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Dinner in With Dixie Delights: I Love Instead of Flowers

Just after Christmas and before we rang in 2023, a sweet friend offered us a meal delivered from Instead of Flowers. It was absolutely wonderful and one of the biggest treats of the season!

We decided to use our special delivery for a gourmet meal and game night! I set the table earlier in the day, which was a fun little activity to do knowing I didn’t have to cook. 🙂

 

We were able to choose the meals we wanted and set up courier delivery right to our front door on the day of our choice. I got a text saying our meal had arrived and rushed out to find this fun sight! Inside and carefully packed was our meal for four. Each meal contains a salad, bread, entree with sides and dessert.

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Meal Delivered

Quick heat and eat instructions were provided. I loved that everything was prepared quickly and I was able to do it all at the same oven temp. While our main course heated, I plated and served the salad. We chose the Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing and it was absolutely delicious! There was a little dressing left and I enjoyed on my lunch salad the next day.

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Featured Salad

Each entree is portioned to serve two and there are so many to choose from! After pouring through the site, we all decided on the 6 oz. Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce. We loved the sides suggested with this meal – Potatoes Au Gratin and Steamed Asparagus – but you do have the ability to swap out for something else. Everything was absolutely delicious! I had enough left for my lunch the next day too!

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Meal Served

For dessert, we did one with Butterscotch Bars and one with Cheesecake Squares. Both were tasty, but I’m still thinking about the butterscotch bars!

As for the rest of our evening, we played our new game – Sequence – late into the night!

 

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Dessert

I cannot recommend Instead of Flowers enough. The entire process was flawless and it was a huge treat to enjoy this type of meal at home without lifting much of a finger. I will definitely be using them when I need to deliver a meal to someone and I think Honey and I would have been huge fans back with the boys were tiny and at-home date nights were the main way we connected and celebrated!

On top of all that, Instead of Flowers is a small Atlanta-based business!
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Valentine Plans for Everyone!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we have you covered! Whether it is a romantic date night in, Galantine get-together or you want to send something special to someone who may be having a hard time this time of year, our meals are made to matter to the person who receives them!

Galantine’s Dinner

Gather the girls for a delicious dinner at your home this year! Our full coursed, gourmet dinners can be curated for your favorite friends. Here are a few of our favorites for the girls!

1. Vegan Crab Cakes

Instead of Flowers - Vegan Crab Cakes

Handmade vegan crab cakes made with artichokes, hearts of palm & nori with a coconut lemon caper sauce. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Couscous
  • Fresh Steamed Asparagus with Vegan Herb Butter
  • Vegan Dinner Rolls
  • Mandarin Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

2. Shrimp and Grits

Instead of Flowers - Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and stone-ground cheese grits with southern gravy. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Sauteed Haricots Verts with Grape Tomatoes
  • Garden Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Rocky Road Brownies

3. NEW! Blackened Salmon

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Blackened Salmon with mango chutney. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Spinach Salad
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Cheesecake Squares

4. Mango Chicken

Instead of Flowers - Mango Chicken

Sautéed chicken medallions served with a mango chutney over a bed of yellow rice. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Steamed Broccoli with Herb Butter
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

Each delicious dinner comes with bread (gluten free available) and a salad to start. We love the spinach salad with bacon vinaigrette or choose a traditional Caesar salad.

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After the final course, you and the girls will have to satisfy that sweet tooth with one of our delightful desserts! We love the Carmel Apple bars, Lemon Cheesecake and Rocky Road brownies. Can’t decide? Try the assorted desserts option for a little bit of everything!

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Once you have the menu planned, choose the perfect place setting to really impress your guests. Saving time from being in the kitchen will give you a little extra time to plan your theme. We love a favorite things party or even pajamas and prosecco!

Date Night In

Skip the crowds this year and order a decadent dinner in for your Valentine! Our menu has something for everyone – from seafood and steak to Asian and Italian – the choices are endless. Save time cooking and cleaning up this year and give your loved one quality time around the table – stress and worry-free.

Here are a few of our favorites for a Valentine Dinner in!

