Our Story

In the pursuit of health and for the love of food.

Hand-crafted, Small batch, Seasonal, Local Food

Amy and Ofer Erez

Since our marriage in 1989 (32 years!), we have been pursuing a healthy lifestyle for ourselves, our family and to inspire our wellness clientele (www.SugiHealth.com) to follow in our footsteps.

We like to make as many foods as possible from scratch, while growing many ingredients in our organic, naturalized garden located on our half acre oasis in Pleasant Hill, CA (San Francisco Bay Area).

We are in a creative relationship with the earth, through the garden and into the kitchen. Small scale, organic food production from start to finish gives us many benefits – time together in the outdoors, in the kitchen and around the table. Learn more about the Journey of Creation (Vinegars, Pestos and Miso) to prepare our products.

What better way to form community than by sharing food? Join us in supporting and celebrating food that is absolutely delicious and healthy for ourselves and the planet!

Amy Erez

Amy finds her food inspiration in the garden each season. Such abundance is available through the fruit trees, grape vines, annual vegetables, and seasonal volunteers!

When faced with more than the family can eat, Amy looks around to discover how to use the garden produce for everyone’s enjoyment. As a result, Sugi Garden Kitchen makes a variety of flavor-enhancing vinegars – Fig, Jalapeño Garlic Lime, Basil and more! Our delightful Sugi Garden Sippers, fun Vanillas,  delicious Ice Creams, and the unique Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pesto are all Amy’s creations.

The healing plants Calendula and Sage grow happily in the Sugi Garden giving us ingredients for food-quality Body Care products, too. Check out the Calendula & Sage Oil to keep your skin glowing!

Ofer Erez

Ofer’s earthy, calm nature is nurtured in the Sugi Garden as he spends many hours tending to the plant life that sustains us spiritually and physically throughout the year!

Ofer loves the slower, more meticulous styles of cooking.  Ofer’s incessant curiosity and enjoyment of experimenting brought us Sugi Garden Kitchen’s delectable, mouth-watering Dark Chocolate Fudges, the umami-filled Miso, and the multi-purpose Garlic Balsamic Vinegar.

Yo’el Erez

Yo’el is the consummate foodie. He loves to cook and eat the highest quality foods, all types of cuisines from all over the world! He is our go to man when we’re developing new products. His well developed palate helps us to refine the flavors, textures and overall quality of our foods.

Sushi classes with Yo’el and Amy have been a hit with our customers.

Yo’el is also is our back end guy – taking care of many of the technological needs of our sites. Look for Yo’el when he accompanies Amy at our booth at various events throughout the year!

We hope you enjoy your excursions in the Sugi Garden with us!

Ofer, Yo’el and Amy Erez

925.934.3120 or Amy@SugiGarden.com