Our vision at ATINA FOODS is to produce and share holistic food based on traditional knowledge systems using local produce when available, at affordable prices. We follow the sacred wisdom of the ancients, that food is medicine and medicine is food. Atina Foods began in 2015 by married team, Carrie Dashow and Suresh Pillai, in Catskill, New York. In a short span of two years we have successfully developed and marketed our unique products and have found great acceptance among our patrons mainly in the areas of upstate New York.
At present, ATINA FOODS produces vegan, vegetarian and mostly gluten free condiments, pickles chutneys, and snacks based on the ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, practiced widely and traditionally in Suresh's home state of Kerala, South India. Atina Foods uses home grown herbs and vegetables from our own garden and other locally sourced produce, when available, as well as some from their country of origin. We grow herbs such as Fenugreek, Mustard, Garlic and a host of vegetables that we use in our products and dinners. Using minimal oil and salt (minus salt pickles) and good quality ingredients, our food products include whole wheat, bean and home made rice flours. We aim to include local grains and legumes. As our business blossoms, our collaborations with farmers is also growing. We cook out of a certified kitchen in Saugerties NY.
Our product range presently consists of shelf stable jarred foods, supplemented with snacks and other edibles. With an interest in sharing the basics of these healthful practices, we have begun cooking lessons and host regular local family style pop up dinners when in season, using primarily food from our own garden.
ATINA is the legendary Corn Goddess of the Mohicans, whose land we live on. Please visit this beautiful story about her.
Who Are We
Carrie and Suresh are the team that runs Atina Foods and Emporium. They met in a cyclone and have been continuing the tradition ever since in their new found native homeland of Upstate, New York. From their small property speckled with gardens and birds while they watch the wall of Manitou, they are watched over by our deity, the Madonna, or Atina, Corn Goddess of the Mohicans.
With a background as a performance, media and visual artist, Carrie has taught arts and media to students of all ages and continues to produce performance and participatory artworks. You can see some of her projects on her website.
Suresh hails from Kerala, South India, homeland to the traditional practices of Ayurveda. As a consummate cultural practitioner, he has been engaged in numerous projects from building community museums to making films. He learned to cook traditional foods at a young age from the women in his household and has traveled extensively, picking up methods of making great tastes along the way.