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ATE Foods, 300-4252

"Let them eat Ate," the website proclaims. A meal-delivery service, Ate is the brainchild of Jessica and Rodolfo Buonocore, former proprietors of the Daily, a sandwich-delivery service that targeted Austin-area offices. Rodolfo grew up in Buenos Aires helping in his father's bakeries and pastry shops; Jessica is a Santa Monica, Calif., native who worked for several years at Campanile Restaurant under the tutelage of culinary superstars Nancy Silverton and Mark Peel.

Ate's meals are definitely family-friendly and focus on seasonal ingredients. Jessica says, "The food we prepare is home-cooked; I find that too often food gets complicated with a million ingredients that don't necessarily need to be there, so we try to keep things simple, flavorful, and delicious ... for people who just don't have the time to cook a home-cooked meal but want to maintain the time around the table."

Here's how it works: For $65, Ate delivers three prepared, three-course meals each Monday afternoon to the clients who have signed up by e-mail the previous Thursday. The delivery area encompasses greater Austin, from Circle C to Round Rock and Georgetown. Each meal is portioned for two adults and one child, but adjustments are made to accommodate household size. Ate's website provides the menus for several weeks in advance, along with holding and heating instructions for each meal.

Jessica says that gift-givers can provide meal services for friends and family by placing the order with Ate, along with the recipients' address and phone number, either mailing payment in or adding it to their own. Ate also caters special events, providing desserts to tapas to sandwiches to buffets.

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