Esther Chin was born in Malaysia and moved to the United States to complete her education at Western Michigan University, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations. After school, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a commission-only door-to-door salesperson for a year and then opened a concierge company supporting AirBnB property owners with all aspects of their listings. In 2018, after deciding it was time for a change, Esther sold her equity in the company and relocated to Vero Beach, FL.
Garden of Esther was born out of a passion for food. A foodie through and through, Esther loved to attend farmer’s markets. Her curiosity prompted her to start asking questions and looking closely at where her food came from. Eventually, inspired by the local Vero Beach farmer’s market, she started her own garden and discovered her green thumb! When it got to the point where she had more produce than she knew what to do with, she began experimenting with infusing homemade, fresh pasta with her herbs and veggies to create unique, flavorful dishes. One of those dishes happened to be fresh basil and garlic-infused pasta. Not realizing what was about to happen, Esther snapped a photo of her homemade, naturally-flavored fresh pasta and posted it to social media. The response was immediate and overwhelming! People began asking her if she could make more and if they could buy it. To perfect her fresh pasta recipe, she spent the next six months making pasta from scratch - try - taste - repeat, using herbs and vegetables right out of her garden.
As this simple love of food snowballed rapidly into a business, Wild Thyme Catering generously provided Esther with a certified kitchen to work out of, and she came full circle - actually becoming a vendor at the Vero Beach Farmers Market (Every Saturday 8 - noon at 2901 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach FL 32963 between October to June) where it all began.
Garden Of Esther believes in everyone enjoying high-quality, delicious food. “We produce a signature line of small-batch, fresh pasta for you to bring home to your table. With various flavors and options like traditional egg pasta, naturally flavored vegan pasta, gluten-free pasta, and superfood pasta, everyone will find something they love. Our egg pasta and vegan pasta are made with semolina flour, which is whole grain and high in fiber. Our gluten-free pasta is made with garbanzo bean flour (chickpea flour) and is high in protein, so you can eat happily without sacrificing health! We also make homemade Italian meatballs, fresh Genovese basil pesto, and butternut squash gnocchi (seasonal).
We have an absolutely incredible Treasure Coast community that loves food. We bring a new assortment of flavors for people to take home and try out, providing variety that isn’t easy to find. Thanks to the support of the community, the Farmers Market, and local chefs and restaurants carrying our fresh pasta, Garden of Esther has flourished!”
Today, her business has grown and expanded into retail and restaurant wholesale. She now has her own kitchen in a brick-and-mortar retail pasta shop and gourmet Italian market at 1016 21St Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (on U.S.1 between 10th Ave and 11th Ave). Her husband Andres, a private chef, has joined the team and is now the CEO and Chief Flavor Officer, continually adding to their line of uniquely flavored pasta.
In addition to an extensive array of uniquely creative, flavored pasta (like our lemon & artichoke, porcini mushroom & garlic, or saffron pasta), our Gourmet Market also carries premium products such as imported Italian and Spanish charcuterie deli meats (Soppressata: Sweet & Hot, Salametti Secchi, Salame Felino PGI, Prosciutto Cotto, Salame Rustico: Lightly Spiced, Mortadella, Salame Milano, Coppa, Prosciutto, and Ibérico Ham, Loin & Chorizo), imported Italian cheeses (Parmigiano-Reggiano D.O.P., Moliterno, Pecorino with Truffle, Provolone, Taleggio D.O.P., Saracino with Red Pepper) and a variety of high-quality products that will continue to expand.
“At Garden of Esther, we marry exceptional ingredients and conscious food choices with the unparalleled sensual pleasure of creating and sharing an incredible meal with the people you love."
It is our dream to serve our customers as a Garden of Creation and Inspiration. We want to be the invitation for others to step out of their comfort zone, understand that good food does not only consist of eating at a Michelin Star restaurant, and inspire them to try cooking at home.
We want to lead people into connection with their bodies, their ingredients, the earth, and each other by providing incredible pasta products that are healthy and delicious, sourced responsibly, and service a wide variety of customers with specific dietary requirements.
Ultimately, we work every day at crafting new fresh pasta recipes that will inspire people to cook and eat not because they have to but because they want to. We are constantly upgrading our menu, testing new recipes, expanding our wholesale and retail lines, working to better ourselves and connect with our community. To take a page from Howard Schultz: We are not in the pasta business serving people; we are in the people business serving pasta.
With these dreams and values, we aim to become the premier provider of uniquely creative, naturally flavored, healthy, fresh pasta - inspiring our community to elevate their eating experience and raise their food consciousness.”
Gourmet Speciality Market
Address: 1016 21St Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 - look for the BLUE BUILDING. We are on U.S.1 between 10th Ave and 11th Ave.
Open Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 6:30pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm.
Order online at www.gardenofether.com for in-store pickup or home delivery. Areas we currently service are Orlando & Southeast Florida (Melbourne, Palm Bay, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, & Miami)
You can also find Garden of Esther fresh pasta in-store and at retailers and restaurants throughout Florida.
Experience the unique flavors yourself by going to any of the restaurants we supply with our fresh pasta, including:
• BiCE Ristorante Palm Beach (West Palm Beach)
• Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach (West Palm Beach)
• The Wave Kitchen & Bar at Costa d’Este (Vero Beach)
• Citron Bistro (Vero Beach)
• Vincent’s Pizzeria (Vero Beach)
• Edgewood Eatery (Vero Beach)
• Quail Valley at The Pointe (Vero Beach)
• Spritz City Bistro (Stuart)
Pick up your favorite fresh pasta variety at these retailers:
• Peterson Groves (Vero Beach)
• Crab E Bills IRC (Sebastian)
What advice does Esther have for aspiring entrepreneurs? “Life is too short to wake up with regrets; live your dream and wear your passion,” she said. “Action is the key to all success and, whatever you do, do it from the heart. Live your life fearlessly, step out of your comfort zone, and take risks. If you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take and the decisions we waited too long to make.”