Featuring: Eleissa Buddress from Pick Your Dish
Do you ever feel like this during dinner time?
What household with children doesn’t feel this way from time to time? I know my house is like this (mostly for my husband who does all the cooking!)
Pick Your Dish food delivery service is a new service that offers an alternative to the normal two choices of cooking or eating out. Pick Your Dish delivers homemade, nutritious meals to designated pick up spots around the Portland area (Beaverton, Tigard etc). You order on Thursday. Eleissa puts the orders together over the weekend, shops and then makes your meals to be picked up on a specific day.
Doesn’t this sound perfect for expecting and new parents? Parents and friends of families that have newborn baby(ies) can order meals, have someone pick them up, and stock up their fridge so they have easy, healthy meals they just have to warm up. We think so, too. That’s why Pick Your Dish offers Birthing Stone Doula clients 15% off their first order! (Check with your doula for the discount code)
Our Portland postpartum doulas loved this idea, so we asked owner, Eleissa Buddress to share a bit more about her and her passion.
My profession: Entrepreneur/Chef
My passion is/the reason I do this work is:
I love to cook and help busy folks enjoy a freshly-prepared dinner at the end of their day.
What I want people to know about the service I offer:
We pride ourselves on using the freshest ingredients we can get our hands on. Our meals are made to order (and include a side dish to round out the meal), fully cooked, delivered cold-packed in insulated totes and just require reheating. They are delivered to set pick-up points in Beaverton, Tigard and SW Portland.
I support new families by:
Taking away the stress of preparing (and cleaning up!) evening meals, so they can spend time with the people who matter most to them.
1 or 2 myths about my service:
If you think the cost is out of reach, take note of the amount you are spending on take-out, dining out and/or pizza in a given week. The meals we prepare are the meals we serve our own family, and I find it nearly impossible to get a complete meal at/from a restaurant for ~$10/person…and our meals are freshly-prepared, free from preservatives, plus we bring them to you!
Also, some people think I make the meals out of my house, but in fact I lease space in a commercial kitchen in Tigard.
1-2 things I’ve learned from being a parent: It’s taken my type-A planning to a new level (which I never thought possible)!! I find myself only able to control the things I can control (read: not my children!) – and that for me is having dinner planned and prepped (better: cooked!) before I get home at the end of the day. These girls have changed my life in the most profound way, and it wasn’t until I really started thinking about providing balanced meals to them that meal-planning and dinner prep became paramount to stress-reduction during the ‘witching hour.’
My favorite place to go, or thing to do on vacation is:
Yes. 😉 Really, anytime we can get away from the stresses of the day-to-day, I am happy. As a family, we love the beach, Sunriver and Park City.
The most important thing I want you to know about me is: I love connecting with people. Every meal I prepare puts the people who will be eating it at the top of my mind. The fact that I can bring my passion for food to my customers is definitely a dream come true!!
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez
Random fun fact: I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV!
To contact me:
PO Box 25758, Portland, OR 97298;
S&H Foods (commercial kitchen where the meals are prepared): 16285 SW 85th Ave, Tigard, OR 97224
Links to research that supports my goal and mission:
The Importance of Eating Together
“The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. If they see their mothers and other women in their lives going forward despite fear, they’ll know it’s possible.” – Gloria Steinem
Any discounts or promotions you want to offer to our clients?
Our partnership with Birthing Stone Doula offers you 15% off of your first order. You can get the code from your doula!