What is ONCE a Week?
ONCE a Week is like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share style distribution of cooked food, prepared in one day by a team of chefs, from locally grown ingredients, to be picked up or delivered to you to support your meal needs throughout the week. It makes a great alternative to dining on take out a few times a week, and is an excellent solution for new parents, busy professionals and slammed students. Regular members have reported that they feel better and even lose unwanted weight when eating our food.
How can I sign up?
Please click here to use our online ordering system. Alternately, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and contact phone and email, and we will contact you to make payment and delivery arrangements.
Where do you cook?
Our kitchen is located at 156 Highland Avenue. Cuisine en Locale is a licensed caterer and our chefs hold managerial level ServSafe Certification. We carry the insurances and licenses required to cook food and sell it – personal chef to you.
Who is actually cooking my food?
ONCE a Week started with just JJ cooking in 2005, but now there is a solid team of creative professional cooks who cook together regularly, ONCE a week, just for this program. The members remain fairly consistent, and on any given week we are made up of a couple of very experienced chefs, accompanied by a few excellent pairs of prep hands.
What does one share look like?
A share is packed in one bright green, thermal, grocery store sized bag, and contains at minimum 8-10 containers, including pints, quarts and trays. Each item is labeled and the name corresponds to the information about the dish on the menu, which is printed and enclosed, and later posted on our The average share weighs in at 8.5 lbs.
But how much food is that?
We have found one share to be enough food for ten average sized meals when used with fresh salad, rice, vegetables etc… That could mean a lot of lunches and a few dinners, or vice versa, for one person. Or it could mean 2 meals for a family, or a pot luck dinner party for eight! It is up to you to use the food however it works best for you.
Is all the food savory?
Most of the food is savory, but we do include the occasional baked item, when it makes sense to us, just to mix it up. Since we use honey and maple to sweeten food, it is never as sweet as a typical dessert.
Where can I find next week’s menu?
The neat thing about what we do is that it’s incredibly fresh. We get food directly from local farmers the weekend before we cook. Our chefs brainstorm during the weekend, but the menu doesn’t even exist until the morning we fire up the stove. It’s finalized and sent out only after the cooking is complete. You can view previous menus here »
Why can’t you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Our price point is startlingly low for locavore fare specifically because we cook all the food together. If we start to break shares apart we run into problems. We hope you will share with friends if a dish does not suit your tastes one week.
It seems like a lot of work, why do you do this?
We believe that healthy food should be an easy thing to find, ready for you when you want it, and that it should not be exclusively people with the time or inclination to cook who can eat fresh, local food, that isn’t full of preservatives, fats and salts. We hope that you enjoy the Shared Food Program in the eating, as much as we do in the cooking. If it isn’t fun, it’s not worth doing, and we find it very, very fun indeed!
Can you explain the pricing?
- We sell individual shares for $155 a week, with Metro Pedal Power bike delivery available within Cambridge and Somerville and many parts of Boston, and car delivery for other locations.
- If you are going to order four shares, we recommend signing up for a ‘month’, for $600.
- Delivery is $20. There is a $2/mile surcharge for locations more than 10 miles from our kitchen. Please contact us for details.
- Our packaging is reusable, and it is BPA free.
When and Where do you deliver to?
- We deliver to Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and within an 8 mile radius around the city.
- Home deliveries arrive between 11am and 6pm on Fridays.
- You can pick up from our kitchen at 156 Highland Ave in Somerville from 10am-12pm and 6pm-8pm on Fridays.
- If you cannot make either of these times, we may still be able to accommodate you, but you’ll have to give us a call at 617-285-0167 to schedule something with us.
What if I’m not home?
If you won’t be around to receive your home delivery, you can leave out a medium-sized cooler with ice packs in a designated area for us to leave your food.
Alternatively, you can schedule to pick up your share from our kitchen in Somerville (156 Highland Ave).
Where can I see some past menus?
Right here: ONCE a Week Menus »
Can I try it once to see if I like it?
Yes, absolutely. We always offer single shares.