Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blue Sky Dining-Our November Giveaway!

*We wanted to have our November giveaway before everyone got busy with the fast-approaching holiday season.  And as is fitting for a November giveaway before Thanksgiving, this one is all about eating, and eating well!  Read about our latest find, Blue Sky Dining, and information about the giveaway will be at the end...Enjoy!

What it is: Blue Sky Dining is a mobile catering company that specializes in food for families.  It is operated by Chef Mike, a talented, veteran chef.  They have a mobile food truck that can usually be found in South Durham.  It sounded like a great idea that would make the lives of busy, tired moms much easier, so we decided to check them out.    Chef Mike posts the menu for the week online.  They include delicious meals that consist of an entree, two sides, and a dessert.  Check out this week's menu here.  I selected the day that I wanted to enjoy the meals and how many portions I wanted, and I contacted Chef Mike with this information by noon of that day.

Then, I stopped by his truck (conveniently located off of Hwy. 54 near Fayetteville Rd.) between 5pm and 7pm that evening, walked up to the window without even having to get my kids out of the car.  He handed me the food and I paid him.  My son was also highly entertained by visiting the "food truck" and enjoyed the whole experience.

When I got home, we had a delicious meal ready when we walked in the door!  We enjoyed Penne Ala Vodka with sausages and peppers, salad with homemade dressing, cheesy garlic bread, and pecan toffee tassies for dessert.  It was wonderful!  The quality of the food was excellent, especially the dessert!  My son is an incredibly picky eater, and he couldn't stop eating the desserts either.

Blue Sky Dining not only offers family meals for pick up, they also deliver meals on a weekly basis, cater events, and do corporate lunches.

What we liked: We loved the fact that we could eat a delicious dinner and not have to prepare it!  We also loved how easy it was to stop by Chef Mike's truck and grab the food quickly.  The price is also comparable to eating out with each serving costing only $9.

What we would change:  We had a great experience and wouldn't change a thing about the process.  However, maybe it would be nice to have some more choice instead of just having one option each night.


Website and other important information:

Website: http://www.blueskydiningnc.com/

Location: The Blue Sky Dining is typically located off of Hwy. 54 near Fayetteville Rd.

Contact Information:

Chef Mike Nieri, 919-451-8476, chefmike@blueskydiningnc.com

Photos:


1. The truck


2. The food


THE GIVEAWAY-Blue Sky Dining is offering a gift certificate for four servings of one of its delicious family meals for any night that you choose! It would be great for an evening when you are feeling tired or too busy to cook.  


To enter, simply comment on this entry here or on Facebook by Friday, November 12 at midnight.  Since Chef Mike creates such yummy family meals-comment on your families' favorite meal.

24 comments:

krocke said...

I've seen this truck off of 54 for a few months now...been tempted to stop, but not that tempted with 2 kids in the back. Thanks for checking it for me!
Kelly

SZentz said...

One of our favorite meals is turkey picante pie from the "Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer" cookbook. I especially like it when I just pop the filling out of the freezer into a pie crust and cook it :-). And all 5 of us eat it!

ely said...

Thanks for the post. I emailed and look forward to seeing the new menu on Sunday. I will place an order next week and try this out...

Thanks,

Ely

Pamela Black said...

I am so glad you posted this! This is a great healthy option for those super busy days.

JM O'Brien said...

Oh- we have loved Durham's food trucks. Haven't tried this one yet. Thanks for letting us know about it. One of our favorite family meals right now is homemade chicken pot pie. Great comfort food and everyone likes it!

themcclellandfamily said...

our family loves chicken/pasta dishes!

LBroome said...

Ooh.. Spaghetti is a family favorite. I can get so many veggies hidden in the sauce too!

Lauren and Adam said...

I pass this truck every single day on the way to and from picking up my daughter from pre-school! Have always meant to google it to see what it was all about, so thank you for this article! Such a great idea. Our favorite go-to meal (at least once a week) is some sort of Mexican skillet dish with whatever I have in the pantry - tastes different every time!

Edgy said...

I've had Chef Mike cater several functions and think his food is fabulous! He even catered our neighborhood party and everybody was thrilled with the food and the price. I might have to start taking the long way home to go by the truck!!

Kate's mom said...

gotta try his brisket..delish

Tina said...

I've seen this truck and didn't know what it was...I'll definitely have to stop. Our family's favorite meal is Tacos...I try to make them in batches and freeze for busy nights.

HighTideFullMoon said...

His food is so yummy! Chef Mike is a family man & knows what we need. Nicest guy you'd ever want to meet. He has catered some of our special occasions. Everyone was impressed.

maryode said...

Sounds lovely! Enter me please!

Kel said...

I'll come out of lurking for this! Thanks for the info!

A-C said...

Hadn't heard about this truck - great idea! And not having to get the kids out - this guy knows what crazy family life is like.

Elizabeth Harvey said...

This looks great and I can't wait to try it soon!
It has gotten so hard to get meals prepared since I started back to work with over a 30 minute commute and a hungry toddler!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I love that you can just choose to get dinner for one night. I've tried services like this before, but I've had to buy a week's worth of meals. And I've never picked up from a food truck!
Melissa Hatch

Kara said...

Thanks for blogging about this. Always great to have another option to feel a hungry family on a tight schedule and budget!
Kara

Jennifer said...

Our family's favorite meal is probably lasagna Individually we like other things, but that seems to be the one thing all four of us agree on.

justine said...

I love Chef Mike's meals!
always so tasty, he's obviously a professional, and well rounded for such a good price.
becoming a weekly regular for us.
and for a one-man-operation, impressive set up (why only one choice per day I believe...)

Jessica said...

We LOVE the food from Blue Sky Dining - Chef Mike is fantastic! I've tried a variety of his things and everything has been wonderful. He makes life so much easier after a stressful day at work - a hot meal ready as soon as you walk in the door!

Mandy said...

Sounds great--The meals on his website seem delicious. What a nice addition to south Durham!

Tom said...

His food looks great. Sign me up for the Giveaway. Thanks.

Emily said...

Wow, hadn't heard of this. Sounds pretty cool- I'll have to check him out. Oh and we love pasta dishes- esp my toddler.

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