We’ve blogged about vegan meal-delivery services before. For the busy (and uh, comfortable) vegan, services like this can make life a lot easier — and more healthy. Enter Lagustas Luscious. Though I haven’t tried their food (yet!), what I like about Lagustas Luscious is that, in addition to having fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, and other mouth-watering, healthful concoctions — they also appear to have a whole lotta heart. According to the website,
“As well as being a vegetarian business, we also strive to be a socially responsible small business. We like the challenge of thinking of social, environmental, and ethical solutions to the challenges owning a business presents. Examples of ways in which we are proud to be a socially responsible business include:
- As much of the produce as possible is from local farms and not large corporatized health food conglomerates. This not only supports a local economy and community, but it also saves fossil fuels (because food is not shipped as far) and supports independent small farmers. We believe eating local (first) and organic (second) is the single best political action we can take, as it’s a way of voting with our dollars several times a day.
- By using reusable food storage containers (which are sterilized every week), we save the waste accumulated from disposable take-out containers.
- Each week’s menu sheet is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We can also e-mail you your menu sheet instead of putting a copy in your bag.
- We advertise in progressive and local publications, like Inside Out (The Hudson Valley’s gay and lesbian magazine), and The Nation (we love The Nation!).
- All paper products and cleaning products are recycled, biodegradable and/or all natural.
- All kitchen scraps are composted (we love our Earth Machine!), and all leftover food is fed to hungry musician friends, never thrown away.
- All kitchen towels are washed in my bicycle-powered washing machine.
- We believe that by actively striving to authentically cook the food of many peoples from around the world we are combating the isolationist politics that so often grips our country. Seriously!”
The service is run by Lagusta herself (and yes, that’s her real name). This might’ve been my favorite part of the website: “I went to cooking school (the Natural Gourmet Cookery School Chef’s Training Program in New York City), but hierarchical restaurant world is a little too much for a feministy woman like me.”
Oh, Lagusta, it’s like I know you…
If you’re in New York (parts of upstate as well as the city), you might want to ask for Lagusta Luscious for your next birthday gift.
(Actually, my birthday is October 30, if anyone is feeling generous…)
And if you’re not in New York, well first of all, why the heck not?, and second of all, starting a vegan meal delivery service like this one may just be the sine qua non of foodtivism.