Fresh Ideas and Food from The Fresh Palate

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

Where in Montgomery County, Virginia,  can you go for a gourmet meal prepared with fresh, wholesome, organic vegetables and locally-raised, grass-fed, beef, poultry, or pork?

Home, of course. Delivered right to your doorstep,The Fresh Palate is a home meal delivery service that caters to the working family.

Fresh, home-cooked, delivered meals from The Fresh Palate
Photos by Zane J. Queijo

This fresh idea for a business is the brainchild of Beth Boebel, a registered dietitian. She, along with Italian Chef Giovanni Guarini, create fabulous meals made from the finest ingredients. She uses grass-fed, locally-raised beef, poultry, and pork, or organic-fed when the local option is not available. The majority of the vegetables are organically grown and are also purchased locally as much as seasonably possible.

New menus are posted on The Fresh Palate web site weekly. Customers place their orders and pay online by Wednesday of each week and meals are delivered on Sundays. Orders typically range from dinner-in once per week, to as many as three or four meals per week, per customer.

Velvet Minnick, working mom of two and revenue operations manager at Mailtrust, has found the Fresh Palate an easy way to get healthy and affordable meals on the table without compromising family time. The variety offered and the reasonable cost encourages the family to routinely try something new and different.

“As a vegetarian, I am a big fan of her meat alternative dishes, such as Tequila Glazed Seitan with Chipotle White Bean and Kale Bake. This dish was also prepared for my husband, but with grilled chicken.  So it's pretty neat that we can have the same dish, but with different meat options.  And the kids love the healthy versions of the chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. The convenience factor is just unbelievable, and definitely something I am willing to pay for.”

The thought and care Boebel has put into planning The Fresh Palate's healthy meals extends to other aspects of the business as well. Protecting customers' health and the environment are equally high priorities. The microwave-ready food packaging she has chosen will not leach chemicals into food when heated, and the containers are either recyclable or biodegradable. The insulated delivery bags and ice packs are reusable. Customers place their empty bags on their doorsteps for pick-up when the new orders are delivered each week.

Boebel plans to expand to daily deliveries as the community's taste for home-delivered meals grows.

You can follow The Fresh Palate on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. Either way, it's sure to be a delicious experience.


Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0.

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  1. Thank you for featuring us! Especially Kelly for coming out on a Sunday evening to take pictures of the food.

  2. I love knowing that this place exists in Blacksburg…FINALY!

    Viva local, healthy foods!!

  3. Giovanni’s cooking is wonderful. I can’t wait to try this new service.

  4. Thank you, Beth. My daughter, Zane, was the photographer. She always does a much better job w/photography than I do!
    I just want to add that what I learned from interviewing you is how important the meaning of the word “fresh” is to what you and Giovanni create. I was greatly impressed by how wonderful the food looked and smelled. Covering your story was a mouth-watering experience!

  5. The food is fantastic! I highly recommend it

  6. Terri Lynn Howard says:

    I really ejoyed the tasty, fresh meals I ordered for lunch at work every day last week. They were so healthy and so good. Thanks, Giovanni.

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