.com's second location.
"Chicago is known for its rich artisan food heritage and we're excited to be able to expand the reach of these great specialty food stores to the entire city and beyond," says Josh Harrison, Artizone's director of business operations.
Among the local favorites available on the site are Gepperth's Meat Market, Pasta Puttana, The Great American Cheese Collection, Hagen's Fish Market, Green Grocer Chicago, Hendrickx Belgian Bakery, Katherine Anne Confections and Italian Superior Bakery. More vendors will be added every month.
In addition to online grocery shopping, artizone.com's site will feature easy-to-make recipes from local food experts-who are also parents-using ingredients available from artizone.com's online vendors. See a recipe you like? You can automatically add all the necessary ingredients to your shopping cart.
Artizone.com's website will also include a weekly meal planning tool to streamline the shopping process and suggested pairings for the different vendors' items.
So whether you are dying to try homemade sausages, fresh pasta or a fine aged Gouda, you no longer have to block off an entire afternoon to shop. Just open up your laptop and let artizone.com bring the best of Chicago's food vendors to your door.