Steak and Lobster

Instead of Flowers - Steak and Lobster

Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce & Lobster Tail. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
  • Twice Baked Potatoes (contains bacon)
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

Beef Brisket

Instead of Flowers - Beef-Brisket

Slow smoked barbecue beef brisket, served with our own sweet, tangy Georgia peach barbecue sauce. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Sauteed haricots verts with grape tomatoes
  • Mashed red skinned potatoes
  • French bread rolls
  • Caramel Apple bars

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce

Instead of Flowers - Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce

Roasted pork tenderloin with bordelaise sauce. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Spinach Salad with a Warm Bacon Dressing
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

Valentine’s Day Can be Hard

Valentines can also be a hard time for some. Maybe you have a loved one who is far away, or someone you care about recently lost someone they love. Send a meal that will matter and make someone’s day a little brighter. At Instead of Flowers, we want to help you send a little kindness from our kitchen. Send a little love and comfort with these favorites.

Meat-Filled Lasagna

Instead of Flowers - Meat Filled Lasagna

Layers of fresh pasta, cheese, marinara, ground beef and Italian sausage. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Caesar Salad
  • Sauteed Zucchini & Squash
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Cheesecake Squares

Chicken Florentine

Instead of Flowers - Chicken Florentine

Chicken & spinach casserole topped with herbed breadcrumbs. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Fresh green beans with herb butter
  • French bread rolls
  • Rocky road brownies

Asian Chicken Stir-Fry

Instead of Flowers - Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Asian chicken stir-fry with teriyaki glaze. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Brown Rice
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

No matter what your plans are this year – do something kind for someone in your life with a meal made from the heart! Whether it’s hosting the girls for galantine’s dinner, a romantic date night in or a kind gesture for someone who may be struggling this time of year, let us do the cooking – it’s the thought that counts!

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Holiday Hosting

Decadent dinner parties await with our full course, gourmet meals delivered to your door. Hosting for the holidays? Leave the cooking to us this season and host friends and family stress free! From an intimate holiday dinner with the one you love on New Year’s, to larger family gatherings for Christmas or Hannukah, let our chefs curate the menu for your next dinner party so you can enjoy time with the special people in your life.

How it works

Ordering a gourmet dinner for 2 or 20 has never been easier! Our meal packages are designed for a custom dining experience for all your guests. Choose the menu based on diet restrictions, price, or personal preference. From start to finish, our full course meals are made to create a culinary experience for you and your guests. Start your dinner with our fresh baked French bread rolls and your favorite salad before your main course, complete with the perfect sides. Want to get extra fancy? Try our NEW Lobster tail add-on! Our portions are hearty, so make sure you leave room for the final course – a delicious dessert. May we suggest the rocky road brownies?

Once you have chosen the perfect menu, order easily online and choose your delivery date. Our meals will arrive ready to heat and serve in temperature-controlled bag with easy-to-follow instructions. No more messy kitchens or long grocery lists. Let us do the cooking this year!

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Dinners

Holiday Dinners

Gather round the table for fancy food and fellowship this holiday season. Hosting for the holidays has never been easier with our heat and serve full coursed dinners. Looking for some inspiration on how to host for the holidays? From Hannukah to Christmas, these delightful dishes and tablescapes will have you ready to host something – stress-free!

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – New Years Date Night

New Year’s Date Night In

Dazzle your date with a New Year’s Dinner at home this year! Our filet and lobster dinner is the perfect way to celebrate a New Year with the one you love in the comfort of your own home. Set the scene for a romantic date night for two or host your favorite couples. Grab a bottle of champagne to toast and leave the rest to our chefs – hosting for the holidays has never been easier! Not able to be with your parents or loved ones? Send them a special gift to be with them in spirit and ring in the new year with a smile.

Something for Everyone

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Something for everyone

From gluten-free and vegan to kids’ meals, we have something for all your guests this holiday season and beyond. Our chef curated menu can create a decadent dining experience with filet and lobster or create a more casual dining affair with our chicken Florentine, homemade lasagna, or stir-fry. Whether fancy or casual, each full course meal includes rolls (gluten free available), salad, side, entrée, and a delicious dessert (gluten free choices available). From start to finish, our gourmet meals are the perfect way to host for the holidays – stress free. Enjoy the extra time with loved ones, family and friends and delegate the dinner to us! It also makes a great gift for those special people who you won’t be with in person.

