Today Show: Mealku Food Community
Do you want a new way to get dinner? Are you sick of takeout food and are yearning for some good home cooking but you don’t want to do the cooking yourself? Mealku.com is the website for you. Think of it as a potluck combined with takeout.
Ted D’Cruz-Young founded the website to be a food network. He wanted to bring the food community closer and what better way to do that than with food. He said he is continually seeing more and more college students come to the site so they can find mothers who are willing to make food for them for dinner. He said it is a way to make food organized. And you don’t even have to meet the person making the food. Bike messengers deliver the food to you.
“It isn’t just about a hearty bowl of soup,” D’Cruz-Young said. “It is a community on and offline.”
For one mother on the site, she said it offers her a chance to share with the community, to give (not literally) “whatever spills out of the bowl” to other people.
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For only $10 a month, members can become a part of the community but not without a little kitchen inspection first. It works like this: after you sign up for the website, a Mealku “welcome cook” stops by your house to make sure your kitchen is up to the Mealku standards. They check the cleanliness of the house and the person cooking the food. After the welcome cook has given the okay, the participant can log on to the website where they need to earn Ku Points in order to get food. Points are earned by putting new recipes on the site and by making dishes for other people.
But there is a twist. Mealku offers no photos of the food. People pick the meals they want by the descriptions people write about the food and the stories behind them. One woman said she ordered her meal because the little blurb about the dish said it was made by a woman who got the recipe from her grandmother. She said the dish meant a lot to her because her grandmother would make it every time she did the laundry and she could remember the wafting scents of both smells mixing in the air.
Although Mealku is only in New York City right now, where it has 1,500 members, more and more sites like Mealku are popping up all around America.