Golden Roots Kitchen is a flavor-driven, organic, prepared meal service that places quality of ingredients first. We believe that a healthy, active, and satisfying life begins with how well we are nourished. GRK features primarily plant-based dishes, as well as carefully selected pasture-raised animal proteins and wild fish, to offer customers an opportunity to curate their own weekly meal plan with ease and efficiency. Creative weekly menus are inspired by international cultures and packed with fresh herbs and spices. GRK was born out of the belief that food is the foundation of a strong community and one's health—and we are inspired to serve you through thoughtful and holistic meal preparation!
Joining Golden Roots means becoming part of a community that allows us to pool our resources together and cut down on our environmental footprint. With strong intention and some extra effort we can eliminate much of the packaging and waste that most meal kit services generate.
We use only reusable glass jars and compostable plant-based packaging for your meals. Each dish packaged in a jar has a $1 deposit fee included. Wash and return your jars and lids and we happily return your deposit. Our eco-friendly plant-based packaging is reusable and can be composted after use.
Taking the extra step of using traditional preparation methods that involve soaking and sprouting, means that vegetable-based proteins like nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes are much more digestible and bioavailable. We know from our personal experience that maintaining a primarily vegetable-based diet requires these extra steps to ensure proper nourishment that will ultimately allow for sustained energy, strong digestion, and healthy skin.
the founder, owner, and executive chef of Golden Roots Kitchen. Melanie is from Alamo, California, and her favorite GRK dish is the Kale Caesar—especially the dressing!
a member of our kitchen staff at GRK. Hailing from Charleston, West Virginia, her favorite Golden Roots dish is the Tom Kha Gai Soup.
a member of our kitchen staff at GRK, originally from San Diego, California. Her number one favorite GRK dish is the Sesame Pulled Chicken, with the Turkey Meatballs as a close second.
from San Jose, California, is a member of our kitchen staff. Her favorite GRK dish is a toss-up between the Kale Caesar dressing and the Ginger Chai Molasses Cookies.
a member of the kitchen staff, comes to us originally from Woodbury, Connecticut. His favorite GRK treat is the Ginger Chai Molasses Cookie—crisp on the outside, and chewy on the inside!
provides our sustainable packaging and delivery support! She’s from Scotts Valley, California, and her favorite dish is the Fogline Farm Ragu with Zucchini Noodles—and also the Chia Pudding!
our Community Outreach & Creative Projects Director, is a Santa Cruz native! Her favorite GRK dish is a toss-up between the Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin, the Agrodolce Delicata Salad, and the Chickpea Curry with Spinach.
our resident nutritionist, hails from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Her favorite dish is one of our major crowd-pleasers—the Black Bean Brownies.
Martina and Melanie forged a partnership in 2015 after attending Bauman College together. Martina is one of those "super tasters' who picks up on the subtleties of a dish and can appreciate both the complex and perfectly simple. Martina was instrumental in the creation of GRK and while she has moved on to start a family in San Jose, she continues to be a pillar of support for our business.