Need some help choosing the menu? No problem! Our gourmet menu has something for every taste, diet, and budget. Here are a few of our fan favorites to get you started!

Standard Meal: Fan Favorite – Homemade Meatloaf

Our homemade meatloaf is made with ground pork, veal, and beef and served with your choice of marinara sauce or mushroom glace.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Steamed Broccoli with Herb Butter
  • Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes
  • French Bread Rolls (gluten free available)
  • Rocky Road Brownies (gluten free available)

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite - Beef Bourguignon

Deluxe Meal: Fan Favorite – Beef Bourguignon

Our braised teres major is served with onion, mushrooms, and carrots in burgundy bordelaise sauce.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Garden Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Fresh Green Beans with Herb Butter
  • Egg Noodles
  • French Bread Rolls (gluten free available)
  • Butterscotch Bars

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite - Beef Brisket

Premier Meal: Fan Favorite – Beef Brisket

Our slow smoked barbecue beef brisket is served with our very own sweet, tangy Georgia peach barbecue sauce.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Sauteed haricots verts with grape tomatoes
  • Mashed red skinned potatoes
  • French bread rolls (gluten free available)
  • Caramel Apple bars

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite - Asian Tofu Stir-Fry

Vegetarian Meal: Fan Favorite – Asian Tofu Stir-Fry

Our Asian vegetable stir-fry with tofu is served with our house made teriyaki glaze.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Brown Rice
  • French Bread Rolls (gluten free available)
  • Butterscotch Bars

Gluten Free Meal: Fan Favorite – Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce – Gluten-Free

Our roasted pork tenderloin is served with our homemade bordelaise sauce.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Spinach salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Sesame Snow Peas
  • Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes
  • Gluten-Free French Bread Rolls
  • Gluten-Free Brownies

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite – Chicken Fingers

Kids Meals: Fan Favorite – Chicken Fingers

We can’t forget about the kids! From chicken fingers and butter noodles to meatloaf and shrimp – we have something for even the smallest guests!

When is your next dinner party? We hope you will let us do the cooking!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Give the Gift of Gourmet

As the holidays approach, it is time to start thinking about the loved ones on your list. At Instead of Flowers, we know nothing says you care, quite like a meal made from the heart. This year, give the gift that always fits – a gourmet, full course meal. We promise, it will be a gift that matters.

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For Him:

Calling all steak lovers! Our 6 oz filet is for you! Treat your fella with our Premier steak dinner paired with our favorite twice baked potato, salad, and asparagus or perhaps he would prefer the au gratin potatoes and French green beans. No matter his tastebuds, the options are endless and sure to be a hit!

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For Her:

Looking for an experience for that special someone in your life? How about a romantic date night in with a delicious dinner delivered to your doorstep? She will thank you for a clean kitchen, quality time and a custom gourmet meal with all her favorite foods.

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For the Family:

Want to give the gift of time around the table for a family you love? We offer something for everyone, including the kids! Our recipient’s choice option allows your loved one to build their own menu – from lasagna to lobster and everything in between, we have a meal for one and all.

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For the Grandparents:

Send the grandparents a meal full of comfort to show you care. From hearty beef bourguignon to traditional meatloaf – there are so many cold weather options to send to family members both near and far.

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For the Teacher:

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite teacher? An Instead of Flowers gift card is the perfect treat for that extra-special educator. Allow your teacher to enjoy the holidays at home this year, with a meaningful meal delivered straight to their door!

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For the Client or Employee:

Corporate gifting can be so hard. Why not send something that will warm the hearts and fill the bellies of your favorite clients and employees this holiday season. Your recipient will surely enjoy a chef prepared meal during the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

More people on the list? Our meals are made for anyone and any occasion – there is always a reason to do something kind for someone. In the craziness of the holidays and the jam-packed schedule – give the gift of time around the table to everyone on your list this year – we promise, it will make their day just a little bit better!

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Fall in Love With Pretty Porch Dinner Dates

Our Tips for the Perfect Porch Meal

Fall is here and that means, crisp autumn weather and pretty porch dinners. Here are tips for creating the perfect porch date night!

1. Menu musts:

Date nights at home can be just as fancy and fun as dinner out at the finest restaurant. Our three-course menus offer a culinary experience in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy an evening with someone special at home and let us do the cooking. Take a peek at our perfect porch date night menu.

