Gourmet, the easy way

Thanks to Dan Close and DC Food Concepts, a delicious 'home-cooked' meal is only one pot away

Photo by Clayton Perry Photography, Courtesy of Dan Close

Too busy to cook? Do you always end up grabbing a sandwich, or worse, fast food because it seems you never have enough time to make yourself something healthy? Ever come home and wish dinner would somehow magically appear on your dining room table?

Well now thanks to Dan Close and DC Food Concepts, it can.

Just how, you ask? The answer lies in DC Food Concept's line of gourmet ready-to-eat, boil in the bag meals, which boast delicious meal solutions minus the preparation time and the dishes.

With entrees such as Braised Beef, West Coast Chowder and Tuscan Chicken Stew as well as an assortment of starches and vegetables, there is something for everyone. All you have to do is boil water and cook each item in its individual package for around thirty minutes, then voilá, dinner is served.

After trying the food for myself, I was amazed at the simplicity of the preparation and even more amazed at the painstaking detail Close has taken to ensure customer ease.

The most convenient part was that I could cook Wild Rice Salad, Grilled Salmon with Charred Lemon and Roasted Organic Beets with Walnut Vinagrette all together in one large pot (each item remained in its individual plastic packaging) and the entire meal was ready at the same time.

Lacking any culinary skill whatsoever, this mealtime miracle was solely the result of Close's hard work, a Certified Red Seal Chef and the mastermind behind DC Food Concepts.

As a father of two young children, a busy chef, triathlete and now a business owner, Close knows first hand how hard it can be to find the time to cook.

In response to an often very hectic work, athletic, and family schedule, Close came up with this easy and innovative line of gourmet dishes to solve his own dinner dilemma: wanting to cook nutritious meals for his family, but having limited time to do so.

He also created the business in hopes that other busy Vancouverites benefit from his service, which includes door-to-door delivery of the frozen, pre-prepared gourmet creations.

“When I set out to develop this company, I knew I had to create very convenient, great tasting meals that required little or no cooking. The whole point is that people are so busy living their lives that they don’t have the time left to eat great healthy meals,” he explained.

As for the inspiration behind DC Food Concept's menu, Close again mentioned his own life and his family as the cornerstone of his culinary creativity.

“I really create food that my family and I enjoy eating. I think my athletic background and being a father has significantly shaped how and what I cook. I don’t use a lot of cream and butter in my food but prefer to use olive oil, citrus zest and fresh herbs,” he said.

Keeping his dishes as healthy and as sustainable as possible, Close also goes out of his way to use locally grown ingredients working with an organic wholesaler and buying directly from farms in and around the Lower Mainland.

Don't let the cabbage head fool you, Dan Close is the mastermind behind DC Food Concepts.

In terms of what Close recommends from his rapidly expanding menu, it is all about the slow-cooked dishes.

“The braised dishes such as the Morrocan Tagine, Chowder, Thai Curry and Beef Short Ribs are all about convenience,” he replied. “ I mean, when was the last time you spent six hours braising short ribs?!”

With the food available for purchase online, free delivery over $150 (before tax) and entrées ranging in price from $10-13, not only is Close's service convenient, but affordable too.

Also, with new desserts in development, as well as some summer vegetarian dishes, there is only going to be more to look forward to from DC Concepts in the months ahead.

To sum up why you should give DC Concepts a try, I think Close said it best, “I really feel we are offering a premium quality, great tasting product, that is so convenient and easy to prepare. At the end of the day, people seem to have less and less time to do what they want. Enjoying quality healthy meals for themselves and for their families is top of their list, as it should be."

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