Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to bring anything?

It is recommended to bring a cooler or insulated bag.  This will ensure your meals will maintain their quality and make it home safely. If you don't have one, any bag big enough to carry your dishes will be fine for a short drive or we carry cooler bags in-store.

Can I split my meals with a friend?

Yes. Friends and family members are welcome to complete a session together and split the meals. Portioning our meals in two containers makes this easy to do with no additional work! Just let our staff know at the end of your session how you would like us to separate and pack your items.

Can I bring my kids or my spouse to help?

Yes. Just indicate in the comments section when you order if you will be bringing a helper. Please, no more than one helper per order, and no children under the age of 8.

What if I want to try recipes before I commit to a session?

You can always come in and grab any of our menu items already prepared from our freezer. There is no minimum or maximum. Grab some sides and desserts while you’re here too!

Do I do any cooking or baking in the store?

At The Dinner Bell, you will be assembling your meals at our store to bake at home in the oven or cook on the stovetop at your convenience.

How is The Dinner Bell different from other companies I have seen advertised, like Blue Apron® or Hello Fresh®

Companies that deliver boxed groceries to your door are still a lot of work for you. You have to do the washing, the chopping, the prepping, and then clean up the mess. At the Dinner Bell, we do all of that for you. When you arrive, all of your ingredients are ready for you to use, and we clean up after you. It’s easy, quick, and hassle free! When you leave one of our sessions, you have meals to serve your family for days or weeks to come. And we are significantly less expensive.

How much are Session meals?

In session: Each menu item costs the same amount. That way, you can choose what your family will love without having to worry about how much you are spending. If you are preparing six meals or more, each six-serving menu item is $22.25. That breaks down to $3.70/person per meal. Remember, each meal will be portioned into two containers, so if you are serving 2-3 people rather than 6, you will leave with two meals for each menu item you prepare. If you are purchasing fewer than 6 meals, each six-serving menu item is $26.00. *A minimum of 4 meals must be selected to book a session*

Do you offer vegetarian options?

We do our best to accommodate everyone. We are committed to offering one or more vegetarian option each month, and several of our menu items can be modified to exclude the meat. However, we do not offer a complete vegetarian menu. Look for the “V” icon on the menu to know which items are vegetarian friendly.

Is your food healthy?

At The Dinner Bell, quality food is our focus. We believe in using locally sourced, clean, and organic ingredients wherever we can. We publish all of the nutritional information for each menu item, so you can make an informed decision about what to serve to your family. Look for the icons on our menu to indicate health conscious meal choices.

Can I bring a bottle of wine?

We want you to feel at home when you're at The Dinner Bell.  No alcohol is sold in our store, but you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or other adult beverage to enjoy while you prepare your meals. We have glassware and bottle openers on hand for your use.  We just ask that you drink responsibly. *State law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol. 

Is there a lot of waste?

No. Preparing your meals at The Dinner Bell produces less waste than buying all of your ingredients individually packaged at the grocery store. Plus, all of our packaging is either reusable or recyclable.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your session, please call us as early as possible and we will work with you to reschedule.

What is your refund policy?

At The Dinner Bell, we are committed to providing delicious meals using the highest quality ingredients. If you are not completely satisfied with one of our items, please do not hesitate to let us know.  We will fully replace or refund your purchase!

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