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Pertaining to the week of Monday May 30th


Hello! Happy almost Memorial Day weekend! We are excited about next week’s menu and can’t wait to share it with you. We have some fun announcements for you, so please take a moment to read through the announcements below before skipping to the menu!

If you are reading this after Saturday 5/28 at 12pm, we regret to inform you that our order form for next week has closed. Please don't be shy, though. We often have some room to wiggle for late orders. Just shoot us an email here if you missed our order deadline. Otherwise, lookout for our next menu. It will come out on Tuesday 5/31 for the following week.

(1) How to use our order form (find it at the the bottom of this page; Click “Order Here”):

~ Step 1: Select the menu items you would like to order

~ Step 2: Indicate the number of servings you would like for each item by checking the box corresponding to that number. We HIGHLY encourage ordering 4+ servings of any given dish due to the fact that we charge a flat labor rate per menu item ordered regardless of the number of servings. So order more servings at a minor extra cost and enjoy for lunch!!

~ Step 3: Indicate your dietary needs. Make sure to not only check the box that corresponds to your desired number of servings for a particular dish, but to also check any boxes that indicate your specific dietary restrictions (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, etc.). While you are also welcome to indicate these restrictions in the comments section at the bottom of the order form, checking these boxes ensures that your order gets into our system accurately. Please save the comments section for any additional concerns.

~ Step 4: Leave additional comments/requests. Use the comments section at the bottom at the bottom of the order form to let us know about any additional dietary needs/taste preferences that are not provided as options under individual menu items. We can usually accommodate.

(2) Memorial Day To Do’s: As you may know, we are currently providing charcuterie boards for several tasting rooms in the area. Looking for something fun to do this holiday weekend? Hop on over to one of our tasting rooms for a sip of wine and a yummy snack from yours truly. We can be found at Ser Winery in Aptos, Wargin Wines in Soquel Village, Windy Oaks in Corralitos, Windy Oaks in Carmel Valley, and Twisted Roots in Carmel Valley.

(3) Summer Events…Catering by Taking Pure Joy: Summer is very much around the corner and we are thrilled to be picking up our catering game! We have worked hard to create something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a pasta making class, an evening of hors d'oeuvre, a thoughtful brunch, or a full blown 5 course dinner, we can find something to make your event special. Head on over to our Classes + Catering page HERE to learn more about our offerings.

(4) Bag + Container Return: Please, please, please remember to return your empty, clean containers and Taking Pure Joy bags this coming week. It is our intention to be as close to a zero waste kitchen as possible. You guys are a huge part of that! The biggest contribution you can make is returning your containers and bags. If you would like to read more about our zero waste dream, take a look at our little shout out on the subject HERE. If you are new to Taking Pure Joy, returning your goodies is easy! Simply place your empty, washed containers in one of our bags and place it on your doorstep before 12pm on your next delivery day. Thank you for your cooperation!

(5) New to Taking Pure Joy LLC? Welcome!! Take a look at our How it Works page to get some of our more frequently asked questions answered. Curious about pricing? We have tried to make it as simple as possible for you HERE. Also, make sure to read up on how to order smart from Taking Pure Joy…we know that these are strange times, but it is our goal to make hiring a private chef obtainable. We are here for you.

Thank you for taking the time! Here is your menu for next week!


Monday 5/30

Contains Dairy (D); Contains Gluten (G); Contains Nuts (N)

Coconut Shrimp ~ coconut crusted shrimp served with sweet + tangy dipping sauce

*** Baked Zucchini “Fries” ~ slices of zucchini breaded and baked to tender and served with garlic aioli (G) request gluten free

*** Smashed Herb Roasted Potatoes

Shrimp Orzo Risotto (D, G) request vegetarian

Ahi Poke Bowls ~ classic poke in a sauce of garlic + green onions + ginger served over rice

Creamy Herb + Spinach Chicken Breasts (D) request dairy free

Carne Asada Street Tacos ~ flavorful diced of beef served in corn tortillas with cilantro + onion

Italian Sandwiches ~ prosciutto + salami + mozzarella all folded into a baguettes with balsamic reduction (G, D) request dairy free


Thursday 6/2

Contains Dairy (D); Contains Gluten (G); Contains Nuts (N)

Spanakopita ~ flaky pastry dough wrapped around spinach + feta + garlic (D, G)

*** Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

*** Loaded Cauliflower Bake ~ like a baked potato, but with cauliflower as the base! Loaded with cheddar + bacon, sour cream, green onions (D) request vegetarian and/or dairy free

Lobster Bisque (D)

Rotisserie Style Chicken Thighs OR Tofu

Pistachio Crusted Salmon OR Tofu (N) request nut free

Seared Garlic Butter Flank Steak OR Tofu

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wraps (G, D) request gluten free (without the wrap)

*** Your Choice of Dessert ~ please select either Creme Brûlée Cheesecake OR Apple Blossoms (D, G)


*** 25% off labor charge!

 Specific dietary needs? No problem! I am confident in my ability to make substitutions that will maintain the integrity of the desired dish while keeping you on track with your dietary needs. Just pick your items and specify your needs.