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Chef Wynter Piekarz of Wynter’s Whisk, an online gourmet meal delivery service, says salads and soups are a great way to stay healthy. (Photo courtesy of Wynter Piekarz )
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Opening a new small business is always a nerve-wracking endeavor. But Chef Wynter Piekarz, who lives in Madison, like most of us could have never guessed when she opened her business earlier this year how much the world would change in March. In some ways, her new business, Wynter’s Whisk, an online gourmet meal delivery service that operates out of a commercial kitchen in North Branford, is ideally suited to serve people interested in having healthy food delivered right to their door. And, aren’t we all? But no one could have predicted these circumstances.
Despite the general societal tumult, Wynter’s Whisk got off to a promising start. With new menus weekly, the business came to my attention after it received rave reviews from several of my friends. Piekarz says she and her team are trained in food safety measures, and are taking every precaution to make sure everything is safe and healthy.
There is a $5 delivery fee for the local area, which includes Guilford, Branford, North Branford, Clinton, and Madison. Beyond that, for an additional mileage fee, deliveries can sometimes be arranged.
“I don’t mind sending a delivery person a distance for a good-sized order,” she says.
Orders can be made by logging onto www.wynterswhisk.com and finding Online Ordering under Daily Meal Service. There are options for both adults and kids. There are also gift certificates, “which you can send to someone in need, if you are not sure what kind of meals they would like,” she says. She says she’s willing to answer any questions or discuss any accommodations that customers might require via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wynter, who graduated from The French Culinary School and worked in several Fairfield County restaurants, says she loves healthy salads and comforting soups.
“It is easy to make a salad look like a piece of art and taste like one, too. Add a simple lemon vinaigrette and a soup and it is a perfect meal made from nature,” she says.
With all the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the feelings of powerlessness, one thing we can do to take care of ourselves is to eat healthy. Here are a couple of go-to recipes.
Roasted Cauliflower soup
by Chef Wynter Piekarz
2 heads cauliflower
6 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
2 shallots, roughly chop in quarters
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon turmeric
Himalayan salt and fresh pepper
1 to 2 quarts organic chicken broth
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 bay leaf
Preheat oven to 425.
Line a sheet pan with parchment. Clean cauliflower and cut into florets. Add cauliflower, garlic cloves, shallots, turmeric, salt, and pepper to a bowl and add enough avocado oil to coat. Toss until even and well covered. Pop the mixture in the oven until the cauliflower starts to brown, about 10 minutes. Add rosemary and parsley. Remove from the oven and put it all into a deep pot. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer until cauliflower is soft. Put the mixture in the blender or use an immersion blender. Add coconut milk and put it back into the pot. Add bay leaf and keep on low heat until ready to serve, adjust seasoning. YUM!
by Chef Wynter Piekarz
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Fresh ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup good quality organic olive oil
Add first five ingredients in a small bowl or blender and mix. Slowly add in olive oil while mixing.
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