Ivy's Cookin' looks to help people during the pandemic

As many businesses are faced with tough decisions during the pandemic, Cotler says she has endured a few struggles over the past year, but largely noticed an improvement in customer participation.

Posted: Feb 13, 2021 5:31 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2021 5:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Ivy’s Cookin is a food delivery service owned and operated by Ivy Cotler.

Cotler has lived in Eugene since 1985 and has been feeding the community since 1992.

Her specialty is home cooked vegetarian meals that she whips up on a weekly basis. 

“I am so grateful my customers are the most lovely people. I never get a bad egg,” Cotler said.

Although Cotler is not a vegetarian herself, she said she found her lane serving that type of food, as it’s where she’s most comfortable.

“I eat a very healthy diet, I'm very active and I eat everything,” Cotler said.

Cotler, who began her career as a personal in-home chef, quickly realized she could make a larger impact with her own business.

As many businesses are faced with tough decisions during the pandemic, Cotler says she has endured a few struggles over the past year, but largely noticed an improvement in customer participation. This is likely due to the fact that most of her operations followed COVID protocols anyways.

Customers place their order via email or phone call, and then, and once the order is accepted, they can elect to either have the food delivered, or come to the house to pick it up. The designated day for orders to be filled is Thursday, and the menus can be acquired ahead of time.

“I leave the food outside in the coolers with people's names on it, and they come pick up their meals,” Cotler said, “and it can be contactless, which is really nice.”

A couple of the Ivy’s Cookin’ customers are immunocompromised which serves as further motivation to make the delivery process as safe as possible. In order to do this, she makes sure to wear her mask and socially distance whenever she comes into contact with any of her customers.

“To support [immunocompromised] people who can’t get out there… that’s supporting the community,” Cotler said,” and it’s really nice after all these years, when someone takes the time to say, ‘I just had your dinner. It was delicious.’ It just makes my day.

To find more information about Ivy’s Cookin’, you can log onto ivyscookin.com.

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