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Dinner At Your Door


MOST FOODIES DREAM OF THE ultimate indulgence—a private chef— but almost none have a bank account that can pay for one. maybe Meals by Margot is the next best thing.

This dinner-delivery service combines complete meals, from hearty stews to the international flavors of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, with the culinary expertise of chef and nutritional consultant Margot Schulman. it’s a portable feast of “whole foods for the whole family.”

Schulman developed her craft working as a line cook from New York to California. With a degree in biology from Columbia University and certification as a Holistic Health Counselor, Schulman began developing dishes that fit a variety of dietary plans: vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, diabetic and macrobiotic.

After having her second child, Schulman moved with her family to the Hudson Valley, where she says, “I wanted to find a way to cook for the local people around me.” Meals by Margo was her solution.

The meal plans range from a $50 dinner that serves four to an $80 dinner that serves eight. Menus are posted on the website every Monday; dinners are delivered in Putnam and Dutchess Counties on Friday from 5 to 7pm. All meals include a vegetarian option and are typically gluten-free.

Because she understands the role diet plays in maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing, Schulman believes a healthful diet begins with fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, wild fish and humanely raised meat. “I cook based on what is available and inspiring,” Schulman says. “I love cooking Thai and Vietnamese. I also like using Middle Eastern flavors; I love that there are so many different flavors—sweet, salty, sour.” One week’s menu features South American cuisine with feta and roasted pepper-stuffed arepas; the next week it’s off to the Mediterranean for chickpea spinach burgers with basil yogurt sauce.

There’s a world of flavors and nutrition out there—and you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Meals by Margo bridges the gap between healthful eating and convenience. Just answer the doorbell.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back this April 8-21!