Eric Kuchar, Patti Southworth, Pete Bardunias, Joanne Yepsen, Carla Kuchar and Karen Folger

Good Eats with ‘Zest’

BALLSTON SPA — Local elected officials, including Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth and Saratoga Supervisor Joanne Yepsen, as well as members of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and special guests officially opened Zest with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 7.

According to a press release, Zest is a new family-owned personal chef and catering company for pick up or eat-in homemade lunches, and take home delectable dinner and dessert specialties, all prepared with the finest natural, mostly local ingredients.

Proprietor Carla Kuchar and husband Eric Kuchar moved back to the Saratoga area from Middlebury, Vermont just three years ago. A well-established caterer there since 2007, Carla explained the concept of Zest in the press release.

“Zest is a place to eat in or take away a delicious, homemade lunch or to pick up something for dinner from an ever changing variety of deliciously homemade meals and desserts,” Kuchar said. “I use only all natural ingredients, primarily locally grown, which simply makes everything taste better. You really can taste the difference,” she adds.

The Kuchars are also available for catered affairs, from a dinner for 2 to a cocktail party for 300. The common denominator, said Kuchar, is quality, creativity and confidence – all of which come from a custom-designed menu and a single point of contact.

“What our clients love is that single point of contact,” Kuchar said. “I work with them to create a menu, prepare the food, and even serve it myself for a small group.”

Desserts range from signature chocolate Chambord cupcakes to all-butter scratch-baked fresh fruit pies that look as exquisite as they taste. Another house specialty is fresh berries on top of a ginger cream pie.

Zest is now open Monday through Friday 11a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with weekends reserved for catered affairs.

For more information call Zest at (518) 763-3500, or their website at Photos are found on Facebook at

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