WINDHAM, Conn.— Azuluna, a Connecticut-based team of farmers, chefs and nutritionists, has launched a healthy meal delivery service, focused on serving New England with fresh, farm-to-table meals. The nutritious, flavorful meals, crafted by Azuluna co-founder and executive chef Rachael LaPorte, are delivered directly to New England homes every week ready to heat, serve and enjoy. Well-balanced meals include a rotating menu of beef, pork, chicken, and seafood entrees, complete with complementary side dishes. Meals, all with ingredients sourced from New England-area farms, can be ordered online now at azulunafoods.com.
“We want to give New Englanders access to farm-to-table cuisine that makes it easy to eat in a totally healthy, nutritious way,” said farmer and Azuluna co-founder Ken Rapoport. “Azuluna aims to positively impact people’s health and New England communities by providing great-tasting nutritious meals, sourced from regional farmers, who grow food responsibly.”
“Azuluna strives to provide the convenience of prepared meals while helping reverse the increased incidence of chronic disease occurring as a result of overly processed food intake,” said Geri Brewster, Registered Dietitian and Azuluna Board Member.
“Our team of culinary professionals, supported by trained nutritional experts, use innovative cooking techniques like steaming, simmering, braising and roasting to keep meals healthy and low in calories without sacrificing flavor,” added LaPorte, a graduate cum laude from the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University who has trained with chefs around the world.
Meals are produced from seasonally selected produce and sustainably raised meats, shipped on Mondays and delivered in New England within 1-2 days. The Azuluna team of culinary, agricultural and nutrition specialists works together to craft healthy meals that combine lean protein, healthy fats, and slow acting carbohydrates with flavorful herbs and spices to enhance the body’s natural ability towards health and functioning at its best.
Azuluna began as a unique government grant project in 2004, initiated and secured by U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Lieberman. The project was to assist in expanding and growing small farms in New England, and to fulfill the late Senator Kennedy’s lifelong vision for healthcare reform, knowing the true solution to healthcare is a proper diet. Dr. George Saperstein, creator and founder of Azuluna, started this regional livestock and poultry business for the benefit of small New England farmers, who were threatened due to competition with large farmers in the Midwest and overseas. After retiring, Dr. Saperstein collaborated with current Azuluna president, Ken Rapoport, who acquired Azuluna and began marketing its premium meats and eggs to markets including Whole Foods. Today, Azuluna aims to continue to honor Dr. Saperstein’s commitment to New England small regional farmers.