I started Varah Gourmet Luxuries with a very simple idea - Gourmet Gifts can both look good and be good for you. Food-based gifting doesn’t need to be a choice between good looking and healthy.
I started back in 2016 by gifting a box of home-made stuffed dates to a diabetic friend. Sorry, Forrest Gump - life can be so much more than a box of chocolates!
They loved it. One thing led to another and before you know it, I had a small business.
My inspiration, like me, is largely South Asian. I’m of Indian origin, but have lived my life in Dubai, Boston and now in San Francisco. My menu has a little bit of each of these influences - the Stuffed Dates and Fruit and Nut bites are reminiscent of my time in the Middle East, the Paan is definitely Indian. My packaging is reminiscent of the festive boxes that my family used to gift during the festive seasons. And my brand, Varah, has Sanskrit roots - it means blessing.
My menu, like me is 100% vegetarian. Its also dairy-free and gluten-free, because I’m lactose intolerant and borderline gluten intolerant. Diabetes runs in the family, so most items in my menu are free of refined sugars as well.
As you can see, Varah is a lot more than a business to me. It is a reflection of who I am and my life experiences. I hope you enjoy these treats as much as I have enjoyed putting them together for you.
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