No Pots & Pans Joins the Boston Meal Delivery Scene

The startup hopes to offer on-demand, 30-minute delivery within six months.

No Pots and Pans

Horvitz with one of his meals. Photo provided

Andy Horvitz is spending a lot of time in the kitchen these days.

Horvitz is the founder of No Pots & Pans, the latest local meal delivery service to hit the scene. The service just launched in November, so Horvitz and one prep chef still roll up their sleeves and make every single meal themselves, using a professional kitchen in Somerville. He’s willing to put in that effort, he says, because of a hole in the delivery market.

“When my wife and I lived in Watertown, we would debate which Persian restaurant we preferred, because we had the world at our fingertips. If you’re in close to the city, that’s your reality,” he says. “But now I live out in Hudson, and if you live outside of [Route] 128, your principle delivery options are pizza and Chinese.”

With No Pots & Pans, Horvitz is bringing home-cooked, fully prepared meals to Greater Boston and the western suburbs, combining convenience, sustainability, and nutrition. He also dabbles in philanthropy: The company makes a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank for each order it receives, and gives excess inventory to local soup kitchens. Horvitz also ensures that all of the food’s packaging is compostable.

While the business is in its early stages, Horvitz makes three menu options each week—this week, it’s sesame noodles with shrimp, coconut curried kale and sweet potato, and honey chipotle grilled chicken—priced between $10 and $15 per meal, and delivers from Wednesday through Friday. Within six months, he says, the business will hopefully switch to a traditional on-demand delivery model, with patrons able to order and receive their meal 30 minutes later.

“First and foremost, we’re in the convenience business,” he says. “Can we do that on a far healthier basis than pizza and Chinese? I think yes.”