This week, Columbus-based restaurant and food products company Bob Evans, which runs 564 restaurants in 18 states announced that it is testing home delivery this holiday season and into 2012. The test menu will offer five frozen choices:
- Homestyle breakfast, including bacon, sausage, hash browns and biscuits, serving between 12 and 15 for $77.95.
- Farm-grill favorites with bratwurst and Italian sausage, serving between 12 and 15 for $95.
- Savory dinner with a 3.5- to 4.5-pound turkey breast, meant for four to eight diners at $95.
- Ham feast with a 8.5- to 9.5-pound spiral-sliced ham for between 12 and 15 at the table for $170.
- Turkey feast with a 10- to 12-pound smoked turkey for 12 to 15 is $170.
If the test menu performs well, the company expects that it could be open to the public in time for Easter 2012. While it is hard to argue with the convenience of direct-delivery service, dietitians and nutrition experts have some concerns about the nutritional quality of the meals.