Cooking Together: New Meal Kit Menu

Meatloaf Pomodoro with Salsa di Parma Mashed Potatoes
Meatloaf Pomodoro with Salsa di Parma Mashed Potatoes from Dinner Pre-Paired

Kowalski's meal kit program has a fresh new look and a brand new option for customers looking for more choices in meal solutions. Products from St. Paul-based Local Crate were recently added to the selection of meal kits in the Meat Department.

Partnering with Local Crate to bring their program in-store also gave Kowalski's the unique opportunity to update packaging for their own line of meal kits, Dinner Pre-Paired. "The knowledge they have of the meal kit production process was invaluable to us," says Kowalski's Culinary and Branding Director Rachael Perron. "It's allowed us to sustain the Dinner Pre-Paired brand identity and overall integrity of our program while integrating Local Crate's experience in things like packaging and production."

Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Almond Rice & Kale Salad
Pesto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Almond Rice & Kale Salad from Dinner Pre-Paired

The fact that both parties were already committed to sourcing and promoting as many local ingredients as possible was another key factor in the partnership. "They're a local company that was already working with many of the same products we sell in store and offer in our own kits, such as Skuna Bay Salmon and Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken." says Rachael. "From the start it was kind of obvious we belonged together."

Both brands offer delicious meals made with top-quality local ingredients that generously serve two. In addition to being available in stores, both Dinner Pre-Paired and Local Crate are available for home delivery (including same-day delivery) or curbside pickup via Kowalski's On the Go. For customers in a hurry, Shipt will also offer Kowalski's products, including both brands of meal kits, in as little as one hour.

Kowalski's Dinner Pre-Paired Meal Kit Box

Kowalski's Dinner Pre-Paired Meal Kits

Dinner Pre-Paired Meal Kits by Kowalski's offer shoppers exclusive recipes for seasonal, regional dishes and family-favorite dinners. They’re made with Naturally Raised proteins and Kowalski's Signature and local products. Kits place a premium on easy, weekday-friendly meals that offer great taste, a pinch of fun and a boost of kitchen confidence to the most time-starved home cooks. Kits feature a main dish paired with a chef-selected side dish or accompaniment, lending to program's playful name, Dinner Pre-PAIRED.

Local Crate Meal Kit Box

Local Crate Meal Kits

Meal kits from Local Crate bring true culinary experiences and a sense of accomplishment to the more adventurous home cook. They offer robust learning experiences and a connection to top local chefs and influencers who’ve shared their own recipes for globally and trend-inspired, restaurant-quality cuisine. Gavin Kaysen, Tim McKee, Yia Vang and Ann Kim are among the long list of top Twin Cities chefs connecting with their fans and patrons via Local Crate meal kits.

Selection and availability vary by market.