Food Should Be Delicious!

Eating should be joyful, whether you’re biting into a perfectly-ripe, juicy strawberry or tasting the season’s first locally-harvested sweet corn. OurHarvest was founded under the premise that the fresher your food is, the more delicious and nutritious it will be.  Our dream is for you and your family to sit around the dinner table enjoying the very best food our region has to offer.

Food Should Unite the Community!

The problem:
The food that typically arrives on supermarket shelves or in the warehouse of large online grocers is not only old (and therefore less delicious), but it also propagates a food system that is bad for everyone – farmers, consumers, and the community.  It can take weeks, sometimes with your food travelling across oceans, to get from the farm to a store. In that system, the farmer makes pennies, flavor and nutrition deteriorate, pollution and transportation impacts increase, and you have no real idea who grew your food, how it was grown, or how many hands touched it between farmer and you. Another deeply troubling, food-related issue plaguing our country is hunger. Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans, including 16 million children, goes to bed hungry each night?

The OurHarvest Solution:
By working directly with small family farmers in our communities and delivering your food, sometimes just hours after it is harvested, we have created a system that is a WIN for farmers, a WIN for consumers, and a WIN for the community.  Farmers are able to get a larger share of the retail price of their products and grow produce for quality, flavor, and sustainability rather than its ability to survive shipment.  Our customers receive fresher, more delicious food at fair prices.  The community benefits by supporting our neighboring farms, and, more directly, through our meal donation program, wherein we donate a meal to a food bank or food pantry for every order over $25.

Michael Winik

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Michael is an avid amateur fisherman and aspiring grill master. From local food trucks to high end restaurants, Michael loves scouring the globe in search of the most interesting and delicious food he can find. As a co-founder of OurHarvest, Michael is passionately determined to bring fresh, high quality food to all Americans and to work with farms to create long-term sustainable food systems. Prior to co-founding OurHarvest, Michael worked at Evercore Partners for 8 years, where in addition to advising some of the world’s largest companies, he ran the firm’s analyst recruiting and #1 ranked internship program.

Michael is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Finance and Management. While at Penn, he also earned a B.A. in Political Science. He currently serves on the board of directors of IAHD, a $50M organization that provides social services for the developmentally disabled in the Bronx and Westchester.

Signature Dish: Grilled Bone-In Rib Steak

Scott Reich

Co-Founder

Scott is an attorney, author, and perpetually disappointed NY sports fan. A former game show contestant and winner of the '93 Willets Road Junior High Spelling Bee, Scott left his law practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to pursue his dream of starting a company that makes a difference. Prior to co-founding OurHarvest, Scott authored an acclaimed book about public service called The Power of Citizenship and appeared on many national and local TV outlets, including NBC, CBS, FOX, Bloomberg, and Larry King Now.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.A. in History and Communication. He went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class. He presently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Stephanie Balint

President and Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie is a food fanatic, fitness junkie, and lover of the performing arts. Having grown up with an extended family of farmers, she is passionate about supporting local farms and eating food that is as natural, seasonal, and sustainable as possible. As President and COO of OurHarvest, Stephanie’s responsibilities range from day-to-day logistics and supplier management to business development and partnerships to finance and strategy. Prior to joining OurHarvest in April 2015, Stephanie spent 6 years in investment banking at Evercore Partners and Berkshire Capital Securities, advising companies in the financial services sector on mergers and acquisitions.

Stephanie graduated from Duke University summa cum laude with a B.S. in Economics. She currently serves on the Head’s Council at Hathaway Brown School, an all-girls school in Shaker Heights, Ohio, of which she is an alumna.

Signature Dish: Buckeyes

Jenna Liut

Head of Community Marketing and Communications

Jenna is a chef, runner, podcaster, and dinner party enthusiast. When she isn’t talking about OurHarvest, you can find her talking about food policy in her weekly podcast on Heritage Radio Network, interviewing renown thought-leaders, academics and journalists about today’s most pressing food issues. She is passionate about finding creative, scalable and sustainable solutions that address the myriad issues in our broken food system, and is a big believer in the ability of companies with socially responsible missions’ ability to do so.

Jenna has experience working in both the public and private sector of the food industry as an external affairs and marketing specialist, most recently consulting in a variety of capacities for food startups, nonprofits and CPG companies. Prior to this, she spent almost six years working for the Bloomberg Administration, both in the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy and at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). While at City Hall, Jenna directly supported the head of food policy, a Mayoral appointee, in overseeing all of the Bloomberg Administration’s healthy food access, food insecurity, and food system sustainability programs and policies. At DOHMH, she worked on a CDC grant-funded initiative, advising health departments and school districts throughout the country on strategies for procuring healthier, regionally-sourced food while increasing school meal participation rates. Jenna has a Master in Public Administration degree from New York University and culinary training from the International Culinary Center (formerly, the French Culinary Institute).

Signature Dish: Cassoulet

Rebecca Beyer Winik

Director of Photography and Design

Signature Dish: Mac & Cheese

Nick Jablonsky

Operations Manager

Nicolas is a lifelong adventurer and proverbial jack-of-all-trades. From mechanical exploration to philosophical inquiry, anyone would be hard pressed to find a subject matter Nick doesn’t find engaging. After having studied psychology at a university in Florida and working through school as a computer technician, Nick has moved on to gain experience in a field more suited to his literal tastes. Coming from a family with a rich history of culinary exploration, Nick makes it a priority to not only seek out the best foods imaginable but, to pass on the healthiest and most flavorful ingredients possible. Discovering such a pivotal company like OurHarvest helps him to do exactly that while also allowing him to continue serving communities in need! Every holiday season friends and family ask Nick to share a new and exciting plate yet he finds himself continually drawn back to his signature dish, parmesan chicken francese.

Signature Dish: Parmesan Chicken Francese