Instead of Flowers Meal Gifts - Fall in Love With Pretty Porch Dinner Dates

2. Set the scene:

Create a pretty place to dine to make you feel like you are somewhere special. We love the idea of taking a tray and adding a placemat for a to-go dinning experience. Trays allow you to dine on that comfy outdoor couch by the outdoor fire or even picnic style. Prefer a table? Just add some table linens and candlelight for that extra special touch.

Instead of Flowers Meal Gifts - Fall in Love With Pretty Porch Dinner Dates

3. Sunset view:

Our easy to prepare meals allow you to time your meal just right. Simply follow the heating instructions on your dish and you are ready to enjoy both the meal and the sunset!

4. Who needs a sitter:

The best part of a date night in for a family, no sitter is needed. Did you know we also offer a children’s menu? Our items are kid tested and approved! From chicken fingers to butter noodles, keep the kids fed and happy with a delicious dinner you don’t have to cook!

We hope you enjoyed these porch dinner tips – what’s your favorite date night in tip?

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When life gives you lemons… send a meal!

Making the most of the tough times with a meal that matters

Sending sympathy is never easy. At Instead of Flowers, we love celebrating the good times, but also understand the importance of being there for people during the hard times. Our promise is that each meal will truly matter to the person who receives it. Send a little kindness from our kitchen.

Meals that Matter:

From the loss of a loved one to the loss of a job, delivering dinner answers the question, “what can I do to help?” A long-standing tradition, who doesn’t remember their mother carefully cooking a casserole for a sick friend or delivering a meal to send sympathy for a loss? Food has always provided comfort and care.

 

Something for Everyone:

Our menu is made to carefully curate the perfect dinner for the ones you love. From lasagna to lobster and everything in between – our menu has something for everyone. We offer vegetarian and gluten free options as well as kid menus to cover families both big and small.

 

Make it Personal:

Whether you make the menu or leave the choices up to your recipient, each dinner is made to matter. Personalize each meal with a sweet sentiment and leave the rest to us!

 

How it works:

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Why Should You Order from a Gourmet Meal Delivery Service?

It seems like every time you turn on the news or open the Facebook app, there’s another announcement about a beloved local restaurant closing its doors. Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, cafés, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, specialty food stores–no business is safe in the time of COVID-19. With rapidly dropping sales, difficulty in obtaining ingredients, and increasing rent prices, many businesses have no choice but to shut down permanently. The ones that stay open find themselves frantically trying to drive up sales, wondering if their turn will be next. Delivery and take-out can sustain a business temporarily, but will it keep them alive for the next several months? Why Should You Order from a Gourmet Meal Delivery Service?

While our business has done well thus far, we have no idea what the future holds. We have been dealing with challenging food chain issues, such as food shortages, increasing prices, and delayed shipments. As the food chain starts to break down, prices go up, ingredients become scarce, and customers go back to the chain grocery stores. When you order one of our gourmet meal kits, you are not just buying a gift for yourself–you are helping our business weather this storm.

1. You’ll Be Helping a Local Business

It is easy to grab some food from the local chain grocery store, but they are not the ones suffering. If anything, they have seen an increase in sales from people buying large quantities of canned food, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. Meanwhile, local businesses are draining profits, cashing out their life savings to pay rent, and wondering if they will have to make the difficult decision to close their doors altogether.

2. You’ll Be Treating Yourself (Or Someone Else)

In these unprecedented times, everyone needs to take time to relax and de-stress. But when you’ve got dishes in the sink, piles of laundry in the basket, and a hungry family to feed, it’s hard to find time for yourself. Why not let us do the cooking? Simply place an order on our website and we will ship out a delicious gourmet meal that requires little effort on your part. No stress, no cooking, no shopping for ingredients. You’ll enjoy a restaurant-quality meal at home that allows you to take your mind off your worries for a while.

3. You Won’t Have to Worry About Food Safety

If you’re a consumer, you’re probably justifiably concerned about food safety. You miss going out to restaurants, but how do you know that the food wasn’t contaminated? Even going to the grocery store can give you anxiety, as you have no idea who has touched the produce. Occasionally you will hear a news story about a restaurant that shut down because one of the employees contracted COVID-19. Think about all the customers they could’ve potentially infected!

