[Update: LoganSquarist learned Madison & Rayne co-founder and chef Josh Jones recently moved to Logan Square. He’s having a great time exploring the neighborhood eateries.]
Madison & Rayne (@MadisonandRayne 1658 N. Milwaukee Ave.), a prepared food delivery service, aims to help amateur cooks create tasty and complex meals at home. Order from a selection of “seasonal,” “always” and “extras” by Saturday at 5 pm and the fully prepped ingredients and recipes will be delivered to your home in Logan Square on Tuesday between 1 – 4 pm or 6 – 9 pm.
Madison & Rayne customers who don’t have time for grocery shopping often use the service as an alternative to takeout. The half hour typically spent waiting for delivery is instead spent cooking using the pre-measured, prepped ingredients via the easy-to-follow instructions.
The available meals change to take advantage of local and in-season produce, which means there’s always something new to try.
The delivery service just launched a summer grilling menu for neighbors wanting to take advantage of the warm weather. Menu selections are made on Wednesday to be delivered Friday.
Madison & Rayne ingredients and recipes are delivered in an insulated reusable tote with ice packs to keep everything at a safe temperature for up to four hours. Additionally, the ingredients are packed in reusable and recyclable containers that can be returned along with the tote bag at the next delivery.
Customers Weigh In
JC J, Logan Square Madison & Rayne customer, says he uses the service for three reasons: “Speed, simplicity, and variety. Since everything comes pre-portioned, chopped, and marinated…all the time that would have been spent making a mise en place is instead spent cooking.”
“I like the convenience of having dinner already figured out for me and then meals already prepped,” says Logan Square resident Laura Stein. “I have two small children and dinnertime is hectic in my house. I cannot stand having to come up with what to make at night. Love having new recipes to try without having to think about it.”
Both J and Stein use the service when they can share the food with their respective spouses, roughly every couple of weeks.
Not a Luxury
Madison & Rayne meals are $14 to $16 per generous portion. Less expensive vegetarian options are available for many of the dishes.
“I certainly had a preconceived notion that these services were luxury items. After a few weeks of using Madison & Rayne it became obvious that we were spending at least as much at Whole Foods,” says J. “Things are usually portioned for four or more, and saves a ton of time.”
First time customers are invited to use coupon code LOGAN30 to receive a $30 discount on the service. The code is valid through the end of July.