D.C. meal-delivery service Galley to debut in Baltimore Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, D.C.'s Galley will deliver premade meals to Baltimore.

Galley, a Washington, D.C.-based, online food delivery service that opened in January, will expand to include Baltimore starting Tuesday, co-founder Alan Clifford said on Monday.

While most other companies in this increasingly crowded market send customers ingredients to create meals themselves and offer subscription services, Galley sends chilled meals already prepared, Clifford said. The lunch or dinner — priced at $14 or less, with tax, delivery fee and gratuity included — arrives with heating instructions for the microwave and oven.

Baltimore is the first location Galley will serve outside of Washington. The service has caught on with young professionals and couples in the D.C. area, he said.

“They’re not the folks that order delivery regularly, but they value high quality and typically healthy meals,” Clifford said. As Galley studied Baltimore’s neighborhoods, expansion “made a lot of sense for us from a demographic standpoint.{

On Tuesday, Galley will be available in Canton, Fells Point, Harbor East, downtown and Mount Vernon. Orders can be placed on the Galley website or on its app. The food will be prepared in Washington and then transported to Baltimore via a refrigerated truck each day, Clifford said.

Customers can schedule their orders at their convenience for delivery between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Galley also offers an “on-demand” ordering option that allows customers to place orders during normal delivery hours. They will receive their food within 30 minutes of placing the on-demand order, Clifford said.

On Monday’s menu, D.C. customers were given three lunch options (caramelized squash salad, herb chicken over Israeli couscous and a chicken and pimento cheese sandwich) and three dinner options (Southwest spaghetti squash, chicken parmesan with oven-roasted tomato sauce and Cantonese sesame beef). Customers can receive a list of the day’s options — all typically between 600 and 800 calories — via email each day.

With companies like Plated and Blue Apron already established, Clifford acknowledges the competition for delivery food services has grown quickly. But he said Galley is for people not looking for the commitment a subscription-based service requires. The obvious convenience of premade meals has also attractive customers, he said.

“I don’t usually have a couple hours each night to do everything, from chopping vegetables to cleaning up after,” Clifford said.

While the city’s proximity to D.C. was a significant factor in expanding, Clifford said Baltimore made sense in other ways.

“It’s a great, emerging city in the country, and it’s drastically underserved by most startups,” he said. “We thought it made a lot of sense to go there early.”&

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