NEWPORT, Ky. (WXIX) – Putting food on the table and balancing healthy meals at the end of a long day can be a daily challenge, but two powerhouses teamed up to make it a little easier.
Jennifer Eisenstein and Alison Cloudus started preparing dinner for the doorbell five years ago. They deliver fresh meals directly to customers’ doors from the Incubator Kitchen Collective in Newport.
As Crowdus explains, Crowdus and Eisenstein have become a dream team, even though they are complete opposites.
But when they launched Dinners to Doorbells together, their differences became a perfect match.
A service that allows people to order pre-made healthy meals weekly and have them delivered directly to their homes.
The two first met in the incubator kitchen as they were starting their own personal food preparation business.
Crowdus is a chef for a catering company and a world record-breaking competitive weightlifter.
“I’m the 10th woman in the world to bench press 500 pounds, so that’s probably my biggest claim to fame,” explains Crowdus. “I train in one of the best gyms in the world in Columbus.”
In addition to her tough training, Crowdus, a vegan athlete, has to focus on what she’s consuming.
“I’m on a very strict diet, so I always prepare meals for myself, and I’m already a chef working in food,” Crowdus said.
While she was starting her own company, Power Packed Meals, Crowdus met Eisenstein, who left her marketing job at Procter & Gamble to pursue her love in the kitchen.
“It was a huge leap of faith, but I knew I wanted to help other families like me who were having trouble preparing dinner for their kids, or you know, eating healthy,” Eisenstein said.
While there have been challenges in adjusting from the COVID-19 pandemic to rising food prices, both women said it was a risk worth taking.
They say their next goal is to expand Dinner to Doorbells to more cities.
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