Our bodies are amazing regenerative machines which, with the right fuel, are built to last a long time and need very little in the way of artificial preservation, vis-a-vis medication necessitated by poor diet. At Crude Food our desire is to help our clients eat well by using the freshest, most natural ingredients that make good food taste amazing.
At Crude Food our most important asset is the love of what we do and the commitment to excellence. From sourcing, to receiving, to preparation, to delivery, we are committed to excellence in product and customer service. Our founder, Charmaine DaCosta, is an exceptional self-taught chef and long-time champion of healthy tasty meals. Her exacting standards are hard to meet much less surpass. In addition, Charmaine makes even the most mundane of dishes a memorable, talked-about gastronomic delight. Ask anyone who has tried her curried chicken, pesto and even her signature “Well Dressed Salad” and you will know what we mean.
Born in Jamaica, I grew up in the cool hills of rural St. Andrew, in a town called Mt. Friendship, drinking “lemonade” made with limes and brown sugar. In the fertile “gully” where my grandmother grew various produce, limes, oranges and grapefruit were abundant but lemons were few.
The sweet, tart drink, as I remember it, was delicious, refreshing and altogether satisfying. Imagine my surprise then when I first asked for lemonade in the United States. What I received in no way resembled what I had come to recognize as lemonade, neither in color, taste nor bouquet were they the same.
Although I later developed a taste for lemons, I really missed the homegrown version of my favorite drink, so I started making it whenever I would find limes at the market. I started making lemonade for my friends whenever I had a gathering at my house and they all loved it but did not identify it as lemonade.
The misnomer corrected to limeade, I realized that there was a space in the market for a really good limeade drink after having unsuccessfully tried to find one for years. Thus, Limation was born.