It started with a second date. Anand cooked for me and I was instantly immersed in the unique flavors of his cultural upbringing. Our love grew, as did our ambitions to do something with food. I later signed us up as hosts for a start-up called Eat With, the Airbnb of restaurants. People from all over the world paid to have dinner hosted by us, in our 800 sqft San Francisco apartment. Turning our place into a fine dining restaurant was such an exhilarating experience!
With every dinner, we improved our hosting capabilities, refined our recipes, and started freshly grinding our own spices. However, we had a desire to extend the reach of Indo-Fijian flavors beyond just 10 guests at a time. So we put our heads together and hence, Swamy's Kitchen was born! With today’s solid ecommerce landscape, combined with our drive to be self sufficient, we are embarking on a journey to offer a “grind to order” spice line where Anand’s grandmother’s spice recipe can be shared with the world. In addition, we are serving up Indo-Fijian food and other delicious meals to the Portland Metro community.
Our ultimate vision is to own and operate a farm. We want to educate others about the importance of regenerating the land and provide fresh produce and the highest quality pastured animal products to our community members. We also want to use our farm as a sanctuary for healing; a place for people to nourish their mind, body, and soul.
Our family’s come from a line of farmers and we hope to share this legacy with our future children. Our farm will be named Amma Matilde. Amma means mother in Hindi, and that is what Anand’s family called their grandmothers. Matilde is my grandmother, a hard working, relentless, and passionate Portuguese woman who I love very much. The name of our future farm represents the hard working women that raised our families. In their name, we carry their blessings, their pride, and memories as guiding lights to a better future.
We want to thank you in advance for your support. It is because of you we are one step closer to building the farm that will educate, nourish, and heal many for generations to come.