Born Foody Specializes in Meal Delivery for the Pickiest Eaters of All: Kids

Born Foody founders Andreas Tsavos (left) and chef Joshua Wahler.
Born Foody founders Andreas Tsavos (left) and chef Joshua Wahler.
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Forget meal kits that cater to picky adult palates. Instead, how about a segment of the population that's even tougher to please: kids.

This month, an innovative new meal delivery service known as Born Foody launched in Miami, a company that offers chef-driven recipes dedicated to providing nutritious, flavorful, and well-balanced meals for the hungry — and tot-sized — Florida foodies.

The brainchild of chef Joshua Wahler and hospitality veteran Andreas Tsavos, together the duo boast many years' worth of industry experience.

Wahler’s resume includes stints at fine dining destinations like Miami Beach's Estiatorio Milos and Nobu, and New York City's Spice Market and Gramercy Park Tavern. He also competed on the popular Fox reality cooking show Hell’s Kitchen

Tsavos’ career in the hospitality field has taken him all over the world, from his native Greece to South East Asia. He served as general manager for Estiatorio Milos in Miami Beach and regional director of operations for Nikki Beach Hotels and Resort.

More importantly, both are also fathers to young children, who found it difficult to find the necessary free time to cook healthy meals while on the go. Rather than throw their hands up in frustration, the duo partnered to create Born Foody, what they describe as a "one-stop shop" for chef-driven meals designed to appeal to children ages one year and up.

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"The menu we created for Born Foody is based on how we cook at home for our families,” says Wahler, who stepped down from his post as executive chef at Estiatorio Milos to partner with Tsavos. "We are really passionate about introducing children to wholesome, nutritious food that tastes as good as it looks."

Picky eaters are taken into consideration. As Wahler knows from personal experience, children are forming their own likes and dislikes – oftentimes refusing vegetables and potentially limiting the intake of important nutrients. Created for young palates, Born Foody aims to both cater to and expand these developing palates by providing layered flavors normally found in restaurants, without being too aggressive for these undeveloped taste buds, says Wahler.

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The menu features healthy dish options inspired by family favorites, from gluten-free to vegetarian composed meals, and creative finger foods. Ingredients are farm fresh, using whole grains and sustainably raised proteins. There are no preservatives, hormones, or antibiotics, and all meals are delivered fresh – never frozen.

Take Born Foody's twist on the traditional comfort dish: the mac & meatballs, made from 100 percent ground Amish-raised turkey breast and leg meat, paired with tricolor pasta and haricot verts. Another dish, Lee’s lamb ossobucco, is touted as nutrient-rich and packed with Mediterranean flavors, served with spinach and sweet potatoes. And an Amish-raised chicken is offered with butternut squash, haricot vert, and tricolor pasta, while the Heirloom Berkshire Pork Shoulder is braised for three hours, accompanied by broccoli and a royal rice blend, basil, and corn for a hint of sweetness.

Meals are guaranteed to nutritious as well as tasty, packed fresh from the company’s professional kitchen in BPA-free, air-sealed packaging that helps remove oxygen to naturally preserve the integrity of the food. Each meal kit is delivered in insulated cold boxes, ready to heat and eat, with no cooking required. As part of preparation, all meals are slow-cooked at low temperatures in order to retain maximum nutrition and flavor. The entire process is also overseen by an experienced registered dietician, who guides the Born Foody culinary team.

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Parents can even try introducing seafood to their child’s diet with Olivia’s Faroe Islands Salmon, a gluten-free dish paired with a well-balanced and flavorful combo of snap peas, organic rice, and spaghetti squash. 

"We live in a very busy society and it’s difficult to carve out the time needed to cook, from scratch, healthy, delicious food," says Wahler. "Born Foody is designed to give parents an easy, cost effective way to escape from our quick fix, fast food world and embrace flavor and nutrition, plus help teach our children how to eat."

Born Foody meal packages can be purchased online via the company website. Customers can choose between five-, seven-, and ten-meal packages (or customize your own). Meal packages range in size from small ($46 to $83) to large ($52 to $93). Delivery is currently offered in Florida and provided via FedEx with free delivery.

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.

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