Francesca Gonzalez has been a banker for 10 years. To keep up with the demanding schedule and eat well at once, she would spend hours preparing meals throughout the week. Then I started preparing meals for friends because it was easier to cook and buy them in bulk.
“At this point, you’re making like a bunch of the same thing, or you’re spending a couple of days to make a lot of money going through that many ingredients. …So I did that a little bit until I decided what I was going to turn it into. Then, before I knew it, it just started.” At take-off,” Gonzalez said.
Getting ready for friends turned out to be selling takeaway meals on the floor of a high-rise building in Phoenix.
“It was just word of mouth,” Gonzalez explained, and she now has a storefront, a team of 10, and one of the largest meal-serving locations in the valley.
“I was doing everything myself and giving everything that allowed me to build relationships and lay a foundation for service,” she said. “[This] Allow me to move completely The right fuel Operation at the new Tempe site which has a larger kitchen and storefront.”
The move occurred in early 2020, and Gonzalez had hoped to turn his storefront into a coffee shop. However, these plans have been halted due to the pandemic and restrictions on eating indoors. Despite this initial setback, Gonzalez continued to build her team, creating advertisements and preparing meals for busy clients.
As of November, their coffee shop is up and running. They have a retail section and offer coffee, homemade breakfast food options and a range of fast food that changes every week through their rotating menu. Fuel to Fit Café in Tempe is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and meals are available on-site.
All meals are carefully balanced based on regular sized macros and the large options available. For example, a regular meal with chicken has about the same nutritional balance as a meal of fish or beef. All regular meals contain 3 to 4 ounces of protein, 1/2 cup of vegetables, and 1/2 cup of carbohydrates. Big meals are twice that, and the Fuel to Fit team keeps a wide range of meal options available.
The three meals she sells the most, Gonzalez says, are her weekly taco rotation, protein bowls, and a zoodle option (sliced zucchini like spaghetti noodles). Meals are cooked and prepared by the Fuel to Fit team twice a week to keep the selection fresh and exciting.
Meal packages start at $65, and individual à la carte meals are available starting at $9. Meals are easy to cook either by placing them in the microwave or heating them on a frying pan. Many meals are well frozen for later preservation, such as chili, Turkish beans, and Mongolian beef with stir-fried vegetables. Fuel to Fit also contains a range of snacks, sauces, drinks and other food items to make eating well a little easier.
This is not all that distinguishes them from national meal services. Fuel to Fit has an in-house meal delivery team—that’s convenient for anyone who has contacted several shipping companies to track down why their box of raw beef is six days late.
For the next step, Gonzalez is grateful to the Fuel to Fit team who made their operations what it is, and said, “I’m just really focused on providing great service to our local community.”
It’s safe to say the Fuel to Fit team is delivering.
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1900 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe
Store opening hours: Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm