Taste of Tuscaloosa: Gourmade Kitchen Aims to Make Life a Little Easier

Owners Taylor Pearce and Rebecca Patterson know all about busy lifestyles and good food. This combination led them to create the concept of Gourmade Kitchen. Owners Taylor Pearce and Rebecca Patterson know all about busy lifestyles and good food. This combination led them to create the concept of Gourmade Kitchen. Gourmade Kitchen

As I mentioned last month, I have recently entered the world of full-time working mom. Unfortunately, my son didn’t get the memo about mom’s return to work, so life continues to go full throttle into this new year. Luckily for me, and the rest of the Tuscaloosa community, a heaven-sent business has opened up to feed all us busy folk in T-town! 

Debuting last month, Gourmade Kitchen’s mission is aimed at helping busy families make homemade meals quickly by preparing delicious, Southern-style favorites ready to heat in your oven, or to freeze at home. Founders Taylor Pearce and Rebecca Patterson are no strangers to the challenges of managing a busy schedule and the need to feed hungry mouths. Between them, they have eight children. 

“I remember countless times with each of my pregnancies people bringing us food to make our lives easier,” said Pearce. “My hope is that our meals not only provide a convenient option to feed a family in a pinch during the week, but also can be used as a gift of love when someone has a new baby or other life event.”  

This is a step up from your memories of poppyseed chicken growing up. Full of flavor, and generous with the chicken and rice, this dish has become one of my favorites from GK.

It’s all about convenience, according to Patterson. 

“Our process is simple. You simply go online, or visit us in the store, to choose your family friendly meal, follow the cooking instructions, and serve.”  

With comforting classics like lasagna, poppyseed chicken, and tomato basil soup, there is something for everyone.  In fact, the dynamic duo has also made sure to include items that keep health in mind, such as gluten-free and low-carbohydrate options. And, in addition to the tasty entrees and sides that can be taken home to feed the family, Gourmade Kitchen also offers up grab and go lunches to take back to the office, or nutritious energy bites packed with oats, chia seeds, and protein that are perfect for the kids after soccer practice. 

Taylor and Rebecca were generous enough to let me try several items on the menu, and let me tell you, I wish I could put heart emojis by every single entrée. And when it comes to the grab and go items, the chicken salad will rock your socks off. Seriously, get it for lunch. You can thank me later.  

Gourmade Kitchen is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it is located next to Peterbrooke Chocolatier on McFarland Boulevard. For more information, including full list of menu items, visit gourmadekitchen.com. 

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