Green Dinner Table

Enticing smells waft out of the first floor of British Hotel in Lyttelton, where chef Tom Riley is busy testing new recipes for Green Dinner Table - a plant based meal service he runs with long-time friend Cole Stacey. This is where the magic happens, as Tom develops easy-to-cook meals for his customers to prepare at home. Though not open to the public at its physical location, Green Dinner Table is a service so neat, it belongs on Neat Places.

Tom and Cole are both passionate about eating healthy and in a sustainable way. Three years ago they found themselves wanting to do something different, the idea of Green Dinner Table came up and they haven’t looked back since. Starting with a handful of orders per week, they now cater to approximately 200 customers within Christchurch. An expansion to Wellington is also on the horizon.

Green Dinner Table offers plans for couples and families with a choice of three to five meals per week. All the ingredients you need to get cooking are delivered to your door once a week along with straightforward recipes that guide you in preparing restaurant quality plant based meals in your own kitchen. Cooking time for the recipes varies between 30min to an hour.

Imagine whipping out meals such as Kung Pao cauliflower with green tea soba noodles or Buffalo Tofu Sliders with caramelised onion slaw with minimum effort. Sounds pretty good, right? With hundreds of recipes in its archives and new ones constantly developed, Green Dinner Table will definitely keep your evening meals interesting, and healthy.

With sustainability in mind, Green Dinner Table sources ingredients from local growers, uses organic produce when available, prepares all sauces and preserves on site and uses recyclable and biodegradable packaging where possible. To make a box of goodness appear on your doorstep, simply pop on their website and make an order. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou