Culinary Flair, Delivered

Chef Michael Panza wants to let you not worry about planning your next meals at home.

By: 

Natasha Yvette Lucas

Published date: 

Dec. 27, 2016

Farm to Fork Meals meal plans include the Fit meal plan, the Paleo and the Vegetarian. Everything is made in-house at their Oakland Park Boulevard headquarters, each meal is prepared according to your requirements with only organic produce, and every meal comes to your house.

Once you place your order on the Farm to Fork Meals website, a menu consultant contacts you to discuss your requirements. You might want breakfast, lunch and dinner, only breakfast and dinner or just lunch and dinner. Five days worth of meals are delivered on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

You might think having a meal plan would get dull after a week or two. Not so fast - Farm to Fork Meals changes their menu every week. The food choices aim to surprise with cuisines from various cultures, all while keeping to various customers’ specific needs. 

“This week we have Indian dishes, Thai and Mediterranean, fully cooked, ready go, and you don’t have to leave your house,” says chef and owner Michael Panza. 

Panza came up with the concept of delivering healthy meal plans when he was teaching a cooking class in Sur la Table in Boca Raton in 2004. A couple asked Panza to cook healthy, organic meals at their home.

Panza took on the job, and pretty soon his cooking skills were being sought out by other families. Eventually he found that he was traveling way too much to different clients’ homes, and he decided to rent out a professional kitchen space in Broward. He started preparing meals all at the same time, then delivering a week's worth of meals. Farm2Fork-220_rgb.jpg

“I prepared meals in a bigger amount at one location and had a pre-set menu,” Panza says. 

Now settled in Oakland Park, he has also been able to open a cafe that features a similar concept in organic meals. This chic sit-in café features a constantly changing menu with nothing but daily specials.

“Customers can stop by after work and grab dinner, they can take it home, or we can heat up [their meals] for them and they can enjoy their dinner here,” he says. 

And while they’re doing that, in the kitchen, chefs are receiving meal plan orders and preparing healthy meals for customers’ doorsteps. 

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Farm2Fork-091_cc rgb.jpgTurkey Meatballs With 

Sweet Potato Noodles And Basil Pesto

For the turkey meatballs 

Ingredients

• ¼ cup onion, diced small

• ¼ cup breadcrumbs

• 1 egg

• ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

• 1 tsp basil, chopped

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp Italian seasoning

• 1 lb ground turkey

Method

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

 

For the sweet potato noodles with basil pesto 

Ingredients

• 2 sweet potatoes, peeled   • 1 bunch basil

• ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

• 1 tsp pine nuts

• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

• 1 garlic clove   • 1 tsp salt

Method

Spiralize sweet potato noodles and lay them on a baking tray. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt and roast at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. For the basil pesto, combine basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and salt in a food processor and blend until smooth. Toss cooked noodles in pesto and serve.