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Out of the Box Collective gourmet food delivery

March 16, 2012 |  5:32 pm

Armistead5Wednesday is food shopping day for Shelley and Matthew Armistead, but they don’t have to leave the house. Groceries come to them from farmers and small producers whose products are gathered and delivered by Out of the Box Collective.

On one recent day, the Armisteads’ family plan included salmon and pork, almonds, eggs that were pale blue and brown, three kinds of berries and olive oil. (That's Matthew, chef at Soho House in West Hollywood, unpacking a box as Shelley looks on.)

“We work so many hours, I don’t want to spend my time in Whole Foods when I can be with the kids,” says Shelley, Soho House's general manager. 

Armistead2Jennifer Piette, who lives in Malibu, founded Out of the Box about a year ago. Subscribers get weekly deliveries of produce from the Santa Barbara farmers market, plus other foods from the region, a meal plan and recipes.

A box meant for a couple ($160) would include food for five meals, plus fruit and extras such as eggs and fair-trade chocolate or spices. A family box ($195) is meant for four people. Other combinations cater to vegetarians, people with allergies and those who don’t cook much. (At left, some greens on a cutting board.)

“When you have kids opening this box, they’re getting this food literacy,” Piette says. “They’re seeing a cherimoya. They’re seeing that a peach comes in summer and citrus in winter.”

Delivery areas are listed by ZIP Code.


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-- Mary MacVean

Photos by Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.