Getting a meal on the table every day can be a challenge, even for someone who likes to cook. There seems to be some law of the universe that siblings can’t like the same food. There’s also the complication of catering to various diets and preferences — paleo, vegan, keto, vegetarian and gluten-free, to name a few.
Shelene Rice and Marilyn Roseburrough, co-owners of Perfect Dish, are here to help. Their business prepares and delivers meals to be reheated and consumed at home.
These working moms met as vendors at the Vancouver Farmers Market. Roseburrough’s daughter brought the women together by eating bread samples from Rice’s Navidi Olive Oil booth, located directly across from Roseburrough’s space. Roseburrough had a gluten-free mix company (Kember’s) and a food prep and delivery business (Perfect Dish). When one of her regular meal delivery customers advised her to expand the business and find a partner, she immediately thought of Rice.
Rice received culinary training at Western Culinary Institute — Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (now Oregon Culinary Institute). She worked at Huber’s, Caprial’s Bistro and Grand Central Bakery. She explained, “I worked in restaurants, but the restaurant life isn’t for mothers.” She also was the cook at school cafeterias in Tigard, Ore. “I was the lunch lady for years,” she said. “I loved it.”
Rice and Roseburrough have different temperaments and skill sets that meld to form the perfect team. For their customers, the process starts with signing up on their website. It isn’t a subscription and customers aren’t obligated to buy anything. Customers receive a menu every Tuesday and orders — which must total $60 or more — must be placed by the end of the day on Thursday. Delivery is free for places in Vancouver; other areas (Camas, Hockinson, Portland) have an address-based delivery fee.