• the madeleine bistro box: vegan haute cuisine delivered to your door

    May 6th, 2010quarrygirlLA restaurants, madeleine bistro

    what’s the difference between us, and people like ellen degeneres? well, ellen and other famous herbivores of the like can afford to have the top vegan chefs in the country prepare them fine meals throughout the week that they will never tire of—they don’t have to worry about cooking or grabbing something to-go for dinner every night.

    but now thanks to madeleine bistro, us normal folks can have the same privilege. for a reasonable price, los angeles residents can enjoy several days worth of entrees, sides, soups, and treats all made by dave anderson, one of the best vegan chefs on the planet. that’s right, the playing field has been leveled between us and ellen. unfortunately, we still have to do our own dishes.

    we were lucky enough to be some of the first ones to test the new box concept by madeleine bistro, and here’s a look at what came in our package…

    3 containers of each of the following entrees:
    tofu and vegetable pot pie
    chickpea and cauliflower tagine
    grilled lemon-rosemary seitan

    4 containers of soup:
    celery root-leek carrot

    2 containers of each of the following sides:
    rice pasta salad with lemon-rosemary vinaigrette
    morrocan quinoa
    cauliflower puree
    green vegetable and garlic sauté
    roasted root vegetables

    and also a batch of treats:
    low-fat butternut squash cookies with dried cranberries and walnuts

    it also came with detailed heating instructions and very helpful and creative serving suggestions. for example, “Make a stew by dicing up a few pieces of seitan and stirring it into 1/4th of the celery-root,” or “If you don’t have time or the desire to apply heat, make a dinner salad by tossing pasta salad, green vegetables, a few pieces of diced seitan and lemon-rosemary vinaigrette to taste.”

    overall we loved the box. everything was delicious, fresh, well-prepared, and seasonal. we enjoyed it in the winter time, which is why you’ll notice a lot of root vegetables and hearty dishes like seitan and pot pie. we received it on a sunday and it ended up lasting until the following monday. we both had it for dinner 4 nights, plus each had it for lunch a couple days throughout the week, and then had some dishes as appetizers on other nights. here is what we thought of each dish…

    grilled lemon-rosemary seitan

    the grilled lemon-rosemary seitan was awesome. we both agreed it was some of the best seitan we’d ever had—slightly tender and chewy with just the right amount of flavor. i could eat it every night of the week.

    green vegetable and garlic sautee

    the green vegetable and garlic sautee was excellent and came with a large amounts of sprouts and leafy greens. it was a simple dish, extremely light but quite delicious. we ate this up right away and it was one of the first things gone.

    roasted root vegetables

    the roasted root vegetables were also amazing. a mix of brunoise potatoes, celery root, and butternut squash all lighty seasoned with a touch of olive oil. amazing!

    the cauliflower puree was HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE THING IN THE BOX!!!!

    cauliflower puree

    whoa, this stuff was magical. it was like mashed potatoes but 1,000 times better. i really wish dave would add this to the regular madeleine bistro menu, so i could eat it whenever i want.

    tofu and vegetable pot pie

    the tofu and vegetable pot pie was rich, creamy, and incredibly tasty. one of my favorite things that came in the box, i could eat this all the time. the biscuits that came with it were perfectly soft and fluffy as well.

    rice pasta salad with lemon-rosemary vinaigrette

    the rice pasta salad with lemon rosemary vinaigrette was cool and refreshing, a great contrast to the other stuff in the box. we ran out of vinaigrette after one pasta salad though because we used it on a previous night with a green salad, but the pasta salad was still delicious on its own.

    the chickpea and cauliflower tagine as well as the morrocan quinoa made for tasty lunches throughout the week…

    chickpea and cauliflower tagine with morrocan quinoa

    the chickpea and cauliflower tagine was good, although i enjoyed the entrees better. it was slightly sweet and boasting lots of complex vegetable flavors, and all the protein in it made it quite filling. the morrocan quinoa was pleasant as well, but we had a lot of it left over. this is the only thing in the box we actually didn’t completely finish.

