Native Washingtonian Ryan Hansan celebrates two years of locally sourced and ready-to-cook gourmet meals with Scratch DC.
Ryan Hansan’s Scratch DC offers dinner kits with high-quality ingredients and short prep time—delivered straight to your door.
It has been a very good year for Ryan Hansan.
The 28-year-old founder of Scratch DC is in the process of moving his dinner kit empire into an 8,000-square-foot facility in Northeast Washington, a space he has gutted and renovated to include a huge commercial kitchen. When we meet at the beginning of October, the handsome entrepreneur is beaming—and flaunting a shiny new wedding band, having just days before married his college sweetheart, realtor Lisa Lamont, whom he affectionately calls “Scratch DC’s chief unofficial taste tester.”
The couple plans to spend the month of December on their honeymoon abroad, taste-testing together on a culinary tour of India. In his absence, Hansan leaves his two-year-old company in the hands of his 20-something staff, even as the business is on the verge of expansion.
It’s the same relaxed, yet self-assured attitude that has led the Reston native and American University graduate to his current success. Hansan boasts no culinary background, but until now has unabashedly developed all of Scratch DC’s well-reviewed recipes himself. “I never worked in a restaurant,” says Hansan, “and I think that has actually helped significantly, because I look at things from the eyes of a home cook.”
Now, as part of his development plan, Hansan has hired Katie Haughey, a L’Academie de Cuisine–trained chef who’s had stints at Blue Duck Tavern and Fiola Mare. He’s hoping Haughey can lead his kitchen staff from prepping and delivering 600 to 800 deconstructed, ready-to-cook meals a week, to thousands. Hansan envisions expanding the company’s service area to cater to busy professionals in Richmond, Philadelphia, and beyond, but he keeps mum on the details, saying only he’s “working on an innovative and exciting new distribution technology to bridge the gap between the magic of the growing, web-based convenience economy and the real-world realities of delivery.”
Asked about other popular dinner kit websites such as Plated or Blue Apron, he insists he’s not competing. Rather, Hansan considers Scratch DC to be higher-end, with boxes, or “bundles” (portioned for 2 servings), full of fresh, locally sourced ingredients delivered on the day they’re assembled.
In the short-term, the company will add Friday delivery to its current Monday-through-Thursday line-up, and is looking into weekend-brunch bundles along with beer and wine pairings, giving Washingtonians even more reason to skip the trip to the grocery store. 202-549-1421