The Viva Story
The Culinary Journey
Take your companions on an indulgent journey with a meal to satisfy the spirit along with the taste buds. Open the door to unexpected joy and surprises by transforming an ordinary meal into a festival of the senses! Viva Gourmet is an epicurean paradise of products and solutions that aren’t available at your local grocery store. We offer the ultimate selection of prized items found worldwide such as Foie Gras, truffles, and wild mushrooms. Our selections also include high quality heritage breed game, meats, and poultry.
All the best for the enjoyment of you and your guests!
The sight, scents, and tastes of the extraordinary permeate our spirit in unforgettable ways. Viva Gourmet celebrates fine foods and special company with passion. “Viva” translates as “life” – in life, a true gourmet will provoke a sense of wonder and joy with a beautiful presentation and a deliberate combination of flavors in honor of his or her guests.This innovative partnership formed between Larry Motzel and Edee Robinson brings Viva Gourmet to life and to you. They share a love and knowledge for quality food paired with appreciated guests. Their passion for gastronomical enjoyment has resulted in a delightful resource for today’s food enthusiasts. Their creation offers inspiration to everyone with the heart and soul of a true gourmet.
Larry’s vision for celebrating life at the table was born from his love of discovering fine foods. For more than 15 years, he has procured gourmet ingredients for 4 and 5 star dining establishments. By basing his business at one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, he has enjoyed forging friendships with renowned chefs along the journey. Viva Gourmet customers benefit from this high level of culinary experience, Larry’s professional relationships, and Edee’s ardor for home entertainment. Together, they provide the perfect opportunity to help people find comfort and inspiration in serving special meals to their friends and loved ones.
We appreciate every customer. Your order is prepared with care and in the spirit of the artisans who crafted its contents. It’s our privilege to share the stories of the artisanal farmers and ranchers that harvest and produce our finest selections. We hope your own combination of remarkable people and special ingredients will inspire magical conversations and fond memories at your table. The celebration begins the moment you receive your package!
The Host of Viva Gourmet
As a fifth generation Floridian from Mt.Dora, Edee Robinson was inspired by her grandmother. Mrs. Mary Simpson was known for her appreciation of the traditions of Southern hospitality. After studying fashion and design in Paris during the roaring twenties, Mrs. Simpson enjoyed hosting memorable parties in the family home which showcased her many artistic talents.
Edee’s inspiration for creating memorable dining experiences stems from her own enjoyment at their cherished family dining table. Her husband, Tom, crafted the table from aged lumber which he carefully retrieved from the bottom of a lake on the family property. The Robinson’s knew the lumber came from a turn-of-the-century sawmill which Edee’s great-great-grandparents owned and used to build area homesteads. Edee and Tom’s shared passion for friends and family led to many wonderful memories at this table. From casual paper-plate cookouts to formal dining with crystal and china, the table has been at the center of many family celebrations, including their wedding reception!
Today, Edee and Tom live in the lovely home that extends the legacy of the Simpson family. Situated near the peaceful waters of a beautiful lake, the Robinson’s turned their cabana and deck into an outdoor living room which attracts frequent guests. Cocktails often lead to dinners prepared with gourmet items kept on hand in the pantry. Edee always looks forward to those perfect opportunities to treat loved ones to something special. Helping others experience those memorable moments is a gift that is shared through Viva Gourmet.
Viva Gourmet is the recipe for memorable meals. Our products are always shipped fresh and are of the highest quality. Your items are custom packed into reusable insulated containers to ensure a quality delivery from our site to yours. Designed with gift-giving in mind, we hope to delight your senses as soon as the box is opened.
Our partners are artisan producers who take great pride and care in their craft. Fresh meat arrives from our preferred farmers or ranchers who choose to raise heritage breed animals for their unique characteristics and amazing flavor. Many of these meats are healthier than supermarket meats which often sacrifice quality for faster meat production. These slow growing breeds taste better and even have healthier fat!
Viva Gourmet Supports Food for the Poor
Your purchases enable Viva Gourmet to support assorted causes such as,Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States. Their programs provide for food, housing, clean water, education, emergency help, and microenterprise assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information, please click this link for
We also support local food banks, and Hospice.