Investing in our community
Our story begins with my sweet "Tutu" (grandma), raised in Hawaii. Tutu was the sassy type - if you filled her water too full at a restaurant, she would let you know by pouring it out on the floor until it was at her desired level for easy drinking (...sorry, not sorry?). Tutu loved the social experience of great food and she made for certain my brothers and I weren't afraid to try something new. In fact, we had to try something new at just about every meal we went out to - like it or not!
At a young age of 76, tutu became ill and was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. During the last little bit of her life, our family took turns helping her - from grocery shopping to taxiing to Dr. appointments. Cooking was never tutu's strong suite and when she did not feel good enough to eat out any more, she ended up relying on low nutrient freezer meals and meal replacement drinks. After about five months, my sweet tutu passed away. Unbeknownst to our family, the cancer had spread too quickly.
No one can say for sure why cancer takes lives, but we do know that there is plenty of research out there proving whole foods can slow and even reverse cancer, heart disease, and others alike. Our bodies and minds flourish when we receive essential nutrients and the earlier we start taking care of ourselves, the longer we'll get to enjoy doing what we love. Pantry Fuel has a mission to better serve our community convenient, seasonal meals made from locally grown ingredients whenever possible. The closer food is grown to your home, the denser the nutrients and the more money's worth for you.
We're here to ease some of the pain for a family going through medical hardship - we want to take the meal planning off of your plate. We're here for the new mom who is busy taking care of her babies while still needing to fuel her body with healthy, whole foods. We're here for the busy athlete or business professional whose options are to come home to an empty fridge or grab crappy take-out or fast food again.
We work with 20+ local farmers and partners to bring seasonal recipes to life, supporting sustainable growing practices. Our menus are seasonally-driven to give you the best in nutrition. Local is defined as being 100 miles from Spokane, getting food from harvest to your table typically within 3 days.
Four times a year we change our menu with the season, giving you a variety of about 100 recipes to choose from annually. Our menu creation is focused on using whole foods, lean proteins, and what is available seasonally to us. Of course, our meals are delicious, made for you by our professional chef team.
We are able to eliminate much of our waste from fresh produce by using creative cooking methods and utilizing them, for example, in homemade stocks, soups, and even slaws or as garnishes. Our meal containers are reusable and recyclable and our insulated and paper bags are the same. We ask that our customers support our mission to be a sustainable driven company and help eliminate waste with us!
Pantry Fuel is investing in the health of our community to improve lives - one meal at a time!
MEET YOUR TEAM
Jennifer Stuchell, Queen Bee Food Slinger
I've always been passionate about learning and connecting with what I do and with family & friends on a deep, intentional level. Cooking is just part of the story - gardening, farming, and growing food is the connection we've been integrating with our passion and sharing this connection with our community. When I'm not in the kitchen or garden, you can find me playing piano, exploring the outdoors on ski, or running with my girls cross country team at Shadle high school. Cheers to your passions!
Aaron Ambute, Head Chef/Kitchen Chief
Food has been a passion of mine ever since I was a boy. I used to watch and help my Oma cook Sunday dinner when I was growing up in Germany. I moved to a small town in Illinois when I was in high school then joined the Navy shortly after graduation. After my service in the Navy, I worked in the tech industry several years until I decided to pursue my passion in food. I enrolled at The Art Institute of California San Diego and three years later I graduated with honors with an A.S. in Culinary Arts and B.S. in Culinary Management.
In 2012, my family and I moved to Cheney. We love living in the PNW. We love the community, the people, and the multitude of activities that we can pursue here. My kids love playing sports all year round, my wife coaches and lifeguards, and I play golf, and have recently gotten into amateur power lifting. When we have spare time, we like to explore the parks and train in Washington and North Idaho.
Since moving to Spokane I worked at several great restaurants but never really found my fit. In 2015, I quit working in restaurants and went back to tech work until I found Pantry Fuel. I was happy that I could find a place that fits and challenges me. It is my mission to create fantastic dishes that taste amazing and are also great for you!
Cynthia Monroe, Sous Chef/Delivery Guru
Chef Cynthia Monroe is an American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarian and graduated with honors in 2014 from the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. She has been a proud member of the ACF since 2012 and has been a Chef and Volunteer Coordinator for the past 5 years at both Regional and National annual ACF conventions.
Cynthia is married and has two dogs and a cat, and she loves the outdoors. She spent her childhood years in farming and rural areas so ingrained in her is a love for growing food and bringing meals from farm to table. Cynthia is dedicated to preparing the best and most flavorful meals using ingredients cooked with passion and love.