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Food app takes big bite: Delivery Express

One year ago, tech entrepreneur Himanshu Sharma wanted to order food for delivery from his regular favourite restaurant via a delivery service app, for a social gathering. However, he was stunned to see there was nearly a 30 percent price mark-up for the delivery compared to in-store menu prices, which left Sharma feeling ripped off.



Then came the idea. Sharma began to develop a platform for those who liked eating food at home, but who didn’t want to pay more than they had to for that luxury. One year later, his tech start-up Delivery Express now has close to 50 restaurants and cafés signed up with meals the same price as in-store. Customers can save up to 30 percent on each order by not paying any hidden delivery charges.

When Sharma went to his first restaurant owner to showcase the advantages of Delivery Express, which he believes is the “next generation of food ordering/delivery ecosystem”, they recognised the idea and the thinking behind it as too good to miss.

Some of the top Korean and Indian restaurants of Christchurch are exclusive with Delivery Express and another top 10-20 are expected to join soon. Delivery Express allows you to place your next order for some of Christchurch’s most delectable delights with no fuss, delivered quickly to your doorstep.

Customers are notified in-app as the order progresses from ‘order confirmed’ to ‘delivered’. Whether you require a home delivery, takeaway, or are simply wanting to book a table, Delivery Express is your new food app of choice.




Plant-based delivery extends reach: Green Dinner Table

Green Dinner Table has now successfully launched into Wellington, taking the Christchurch home delivery business to a whole new level.




The company sources fresh, locally sourced, plant-based ingredients, packages them up with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes, and delivers to their clients’ homes every Sunday, ready for the week ahead.

Already the concept is taking off in the nation’s capital, with residents raving about their Mexican-loaded Nacho Wedges, Gado-Gado with Canterbury Quinoa and Fermented Chilli, Cauliflower Steaks, and Crispy Orange Tofu with Sticky Rice.

The best part is, they’re consistently receiving new referrals as the popularity of the concept spreads by word-of-mouth.

The business was first set up by Christchurch friends Tom Riley and Cole Stacey in 2016.

Cole, a registered nurse, had already adopted a plant-based diet, and chef Tom had recently returned home after time spent working in kitchens throughout Sydney, Edinburgh and Toronto when they came up with the idea.

Fast-forward three years, and they’re now working out of the historic British Hotel in Lyttelton, passionate about introducing new flavours and cooking methods to the public.

Included in the delivery boxes – of which you can opt for either couple or family plans – are responsibly sourced local produce, restaurant-quality sauces, pastes and spice mixes that are made fresh weekly, and all ingredients are pre-proportioned, meaning less wastage. Where possible, all efforts have been made to include recyclable and biodegradable packaging.

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The reinvention of veganism: Green Dinner Table

With veganism on the rise globally, Green Dinner Table is dedicated to making sure a plant-based diet is easily accessible to Cantabrians; healthy, quick to prepare and, above all, delicious.



Christchurch friends Tom Riley and Cole Stacey set up the business in 2016 and are excited to soon launch the service in Wellington. Using locally sourced produce, ingredients are packaged with easy-to-follow recipes and delivered directly to clients’ homes who, at the end of the day, can relax while cooking up a storm.

The idea first came about when Cole, a registered nurse, researched ways to adopt a plant-based diet following his father’s quintuple bypass surgery and the birth of his first child. Chef Tom was introduced to veganism through his wife, and after working in kitchens throughout Sydney, Edinburgh and Toronto, he was inspired to bring his passion and techniques home.

With the concept in place, they set to work preparing all their own sauces and fermented pickles at the historic British Hotel in Lyttelton, packaging them up with the finest ingredients, and delivering them all over the city. “People love how varied the meals are, and they’re learning new techniques,” Cole says.

The most popular menu items include Souvlaki, BBQ-pulled Jackfruit, deconstructed sushi bowls, and Gado-gado. “(Veganism globally) is massive; it’s exploded so much,” Tom explains. “We’ve both got young children, so we’re very conscious of the impact we have on the planet. We’re rethinking the way dishes are built, every individual component tastes delicious.”

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Culinary Hot Property

With mums and dads managing work schedules, school runs, daily activities and then homework, busy households today are always looking for ways to cut back on time spent in the kitchen which still offer a nutritious meal for the entire family.



From ordering groceries online to meal delivery services that take the time out of cooking, convenience when it comes to food prep is hot property. We look at some of our favourites when it comes to quick and easy. More food delivery options abound now than ever before. Countdown conveniently offers online shopping and flexible home delivery throughout New Zealand. New World currently has North Island delivery and Click & Collect, and in the South Island, Northwood New World in Christchurch offers a fabulous meal service – Food to Go. For real convenience WOOP Food Boxes include fresh, pre-prepped ingredients and handmade sauces, so you can eat nutritious meals that are ready in less than 20 minutes. Green Dinner Table offers plant-based meal delivery plans for those eco-conscious foodies who can freely dine knowing their dinner was sustainably sourced.

Our own at home quick and easy go to meal is linguinie with prawns in red sauce. Quick Tip: Always have passatta frozen or stocked in the cupboard for those nights when dinner seems like the highest mountain to climb. Passatta pairs perfectly with mince, chicken or pork to create a delicious homemade meal in minutes. Need a vegetarian option? We served sauteed zucchini straight from the garden for a small dinner party recently. Don’t get caught out in the kitchen and try one of our deliciously inspired options today.



Fabulous Food Delivery: GiveMeBread

Local food delivery company GiveMeBread not only delivers fresh, hot restaurant meals straight to your door but will soon be able to drop off your favourite liquor.




Partnered with more than 80 top restaurants in Christchurch since the company launched a year ago, another 15-30 eateries will be available to choose from in the next few weeks, along with offering alcohol deliveries.

Providing a convenient, affordable alternative to driving, parking and eating out, GiveMeBread delivers up to 7-8km from the restaurants and charges only $5.99 (up to 5km).


Available via an easy app or the website, the company also has a Loyalty Club where users earn 1 point for every $20 spent (1 point=$1), which can be used for future orders – this means 5 percent savings for every order. User-friendly for both Android and IOS platforms, customers can track the live status of their order using GPS.

Marketing entrepreneurs Cathy and Aby, who saw a gap in the market, have successfully created a strong and loyal customer base with thousands of app downloads.


Their commission is low in comparison with other delivery companies and they have successfully maintained an average delivery time of within 25-35 minutes. “We use special insulated bags which keeps the food piping hot, even in freezing temperatures.”

Cathy says they have always received excellent feedback from customers, who are really happy with their prompt, personalised service. “We are always looking for new restaurants offering different cuisines, so that we can provide a wide variety to our customers.”


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