Looking for delivery options during lockdown? Harvest Bites is OzHarvest's delivery food arm that delivers chef driven meals and market produce straight to your home. Customers can choose from a range of food from collaborations with chef ambassadors at restaurants like Rockpool, Quay, NOMAD, Tetsuya's and Kepos Street Kitchen as well as fruit and vegetable boxes.
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Harvest Bites started in during the 2020 COVID lockdown when all of OzHarvest's corporate engagement and fundraising events, including their flagship CEO CookOff had to be cancelled. Since its inception they've partnered with 50 Ambassador Chefs and delivered food to more than 1,200 customers. Its success allowed OzHarvest to deliver tens of thousands of meals to people in need as each customer's purchase helps OzHarvest deliver 40 meals to those in need.
Harvest Bites meals are available in two sizes: a meal for two is $54 and a meal for four is $100 with $15 delivery. Each week the selection changes on the Harvest Bites website. You just need to order by 2pm each Friday, for delivery the following Wednesday or Friday. This initiative will continue until the end of the year while there is COVID in the community.
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The offerings are home style but restaurant quality meals. Louise Tran, Harvest Bites' spokesperson explains how each menu is designed, "For our Monday meals, we ask our chefs to create a heartwarming menu that they would love to share with their friend and family, that’s easy for customers to reheat at home. We also wanted the meals to be in line with their own business philosophies – whether it’s sourcing sustainable produce, supporting local growers or all-vegan meals – we love that creative element entirely up to them!". They also aim to buy ingredients from local, small-scale food suppliers, growers and producers.
The meal I tried was the Mexican taco meal by OzHarvest's chef Travis Harvey which was inspired by his time living in Mexico. There is a choice of a meat (pork) or vegan option. The pork choice is a free-range Borrowdale Pulled Pork Taco kit that is both gluten free and dairy free and includes a big packet of pork carnitas, La Tortilleria corn tortillas, Frijoles Charros - braised pinto beans with tomato, coriander and jalapeno chilli, a house made salsa verde, arbol chilli sauce, pickled onions and cabbage salad.
It's delicious and full of flavour with easy to follow instructions on how to reheat the pork and how to heat the corn tortillas. The pork is soft and flavoursome while the beans absolutely sing with flavour and are a surprise favourite. I would perhaps have liked some more chillies but that may just be my preference as a chilli fiend. And although it is meant to serve 2 it can easily serve 4 and is a generous amount of food for $60 (plus $15 delivery or free pickup) and is enough for dinner over two nights for the two of us.
So tell me Dear Reader, have you heard of Harvest Bites? Do you usually order enough for a few dinners or do you order just enough for one night?