4. You Can Enjoy Restaurant-Quality Food Without Leaving the House

You’ve tried mixing it up with new recipes and different ingredients, but you’re starting to get tired of cooking at home every night. You have made a few trips to the local fast food restaurant, but you cannot help but worry that you will end up infected, even when you go through the drive thru. Wouldn’t it be easier to just have the food delivered right to your house?

5. You Can Try New Dishes and Expand Your Palate

Sick of having pizza and hamburgers every night? Maybe it’s time to expand your horizons a little. When you order one of our gourmet meals, you’ll get a meal that was designed and prepared by one of the top chefs in the industry. You will be able to try new foods and ingredients that you have never tasted, and you might even surprise yourself. Who knew that these rare ingredients were so delicious?

6. You’ll Save Money on Groceries When You Order From a Gourmet Meal Delivery Service

Buying groceries during a pandemic isn’t just risky–it’s also expensive. The prices of basic ingredients have skyrocketed due to food shortages and high levels of demand. When you shop with us, you’ll skip the grocery store altogether. You will save money on groceries by paying only for food that you are going to eat, not bulk ingredients that sit in your fridge for weeks until you finally throw them out. And no more wasting gas money by driving back and forth to the store because you forgot a couple of ingredients. Your package in the mail has everything you need for a hearty, home-cooked dinner that will not break your budget.

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Why Choose Instead of Flowers for Your Next Gourmet Meal Delivery?

For both business owners and consumers, it has never been more important to support your locally owned businesses. We have been in this business for over twenty-one years, and while we’ve weathered some tough times, we’ve never seen anything quite like this. Our customers have helped us stay afloat, but supplies are getting harder and more expensive to obtain. When this pandemic is over, we want to be able to welcome our customers and thank them for supporting us during COVID. If you or a friend or family member needs some cheering up, here is why you should order one of our three-course gourmet meals.

Our gourmet meals are also a great gift for special occasions. Birthdays, graduations, new babies, weddings, engagements–whatever the occasion, everyone loves celebrating with food. And when you give someone the gift of a gourmet meal, you are not just giving them delicious food–you are also giving them time. The time that would have been spent cooking and shopping can be spent on more important things, like getting ready for college or spending time with the new baby.

And make no mistake: this is not a frozen dinner that you will reheat in the microwave. When you place an order, you will receive a three-course gourmet meal that was hand-prepared by an expert chef. Each course is fully cooked and ready to eat; all you need to do is heat it up according to the instructions. Our meals are made from fresh (not frozen) ingredients. We did all the work for you–all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

When you shop with us, you can rest assured that we’ve taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our products. We use safe, sterilized equipment and keep contact with the food–and each other–as minimal as possible. We enforce strict handwashing and sanitation procedures, and our employees are regularly monitored for any sign of the virus. We know that the safety of you and your family is paramount, and we are committed to delivering a safe, healthy, and hygienic product.

When you order from us, you will not have to drive anywhere. You won’t even have to leave your doorstep, except to collect the delivery. You can order, pay, and pick up your food from the comfort of your own house. No more driving into town and risking contaminating yourself–or worse, your entire family. You’ll have everything you need to enjoy a hot, delicious meal right in your own kitchen.

When you order from us, you will not have to drive anywhere. You won’t even have to leave your doorstep, except to collect the delivery. You can order, pay, and pick up your food from the comfort of your own house. No more driving into town and risking contaminating yourself–or worse, your entire family. You’ll have everything you need to enjoy a hot, delicious meal right in your own kitchen.

You will also know that you are paying for a top-quality product. While we’ve been dealing with challenging food chain issues, our commitment to quality hasn’t changed. Our meals are made from fresh, natural ingredients that come directly from the source, not processed foods full of preservatives. If we have trouble finding a certain ingredient, we locate another supplier that offers the same level of quality–or better. And if we do not think it is possible to prepare a dish with the finest ingredients possible, we scrap the dish and move on to another recipe altogether.

Sound good? Browse our selection of meals today and see how we can make your life a little easier during COVID. Each meal arrives fully cooked and ready to eat; just heat it up according to the instructions, and you’ve got a full three-course dinner on the table. And we ship nationwide to anywhere in the United States!