MEET OUR FAMILY
Likely the most active family (lacrosse, tennis, soccer) on Long Island, the Paniccia kids eat and work at Organic Krush. They can be found devouring the Fat Albert (just ask!), the Chop Salad and açai bowls. Fran is an OK founder and our #1 granola tester!
The youngest and sweetest kids in the bunch, the Tchinnis kids were instrumental in developing OK’s smoothie recipes and açai bowl topping choices. Their palates rival those of their mom and dad! Chef James Tchinnis is an OK founder and our executive chef.
In August of 2014, Fran and Michelle decided it was time to follow through on a conversation they had been having for quite some time: the possibility of opening a healthy eatery where they could get a healthy lunch, organic coffee and a family dinner they would feel good about serving their children.
A month later they found their spot—108 Woodbury Road, a large space filled with natural light. A lease was signed and they started making plans. First step: Who would cook the food? While they both love to cook healthy for their families, neither had the experience to cook for a restaurant. It was time to find a chef…
With minimal convincing and much enthusiasm, chef James Tchinnis, founder and owner of Swallow Restaurant, came on board He took their ideas and brought them to the next level of craftsmanship. Within weeks a menu was built along with a plan to master the intricate process of cold-press juicing. Nine months later, on May 8, 2015, Organic Krush opened its doors to the love of a passionate community and the founders incredibly supportive families.
Michelle, Fran and James each had our own path in life, but it’s as a trio that they built this organic community concept based on food, juice and love.