A hit during the pandemic, Chef Brandon’s Boxes looking to expand

Stay-at-home orders made Chef Brandon LaBorde’s meal delivery service, Chef Brandon’s Boxes, a great option for families who wanted healthy meals but didn’t want to cook and didn’t want to leave their homes. Now, LaBorde is looking to expand.

LaBorde began Chef Brandon’s Boxes three years ago, but saw his business grow during the height of the stay-at-home orders. At the peak of the pandemic, LaBorde was filling about 30-50 orders a week or a total of 200-250 boxes, he says.

Most of his customers were families of four or five, LaBorde says.

“People were so afraid to get out of the house and go to restaurants,” LaBorde says, “and many didn’t have the option to transition from takeout meals to cooking.”

Now, LaBorde says, business has dropped a bit, but he mainly attributes the decrease in orders to families going on summer vacation, not necessarily the loosening of pandemic guidelines making people more comfortable dining out.

LaBorde doesn’t only do meal plans for families. He also caters events like weddings and business luncheons, and he’s the official caterer for Beauregard Gallery and Bistro in downtown Baton Rouge. 

Going forward, LaBorde says he’d like to focus more on that partnership and do more business in the downtown area.

He says he would even like to start selling food out of the Beauregard space.

The future is looking bright, LaBorde says, and he plans to continue working as hard as he can to provide healthy meals to customers.