It all started in 1997 with a phone number in a trash can. It’s true. At the time, our owners were running a small nutrition consulting business called “LifeZone.” But when John discovered the discarded phone number, everything changed. With a simple follow up call, he found himself on the phone with the wife of Lorenzo di Bonaventura*, then president of feature films at Warner Brothers. She wanted someone to make healthy meals for him, along with his friend Joel Silver, because there wasn’t time to do it themselves. Thus was born the first incarnation of our company: “The Delivery Zone.”
Initially, meals were made by an outside catering company, but this proved too hard to manage. Soon after, John and Carl rented a small kitchen from a bar, hired a chef, and the business started rolling in. By the time their sixth client called, and introduced herself as Sandra Bullock, they knew they had something special.
Within the next two years, The Delivery Zone graduated to offices on Sunset Boulevard. With plenty of space and a growing client base, they had the resources necessary to bring on an executive chef, a complete kitchen staff, a delivery department, and even hire a full time programmer and design team.
By 2002, The Delivery Zone was established as the premier healthy meal delivery service in Los Angeles. As trendsetters and originators of the concept, more and more companies began to replicate their business model. It became clear they would need to change the name of the company to set themselves apart. The new name? Sunfare.
Today, Sunfare serves over 1,000 people every day. We have offices in Los Angeles and Phoenix, and continue to define the direction of our burgeoning industry. Our plans for the future are to grow bigger and better with each passing year, but we will always remain grounded in our humble beginnings and be concerned with only one thing: the satisfaction of our clients.
*To this day, John and Carl stay in contact with our first customers, whom they consider friends and mentors. They extend a special thanks to those first few people who gave them, and all of us, a chance.