Granny pantry: Lou Papé lets you rent a grandparent to make you a four-course meal

granny pantry lou pape lets you rent a grandparent to make four course meal pape1
Almost everyone has a grandparent with a secret recipe, or one that somehow makes food you could get anywhere taste unlike anything else. Dubbing itself “The Grandmother Home Kitchen,” Lou Papé is a new service allowing you to basically rent a grandparent to cook a specialized meal for you and your guests.

Only available in France (we’re hoping for a U.S. version), Lou Papé allows people to choose from a selection of senior home chefs and retirees. Once selected, the chef provides the customer with a menu of what they will prepare for dinner. The chef then comes to your location, cooks a four-course meal, cleans the dishes, and leaves you be — just like grandma used to?

No chef is under 58, and the meals range between 12 and 42 euros per person, but vary dependent on the chef. The Lou Papé website does not make explicit why the service targets seniors, but does offer an astute observation on the food industry: “We are witnessing a growing desire to rediscover nostalgia kitchen.”

Lou Papé extends past the nostalgic appeal of a home-cooked meal. On the site users can put in a special request for services tailor-made to their desires. Cooking classes and butlers joins the grandparent chef rental services.

There is currently no word on any expansion into the U.S., but Lou Papé would be entering an on-demand food delivery industry that is more geared towards vast accessibility than curation. While Lou Papé prides itself on carefully selecting who prepares your food, services such as Uber Eats simply turn the independent contractors that would be driving you around into deliverymen, ready to drive your food to you.

So until Lou Papé descends on American shores or Silicon Valley conjures up a suitable (and more expensive) rehash, get your tickets to France ready — or just be really nice to your grandparents.

Smart Home

Dear Instant Pot Smart: I love you. Thank you for changing my life

After taking the Instant Pot Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker for a spin, one long-time product reviewer finds much to love about the device she long coveted, despite that it’s not really that smart.
Home Theater

Sling TV ramps up its base programming with Discovery Networks for free

Sling TV has grown a great deal since its launch. Now there are more channels and more packages to chose from, with prices to match, and more is being added all the time. Everything you need to know is right here.
Gaming

Get caught up on all things 'Fallout 76,' including recent controversies

Bethesda's Fallout 76 takes the open world series in a new direction. With an emphasis on co-op, survival, and rebuilding a broken world, Fallout 76 is a far different game than its predecessors.
Computing

Having enough RAM is important, but stick to these guidelines to save some money

Although not quite as exciting as processors and graphics cards, RAM is one of the most important parts of your PC. Not having enough can hurt performance. So, how much RAM do you need?
Deals

The best air fryer deals you can still snag before Christmas

Christmas is closing in on us fast, but you still have a little bit of time left for last-minute kitchen gifts. We've searched the depths of Amazon and Walmart to bring you the best air fryer deals going on right now.
Deals

Best deals on smart locks so you’ll never have to worry about unlocked doors

Is your front door locked? We found the best deals on smart home door locks that take the worry out of wondering if your home is secure. You can lock or unlock your doors remotely and some models let you control locks with voice commands.
Product Review

The Brava Oven takes all the thinking out of cooking

Using bulbs to cook food at different light frequencies, the Brava Oven lets even the clueless cook a tasty meal. But your own smart chef doesn’t come cheap.
Deals

These Amazon kitchen deals are perfect for Christmas gifts and healthy eating

Today is day 10 of Amazon’s “12 Days of Deals,” and it’s all about kitchen. From blenders to Instant Pots to KitchenAid mixers and more, practical yet highly coveted small appliances are available for up to 50 percent off.
Smart Home

Ring Alarm vs. Nest Secure: Which one is right for you?

Thanks to the advance of technology, it's become really easy nowadays to secure your home and protect it from thieves, intruders, and unwanted guests. Which one of these two top contenders is right for you?
Smart Home

The Apple HomePod gets a whole lot cheaper today at Target

Apple's HomePod hasn't been the most popular smart speaker on the market but for users who are all in on Apple's heavily policed ecosystem of devices, this smart speaker is on serious sale at Target this week.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Smart Home

Uber Eats is testing a system for cheaper meal delivery

You know how Uber Pool offers cheaper trips if riders share a car? Well, Uber Eats is currently testing the same idea for meal delivery, and it could mean cheaper orders for customers.
Deals

Brew, drip, or press a fresh cup of joe with today’s best deals on coffee makers

To kick off the day with a fresh cup or upgrade your home coffee machine to accommodate the preferences of dinner guests, check these hot deals for drip coffee makers, espresso machines, and single-serving devices on Walmart and Amazon.
Smart Home

People are stealing Ring doorbells (and it’s no knock-knock joke)

Ring Video Doorbell thefts in a Denver neighborhood raise questions about how much security the smart home devices actually provide. One homeowner and the police have a video of the theft. Here's what to do if your Ring device is stolen.