Legendary food from across the country, shipped to your door

Last Funded September 2013


raised from 22 investors
$20M Series B by Enlightened Hospitality Investments
Last updated October 2018


$100k of revenue in 4 months
100% monthly growth since launch
50% have ordered more than once
75 merchants signed up

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Some of our legendary food

You can only watch so much Food Network without feeling the burning impulse to hop in the car and drive until you hit New Orleans, where the beignets are freshly powdered and the crawfish etouffee is calling your name. But what if you could experience the distinct aromas, textures, and flavors of low-country cuisine without ever leaving your city apartment?

Goldbely founder Joe Ariel is making foodie dreams like these come true. His company finds the country's most unique and tasty dishes, prepared by some of the most talented food artisans, and brings them straight to your doorstep. He and his team are explorers of food, and they're on a mission to bring you a taste of the world, dish by dish.

Explorers of Food

Goldbely is a site for adventure-eaters: Those who want to taste and learn about foods from various regions and cultures.

"Our goal is to find every amazing food, every amazing dish in the country that's local or regional, and make it accessible to people everywhere," Ariel said.

One couple, customers from Arizona, educates themselves on the art of fine food by ordering from Goldbely once a week. They share a different signature item from a different region of the country every Friday night.

To make sure customers get the best of the best, Goldbely hand-selects its vendors. Food is more than just a meal, so their standards are high. That's why they have a remarkably low rate of vendor acceptance at 3%.

"They have to taste great, they have to package well as a gift, and they have to travel really well," Ariel said. "But mostly we want there to be an interesting story with the proprietor. We're not just selling food; it's food as an experience."

On the site, you'll find dishes from every corner of the U.S. and something to appeal to all tastebuds. Try treats from Baconery, the hip New York bakery where everything's made with bacon. Or taste-test the heart-topped lobster pies from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company. Everything is made to order, just for you. Even Jenny's famous ice cream sandwiches, which Ariel says are "like nothing you've ever imagined," can be shipped straight to your home in mint condition.

"We connect serious eaters with America's greatest food purveyors," Ariel said. "It's direct -- You order a pie from Achatz [Handmade Pie Company], and they're baking that pie for you. We have an oyster purveyor in the Virginia area, and they literally fish out the oysters when you place your order."

A taste of home

Anyone who's eaten 'Buffalo' wings outside of Buffalo knows -- it's just not the same. Some dishes are just better when they're prepared locally, by the original creators.

"I've traveled a lot and have had the luxury of trying a lot of different foods," Ariel said. "But what I've realized is there are just so many unbelievable dishes, and for whatever reason, they're just not the same in other places."

So for Ariel, it's important that Goldbely showcases the recipes and talents of amazing artisans that have been doing this for years.

"In some cases, these recipes have been crafted over hundreds of years. You can't even copy that if you try."

Many Goldbely customers are looking to gift a taste of home to homesick loved ones, or to friends going through a tough time. After all, nothing quite transports you to the warmth and comfort of home like exquisite local food.

"What we're doing is incredibly rewarding," Ariel said. "Because we see people send dishes along with messages when someone passes away, or to a loved one when they might be far away, saying how much they miss them. And they give them a taste of their hometown. People want to share that taste with friends and loved ones, and we make that possible."

Shaking up the industry

Ultimately, Ariel sees Goldbely as a way to democratize the fine foods industry. They want to shine the spotlight on the little guy -- the Mom & Pop shop who makes knishes, a lost art form on the lower east side of NY, or a little shop in Hawaii that specializes in macademia nut pies.

"We're enabling great artisan foodmakers operating on a small, local level, and that's a beautiful thing," Ariel said. "It takes out the barriers of finding a distributor, and takes out a lot of the politics that goes into it.

"I'm not a foodie in the sense that I go to the fanciest restaurant in each town. To me it's about the comfort foods, and the local specialties. It's not necessarily expensive stuff, it's food of the people."

Breaking Bread

As a kid growing up, Ariel recalls that sharing and learning about food was very much at the epicenter. His stay-at-home Israeli father prided himself on always having interesting food on the table, and dinners out with the family were a "magical experience."

"Food is one of those bonding experiences; you can bring people together for a special occasion, and share it together," Ariel said. "And that's what our site is about. It's about sharing, and it's about treating yourself and the people you love.

Goldbely believes people should be able to discover unique and exotic foods. But most importantly, they should be able to share these amazing foods with their friends, family, and coworkers, wherever it may be.