    celery root leek soup

    the celery root-leek soup was great. creamy and luscious, we had it two nights during the week as an appetizer and didn’t get tired of it.

    low-fat butternut squash cookies with dried cranberries and walnuts

    the cookies were damn good, especially for healthy cookies. they made for perfect low-fat treat that i could enjoy without feeling guilty.

    overall, the madeleine bistro box was a HUGE success, and i am so happy to see it’s finally being launched! they are rolling things out slowly, and right now current delivery areas for the box include: burbank, north hollywood, sherman oaks, and beverly hills. they are expanding into additional areas over the next few weeks so please contact the restaurant if you are interested in signing up. as of now, the price is set at $100 per box (a steal!), but could be up to $125 for delivery areas not yet added.

    contact madeleine bistro and sign up for the box NOW, you will not be disappointed. don’t we all deserve to live like vegan celebrities?

    madeleine bistro
    (818) 758-6971

    another great way to reach them is to friend them on facebook and send them a message!


27 responses to “the madeleine bistro box: vegan haute cuisine delivered to your door” RSS icon

  • OK, I count 29 items on your table. That’s an average of $3.44 per item. Imagine you use about 3 per 3-course meal (some of one, some of another, a side or two), that’s about $10 per serving which is amazing value.

    I wonder how long this stuff will keep? Will it freeze? I’d get one of these a month easily and eat it a few times a week. What an awesome idea.

  • How cool is this.

  • WOW that’s a fuckin steal for all that food. i may have to try this out!

  • I had hoped the delivery was going to include regular menu items. Disappointed.

  • This place is insane. I love it. I think i’ll got here this weekend.

  • madeleine bistro

    The menu changes weekly and sometimes includes items from our regular menu. More will be added as we continue with this service and we are open to requests if you have them!

  • How much does a box feed? I mean, is it meant for two people or one?

  • miss anthrope

    ours fed 2 of us!

  • Wow! I can’t believe the price!!! I would be all over this except…I am trying to watch my weight and I think most of this stuff is probably pretty caloric. I wonder if they would release calorie/fat info at any point (I realize that is a huge undertaking but it would be very helpful–hint hint Madeleine Bistro if you are listening 🙂 )

  • DAMN, I wish I was in LA to do this!

  • @Yo Soy I agree. I was surprised by the low fat cookie at the end, I’d like to understand how a cookie with nuts in it is low fat 🙂

    @Madelines Bistro. We’ve emailed you a bunch seeing if you could prepare a low fat oil free starch based vegan meal, the kind recommended by Dr. McDougall, The China Study’s Dr. Campbell Dr & Rip Esselstyn, The Cancer Project, PCRM & Neal Barnard, etc. We know you’re busy but every other restaurant in town will do it for us!!!

  • I am so excited about this!

  • nom nom

  • This is seriously food porn!

    Madeleine Bistro is my favorite restaurant ev-ah!


  • omg. so hungry!!! and your soup bowl is so rad! 🙂

  • Where did you get that awesome skull bowl? I have been looking to buy Skull and crossbones dinnerware.

  • This is the best news since the invention of the ipod.


  • How does the amount of food compare to Vegin’ Out? I would love to order if it is at least comparable.

  • Vegin’ Out food can’t compare!

  • Actually I think you get more food with Vegin’ Out and their package has more variety. Those cookies sure look delish though!

  • Dave Anderson is the best vegan chef ever! I am so excited about this very reasonable and delicious looking food delivery program.

  • The dinnerware is from Z-gallerie-two seasons ago. Long gone. Last time I checked, they only had coasters and napkins left.

  • Thank YOu for posting this helpful site about “the madeleine bistro box: vegan haute cuisine delivered to your door”. I like it. just keep on posting. 🙂

  • when i get lazy cooking, i just order from food delivery services.:`.

  • i am a regular customer of food delivery services and i find them very convenient.**

  • do you deliver nationwide? my son and daughter-in-law live in georgia. they would love your food.

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