Irvine’s First MealMakers Opens at The Crossroads

MealMakers, an exciting new concept in meal preparation, has opened its first Irvine location at The Crossroads at Culver and Barranca. Designed for busy families and professionals, MealMakers offers simple, delicious menus that allow customers to select entrees to prepare on-site and take home, with no shopping, prep-work or clean up by the customer. Customers can also pick up pre-assembled dinners that are ready to go any time.

Customers simply go online at or call the store to reserve a time to go to MealMakers and then choose between six and 15 entrees from three monthly menus (Regular, Lite and Classic) to prepare in a one to two hour cooking session. MealMakers has all ingredients prepped and ready for customers to assemble, package and take home to place in the freezer. Each meal feeds up to six people, and half-orders can also be prepared to feed three people each.

The store has 20 cooking stations, with recipes posted at each station, along with all the ingredients and necessary utensils. All entrees come with a label that offers simple cooking instructions.

“MealMakers offers the perfect solution for today’s busy families who are short on time, but enjoy home-cooked meals,” said Catherine Hwang, who owns MealMakers at The Crossroads. “It can also be fun experience to hold group-cooking sessions with friends, family or co-workers.”

Nutrition information is available for each of the entrees, and three menus are available: a Regular Menu, a “Lite” Menu that offers less calories, fat and sodium, and a Classic Menu that offers customer favorites such as pork tenderloin, beef kabobs, stuffed manicotti and more. In addition, customers can stop in and pick up items from all three menus any time.

Gift certificates and private parties are also available.

MealMakers is located at The Crossroads, at 3800 Barranca Parkway, near Target. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. MealMakers can be reached at (949) 786-MEAL (6325).

The Crossroads Shopping Center, owned and managed by The Irvine Company, is located at the corner of Culver Drive and Barranca Parkway. The center is anchored by Mervyn’s, Target and over 40 stores, services and dining establishments.

The Irvine Company is a privately held company based in Newport Beach, California. The company’s retail portfolio includes Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, The Market Place and 33 neighborhood and community centers in Newport Beach, Irvine and Tustin. For more information, visit