Leave that stove alone! Decadent Table will do the cooking for you

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By Kirsten Laskey

Lisa Kratzer worked a part-time job when her children were little. She would often return home exhausted and think it would be great to have someone assist with making dinner.

A year ago, she put this thought into action. She established her business, the Decadent Table, to help out working families and residents who are just too busy to whip up a dinner.

People can order meals online at Decadenttable.com or order take out from the business, located at 4710 Quemazon.

Meals, along with chinaware, are delivered to people’s home and then picked up sometime in the evening. The business is open from 4:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and currently delivers only in Los Alamos.

Kratzer does not run this business alone. Members of her family have become part of her staff. For instance, her son Daniel developed the website and handles the more business end while she focuses on the cooking.

Additionally, Kratzer’s mother, Maryrose Wampler, has traveled from Indiana to offer some help in the kitchen.

“It’s been really special,” Kratzer said. “My mother has been here the last six-eight weeks, helping us with the bread, adjusting to larger recipes.”

Even the recipes originated from Kratzer’s family. Some have been passed down to three different generations.

“Food has always been a really important part of our family,” Kratzer said, adding that dinner was the time when her family was able to get together and talk.

This is one reason why she started the business: so families could spend time together rather than focusing their energy on preparing and cooking dinner.

The business gives families “time to relax and share with people that you love,”Kratzer said.

Customers will not only enjoy time as a family, they will enjoy meals that were made that day. Kratzer said everything is made fresh and even some ingredients were grown locally. She said she buys things from the Los Alamos Farmers Market whenever she can.

The menu is not the same every day. People can chose from a full meal – including an appetizer, main dish, side dish, dessert and bread for $25 per person – or a family special, which has salad, bread and casserole. Family specials are $48 for four people or $66 for a group of six.

Delivery charges are $4 for a single order and $8 for two or more.

“We try to make it as easy as possible for our customers,” Kratzer said.

“We try to take the hard part out of enjoying an evening meal,” her son added. “We are also willing to do dinner parties and catering parties.”

The business is licensed to cater and will work with people on menus.

Krazter and her family have lived in Los Alamos for 25 years. For seven of those years, she has considered opening this business.

Now that it has opened, “it’s been a really great experience for me,” Daniel Kratzer said. His experience in the business world will continue to be developed when he goes on to graduate school.

Lisa Kratzer added that although they have met a lot of people as long-time Los Alamos residents, they are meeting new people through Decadent Table.

“We’re excited,” she said.

For more information, call 412-2559 or visit the decadenttable.com.