December Business of the Month—Alimento

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“I learned about Clatsop Community Bank from Micha and Jen (owners of Street 14 in Astoria),” said Andy Catalano, who owns Alimento, a local organic meal kit business.

“My relationship with Clatsop Community Bank is a very easy one,” Andy said. “It’s one of the few aspects of my business that is always stress-free.” The fact that the bank is locally owned is also important, particularly because Andy’s business is focused exclusively on local relationships.

“I enjoyed getting to know all of the local growers while I was a chef, and wanted to continue those relationships,” he said. “I also wanted to get food from the farms directly to people, so they can enjoy their meals with a greater sense of place.”

Andy works with a dozen or more farmers each week to source local, organic foods that make up the meal kits he prepares for his customers. The kits include Andy’s own recipes for utilizing the food in the kit, as well as ingredients for two portions each of three different meals.

Andy and his wife came to Astoria from New York City. The pair met while working at New York’s Gramercy Tavern, and after six years in the city, decided it was time for a change. After a stop in Portland, the two moved to Astoria and couldn’t be happier.