What is daba?
Daba is a meal delivery service that currently functions on a bi-weekly basis. Daba takes the elevated experience of fine dining and couples it with the convenience of delivery. We showcase Chicago's top chefs and offer unique meals every time. Each chef curates their own menu to exhibit their talents; customers are guaranteed a special one-of-a-kind meal each time they order from daba.
A daba meal kit comes almost entirely prepared, customers just add final preparations to make the meal come together. We provide thorough and thoughtful instructions written by the chef to guide customers through the finishing touches. Little to no cooking experience is required to enjoy a top chef quality meal in the comfort of your home.
How to daba
This Week's daba
The next daba will be delivered on Sunday October 4th.
Order by Friday October 2nd.
We showcase Chicago's very best chefs each week. A daba comes portioned as a meal for one. The meal arrives fully prepped with finishing instructions from the chef for the best dining outcome.*
Chef Darnell Reed
This week’s chef is Chef Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen in the Lincoln Square Neighborhood! Chef Darnell grew up spending a great deal of time with his Great Grandmother, Luella Funches, as well has watching the Cajun Chef Justin Wilson on Channel 11. The combination of watching cooking on TV and eating his great grandmother’s food had him interested in cooking at a young age. He attended Washburne Trade School to study Culinary Arts and began his career with Hilton Hotels upon graduating. After 18 incredible years with Hilton Hotels, he opened Luella’s Southern Kitchen in 2015 — an ode to his great-grandmother, Luella. Luella’s specializes in Southern cuisine and has been named "Best New Southern Restaurant" by the Chicago Tribune and "Best Soul Food Restaurant" by Chicago Reader. Luella’s recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary at the second location Luella’s Gospel Bird in Bucktown which has gotten off to a great start and excellent reviews. Chef Darnell’s goal is to some day leave a legacy of great restaurants all under the Luella’s brand.
*At this point, daba will not be accepting substitutions or adjustments.
Last Week's daba
Chef Oliver Poilevey
Chef Oliver and his family have been in the restaurant business for years as they owned and operated the French bistros La Sardine and its sister restaurant Le Bouchon.
His parents owned the restaurants since Oliver was a child, so he grew up surrounded by the restaurant industry. Chef Oliver attended Washburne Culinary Institute and traveled for many years practicing his culinary skills. From a bistro in Paris, to LA, to a cruise line in Hawaii, Chef Oliver eventually found his way back to Chicago to settle down and return to the family business. Upon Chef Oliver’s dad’s passing, he has taken over his legacy in leading the iconic French restaurants. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, La Sardine had to close its doors after 22 incredible years of operation. This was an emotional loss for the family and the loyal customers that loved their family owned bistro.