Organic Dining Arrives on Long Island

On busy Glen Cove Road in Greenvale, an exciting business is shifting how Long Islanders eat. Full House Organic, a new dine in/take out establishment that opened in January, is serving everything from pizza to chicken soup. Owned by husband-and-wife team Judy and Gavin Racz, the organic spot was designed with the health and convenience of the customer in mind.

“The idea is to get high quality organic food to people easily,” explained Judy Racz. “I think the idea I’m trying to get out is that organic, healthy food can taste good.”

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Full House Organic prepares food with grass-fed meats and dairy from grass-fed cows, utilizes local poultry and sources products from smaller organic companies when possible. The menu is designed around showcasing the organic possibilities. Diners can create their own organic salad, enjoy sandwiches like the organic meatball marinara baguette or indulge in organic baked chicken wings.

One of Full House Organic’s most popular items right now is the organic turkey meatballs in marinara sauce. And as far as vegetables and side dishes, there are options like sautéed organic kale with garlic and oil as well as curried organic cauliflower.

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But whatever the craving, the Raczs want to make sure there is something for everyone be it vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. The couple is also making sure that everything Full House Organic does has health in mind.

“We don’t just do organic food, we use purified water through reverse osmosis to cook.” As a result, “our soups are based in pure water, not tap water.”

When it comes to packaging, the Raczs do not use any plastic, which allows them to reduce both their environmental impact and prevent plastic from melting and therefore leaching into hot foods like soup.

In addition to dining in and taking out, Full House Organic offers delivery to the surrounding area. Right now, the delivery zone extends about four miles to include towns such as Oyster Bay and Port Washington. “As we grow, we’ll have to re-access the delivery zone.”

The growth occurring is both inside and outside the establishment. Full House Organic is in the process of having their kitchen certified organic. To receive this certification, every ingredient used must be sourced to prove that it’s organic.

The Raczs will also be opening an organic market in the Village of Roslyn this summer. The market will be more “grab and go,” offering prepared foods and groceries including organic produce. It will even be tech savvy “merging online and in-store shopping” as customers can begin their shopping online and either complete it when they come to the store (selecting additional items), or select delivery to have groceries delivered to their home within a two hour window.

As one can imagine, the Raczs are very busy, but very motivated to make organic dining and shopping big on Long Island. While they are preparing for the market to open, the four-month-old eatery is settling into a rhythm and finding a customer base.

“People are very excited. They say they’ve been waiting years for something like this to open, which helps us to keep being excited about it and pushing forward with the grocery.”