FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Every week a new menu is posted by Wednesday midnight. Order deadline is Saturday at noon.
We have about 300 recipes and always add more. Some of our most popular items will be on the menu more frequently.
The menu will change with the seasons depending on what’s available on the market. During the winter month we offer 2 soups and 2 salads, during summer we offer 1 soup and 3 salads. You can order as little or as much as you want and you don’t have to order every week.
You receive your order in a sturdy, insulated carrying bag. Most items will be packaged in reusable mason jars while some items may come in a paper bag or another wrapped container (click on the picture for a larger view).
- Mondays between 3 and 7 PM and Tuesdays between 11 AM and 3 PM
at Kitchen Sharing 2245 E. Washington St. Phoenix AZ 85034.
- Mondays between 5 and 8 PM and Tuesdays between 11 AM and 3 PM
pick-up in the Paradise Valley Mall area. Please select “North Phoenix” as the pickup location when you check out if you want to use this option and we will let you know the exact pickup location.
Our preferred method of payment is cash or checks payable to Community Cuisine. Paypal is available. We will soon (March 2018) offer additional payment options for Credit and Debit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover). Now you also have the option to create an account and save all your information on our secure server (SSL).
Deposit for Jars and Bags:
$20 deposit for the reusable jars and insulating carrying bag – if you decide to discontinue ordering with us please return all remaining jars and bag(s) within 60 days of your last order to us and we’ll promptly refund your $20.
generally 1 cup, soups are 12 oz – people tell us that 2 items usually make a meal.
Complete Meal Jars are come in small (16 oz jar) and large (32 oz jar). The smaller one is often enough for a light meal. The large one could serve two people, or one person for a large meal.
Large salads ( in 32oz jar) are a light meal. They usual have grains and/or legumes added to fresh salad ingredients to make the salad filling.
Storing & Reheating:
keep in the fridge for up to 6 days, many dishes taste good at room temperature. Most dishes can be heated up in a pan, add a little water if necessary, cover with lid, heat slowly on very low heat. Heating in the toaster oven also works well for many dishes. Ask us if you need more detailed instructions.
Items marked *ff* are freezer friendly. Usually, they are items that are saucy or have liquid like soups, stew and curries. They can be frozen in the jar. As the liquid expands when frozen, the air will be pushed out. Please make sure the top is on loosely for the air to be able to come out. We do not recommend putting a jar with frozen content in the microwave.
If in a hurry, frozen jars can be emptied by thawing the outer layer and the content can be heated when still partially frozen.
Freeze items as soon as possible. Eat frozen items within 24 hours after thawing,
Items that have no liquid like our burgers or grain dishes are harder to freeze, If you do, put item(s) in a freezer bag and remove all air. Close tightly.
Always date frozen items. Eat within 3 months.
For selected locations, we deliver your weekly order on Monday between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. Because the food is freshly prepared it is required that somebody is present to receive it at the time we arrive.
Please note: before you select this option you need to get in touch with us to discuss the details of the delivery. Please click here to send us an email or call/text us at (480) 616-4787. We must arrange details before we can confirm delivery!
Unless we have a different agreement please pay for your order and delivery cost via PayPal.
What Is Your Community Cook – Better Earth Cuisine?
A meal service offering homemade food that is:
- Completely plant-based
- Food from known sources (local farmers, no exploited workers)
- Grown by local farmers who do not use chemicals
- Based on fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients
- Delicious, good for you, and good for the planet
Who Is Ingrid – founder of Community Cuisine?
Ingrid grew up in her parents’ restaurant in Vienna, Austria, where her mother, a professional chef, taught her to cook. Ingrid learned to love food and cooking for people. Equally passionate about social justice and sustainability, she created Community Cuisine and the Better Earth Menu. The growing, selling, preparing and consuming of food is one of the most basic and inclusive energy exchanges between all life forms on this planet. Community Cuisine created the Better Earth Menu to meet this need with integrity, balance and honoring of life.
Ingrid is fortunate to have her uxorious husband Daniel on her side.
Our current team:
Sandy Liberman – chef
Renetto-Mario Etsitty – chef
Gerold Bainbridge – prep chef and kitchen support
Beth Big Eagle – prep chef and kitchen support
Richard Starling – non-profit matters, general support
James McKee – community dinner kitchen manager
Daniel Hirtz – customer care, website, logistics
Constance Begayne – kitchen support
Why Better Earth Cuisine?
It tastes better and it’s better for you, the community and the planet.
Your Community Cooks provide the Better Earth menu in the spirit of respect, sharing and gratitude for all life.
Better Earth Recipes help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Most recipes are low fat, wheat free, and highly nutritious. They are designed to offer balance to the foods that are usually readily available.
You decide how much you would like to shift your eating habits and we’ll help you enjoy the change with healthy, homemade, delicious, convenient meals.
If you’re already eating well, treat yourself to the convenience of great food prepared for you.
If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint and support local farmers and businesses, you can have that peace of mind eating food from Better Earth Community Cuisine.