MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Daniel Testa is a on a soup mission.
With his two-year-old Mamaroneck-based company, Fifty-Two Soups , his goal is to provide a better alternative to current take out options that are affordable and of the highest quality. "Making daily food choices is tough. I would like to make them easier with fresher and better tasting food," he said.
And so the Yonkers resident who trained at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, now known as ICC International Culinary Center, began his quest by offering a membership based service that delivers fresh, homemade soups to residents in and around Westchester. He even goes to Greenwich, Conn.
As for why soup, he says he's always been inspired by area farmer's markets and of the freshness and variety of the fruits and vegetables produced in New York State. "Soups and stews allow me to offer simple but flavorful combinations highlighting these great ingredients," he said. "They also reheat really well."
How it works: Email subscribers receive a weekly menu of one vegetarian and one meaty soup each week. Orders must be placed by Friday at 5 pm. The soups are then delivered to homes/offices throughout the region. (He says if you don't see your zip code on the list, ask him about adding.)
Popular soups include Italian Wedding, Organic Chicken Chili, Chicken Noodle, Carrot Shallot Puree, Mushroom Barley, Chicken Marsala, Coconut Curry Chicken and Rice, French Onion Puree, and Butternut Squash and Apple.
Testa said for the average home cook it could take a lot of time and effort just to produce a few servings of soup, so he finds there's also a convenience factor for the customer -- and why they like his service. Eventually he hopes to expand both the weekly menu to more soups, salads and entrees and deliver five days a week. Having some of his best sellers on shelves at retailers is another avenue he's currently exploring.
What makes his soup special, aside from the door-to-door delivery and the freshness: soups are produced using only what ingredients are in season. And the name? That comes from the seasonality of the menu and the rotation of soups each week.
Testa works out of the Cook and Bake Center in Mamaroneck. Go to www.fiftytwosoups.com/ for more information.
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