Eating Out: Fresno gets two new food delivery services

The Fresno BeeJanuary 6, 2014 

It just got a lot easier to be lazy in Fresno with the launch of two new food delivery services. They deliver hamburgers, Chinese food and just about anything else that's edible to your doorstep.

But check out how different they are: One was started by an 18-year-old Fresno State student. The other one is part of a Sacramento-based corporation that has partnerships with several chain restaurants.

The Fresno State freshman and Buchanan High School grad is Cody Scheidt. He started Hungry Dog Delivery in early November. So far he has been serving mostly Fresno State students.

Mostly he gets students looking for dinners — whether Taco Bell or Chinese food — and once delivered to a study group at Fresno State's library.

"It sounded like fun and maybe we'll make a little money from it," he says. (The service also is on Facebook.)

For now, his fee is a flat $5, in addition to the cost of the meal.

Then there is Food To You. A franchisee used to run the business in the Fresno area, but it went dormant. Charles Adkins picked up the local business as a licensee in November (here it is on Facebook).

The business delivers food from 17 restaurants in the area, including major chains such as California Pizza Kitchen, Chili's and Tahoe Joe's. It is actively seeking partnerships with more, especially local restaurants.

Later this year it will add more items from grocery stores, health food stores and convenience stores, which means customers soon will be able to have even diapers delivered.

Food To You also is the designated room service provider for 30 area hotels.

Orders must be at least $20 and the fee is $5.99 per order, plus a variable service charge based on order size, and a 15% tip added to the bill for the driver.

Food To You also frequently delivers large orders for businesses, such as companies holding training sessions.

They join what is perhaps the most successful food delivery service in Fresno, Munchies on Wheels. It was started four years ago and still is going strong.

The business can deliver food from anywhere, but has a focus on local restaurants. Operating from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, Munchies on Wheels has delivered fried rice from Chan's Cedar Chinese Food and tacos from Castillo's Mexican Food.

They also pick up from corner stores and will add a 2-liter to a McDonald's order, for example, or "anything ranging from cough drops to condoms to candy," says co-founder Veronica Hernandez.

You also can find them on Facebook at facebook.com/munchiesonwheels.

Raw Fresno chef Naomi Hendrix will be serving a four-course raw and vegan meal as part of the guest chef series at Peeve's Public House.

The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Peeve's, at 1243 Fulton Mall.

Hendrix will demonstrate and talk about the food starting at 6 p.m. Groups of six or more are asked to make reservations by calling (559) 573-5735.

The meal costs $25 and features stuffed marinated mushrooms, a kale Caesar salad, pad thai and Key lime pie. All of it is gluten-, sugar- and dairy-free.

Hendrix is a raw-food chef who sells her food at the Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

The columnist can be reached at (559) 441-6431, bclough@fresnobee.com or @BethanyClough on Twitter. Read her blog on fresnobeehive.com.

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