Time-starved, on-the-go shoppers can pick up solutions from any of three categories: Hot & Ready, Heat & Eat, and Prepare at Home. The solutions are made under the guidance of Sunset Deli Department Director Chuck Gullo, and comprise such fish-, meat- and vegetable-based favorites as Cod Provencal, Garlic and Herb Chicken, and Mediterranean Vegetables. All are made using unique recipes and from simple, fresh ingredients.
“We have been in the prepared-meals business long before it became trendy,” noted Sunset VP of Marketing Thaddeus Tazioli. “Our kitchens are busier than most restaurants, and we have 10-15 cooks per store who prepare at least 75 to 100 unique dishes from scratch every day.”
While preparing restaurant-quality meals is something Sunset was already doing, the breakthrough was the packaging technology, which allows the meals to be cooked in minutes.
Four of Sunset’s five locations, all located in Chicago’s northern suburbs, currently offer Quick & Easy solutions: Lake Forest, Highland Park, Northbrook and Long Grove.
“We want to take something that’s great-quality, but also super-simple,” said Gullo. “The food looks beautiful, and because the packaging allows you to see it before you buy it, it’s been an immediate success. Preparation is deceptively simple, and one might be tempted to think there must be a sacrifice someplace, but this isn’t the case.”
Highland Park, Ill.-based Sunset Foods operates five locations and employs nearly 700 associates.