Artizone & Lost Crates Deliver | Chicago

Local food, delivered fast

We happily traverse the city to stock our kitchen when time allows, snagging meat from a 100-year-old butcher in Lincoln Park and fresh pappardelle from a West Town pasta shop.

Now, two new websites will do the job for us, delivering the goods straight to our–and your–door.

Artizone: This service stocks its virtual shelves with products from local markets and producers: seafood from Hagen's Fish Market; bread and pastries from Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter; pantry and grocery staples from Green Grocer; small-batch domestic cheese from Great American Cheese Collection; meat from Gepperth's Meat Market, including the unlikely offerings of alligator and elk; and more.

The site plans to boost its produce offerings in the immediate future, including seasonal boxes of local fruits and vegetables. Browse its recipe section, populated with dishes from writers and cooks across the country, for dinner inspiration, then click to have the ingredients delivered to your door.

Lost Crates: This new Chicago-based site is for surprises, not staples. The food-focused crate ($48) changes regularly; last month, it featured a Chemex, filters and Intelligentsia coffee. This month's is packed with olives, including olive tapenade from Green City Market vendor River Valley.