If there’s one thing the pandemic taught us, it’s that not everyone is a master in the kitchen (myself included). While there are many dishes we can deem as “microwave friendly,” frankly, steak isn’t one of them. That’s where The Finishing Gourmet comes to the rescue.
All images courtesy of The Finishing Gourmet. Iceberg wedge salad, dry-aged cowboy ribeye (above).
Conceived by entrepreneur Paul Abramowitz and former Four Seasons chef Robert Sulatycky — a coach for the world chef championship Bocuse d’Or — The Finishing Gourmet literally brings the steakhouse experience to your front door. The meal comes complete with premium ingredients and seasonings as well as an impressive menu of sides and desserts like scalloped russet potatoes, creamed spinach, jumbo shrimp cocktail, mac and cheese with black truffles, lobster tail, and crème brûlée (with its own adorable flame torch). It's perfect for date night.
Double chicken breast; hand-rolled ricotta tortellini mac and cheese.
The Finishing Gourmet is truly a virtual steakhouse, and while it’s currently only open in Los Angeles (where local delivery keeps stuff fresh), there are plans to expand nationwide in 2021. Trust me when I say it’s worth it. The company only delivers USDA Prime Dry-Aged Tama Iowa Beef and Snake River Farms American Wagyu, already seasoned and cooked to perfection.
I have to say I was quite skeptical at first. As a Texas-native, I’m a bit picky when it comes to steak. The Finishing Gourmet made it simple right from the beginning.
Cream cheesecake, jazz apple gelee; pavlova.
First, you make a reservation at TheFinishingGourmet.com by choosing your date and time for delivery (keep in mind, delivery fees will be charged). Then after you select your items, a punctual (masked) delivery person shows up at your door and hands you a hefty bag that’s neatly organized and kindly placed.
When you open the box, there are specific instructions on how to prepare each item. As someone who’s not exactly a pro in the kitchen, I appreciated the details. Plus, it has everything you need — including my favorite keepsakes: glass jars that are easily reusable for any occasion.
Sophisticated packaging with reusable glass containers nice enough to serve in.
I recommend reading all of the instructions before diving into the kitchen. That way you’ll have a clearer sense of where things need to be (and how). Plus, given the seamless process, it gives you the confidence you need to make you feel like a four-star chef, which will really impress your company.
Available for delivery or pickup (in Hollywood), The Finishing Gourmet is one of the most convenient ways to indulge with a state-of-the-art steak dinner while also ensuring the health and safety of those around you by choosing not to dine out. The meal does not come cheap; a la carte is about $100-$150 per person, although there are special packages throughout the year (the Valentine's Day special this year was very popular).
From start to finish, I managed to serve a three-course meal in only 20 minutes, And believe me, there was plenty of more food to snack on the next day — and we had all the tools needed to make it taste fresh from the grill. I think it's safe to say, I will be ordering in again.