Starting a small business from scratch is challenging in the best of times, and during COVID-19, perhaps even more difficult, but Allison Slater of Chatham, NJ decided it was the perfect time to take a leap of faith.  With the increase in people working from home and kids attending school remotely, Slater decided to make the ever-hectic daily lunchtime routine deliciously easier, healthier and something to actually look forward to!

Lunchbox on Main is a new boutique lunch concept that delivers fresh meals right to your doorstep.  Slater makes every item from scratch in a locally shared kitchen, using fresh ingredients, and focusing on the same homemade quality, love and attention she cooks with at home.  The menu rotates weekly, offering preset “lunchbox” options, or customers can build their own choosing from a variety of proteins, salads, soups and sides.  There is always a vegetarian option, and many dishes are gluten free and vegan friendly. 

“I like to think of Lunchbox on Main as a ‘lunch concierge’ of sorts — providing well-balanced, ready-to-eat meals for my customers, delivered directly to their doorstep — fresh, daily.  There is no cooking or reheating required**, which makes it different from other meal delivery services that require reheating or cooking the meal yourself. You also get extra perk of being able to enjoy your meal right out of the box, saving you time from cleaning dirty dishes!”

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A former fashion retail executive, Slater knows first -hand how challenging the lunch routine can be. “I spent over 20 years in corporate America and one of my biggest pain points was finding something healthy to eat — if I could find time to eat at all. Once I established a routine of meal planning and prep, and had healthy, complete meals ready for me to enjoy at lunchtime, it completely changed my mood and energy for the rest of the day. Now I want to help others who face the same challenges I once did.”

“In fact,” Slater notes, “there are several articles in circulation about the importance of eating a nourishing lunch to maintain your energy, keep you focused and productive, and avoid overeating in the evening.”

Here is how you can make your #lunchlife easier & more delicious!

  • Lunchbox on Main is a pre-order service. Menus are published on Sunday, orders are due Thursday by 1PM, for delivery the following week.  
  • Deliveries are completed by 12PM, Tuesday–Thursday.  Free delivery for orders over $15.
  • Visit for more information regarding delivery in your town, and join the email list to stay informed of menu updates 


** There are items on the menu customers do choose to reheat, though majority of the items do not require reheating


Here’s a sample menu to give you a flavor of our variety!