Students bring home cooking to campus

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    Two students plan to bring home cooking to campus with their food delivery service called Close to Home: Cooking Delivered.

    Sophomore business major Alex Winston and junior business major DJ Walsted started the business to make some extra money and to spend time cooking, a hobby they both enjoy.

    The company will offer the flavor of homemade food with the quality of a fine dining restaurant and the option of delivery, Walsted said. The company plans to takeorders online and will deliver on campus.

    Winston said the menu would include home-style dishes such as pepper steak, clam chowder, a New York strip, shrimp alfredo pasta, angus burgers, garlic-based chicken and lion pasta.

    Lion pasta, an original recipe, received its name from the description Winston gave it when he first tried the sauce, Winston said.

    “The flavors just explode out of this dish like a lion pouncing upon a gazelle,” he said.

    Both Winston and Walsted have culinary experience due to their families. Walsted said he received third place in a Pillsbury bake-off in Dallas when he was 13 years old. From that point on he watched and learned from his dad, who was in the culinary industry. He also said he worked at several restaurants in the area.

    Winston learned by watching his mother cook.

    Winston said he suggested the food delivery business after Walsted posted a notice about needing a job on Facebook. They talked about several options but came down to food, he said. Winston said he would be happy as long as he did not lose money on the business.

    The two students originally posted a survey on TCU Announce to find out what students would be interested in. One question the team sought answers to was why people would order from them instead of from somewhere else.

    “The majority of our responders said that when they got sick and tired of macaroni and cheese, the grilled cheese, Powerade and ice cream from the BLUU,” Walsted said. “It was an alternative for food for them.”

    Walsted said students would order from Close to Home for the convenience, and as an alternative to places such as Market Square and area restaurants.

    “We’ll have this home cooked, not freeze dried or frozen food, that you can get just as your mother would have made for you,” he said.

    Walsted said they were in the process of figuring out when they would start delivering and what menu items would cost. They are also in the process of deciding whether they would deliver off campus.

    For more information, their Facebook page is called Close to Home: Cooking Delivered.