Hi! I’m Claudia, founder and CEO of Dinner Is Serve. I live with my husband Nathan and our two small boys in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Our family loves weekends away and with two young children self-catering works best for us; we can easily fix the kids a quick meal, they can make as much noise and mess as they like without having us rein them in all the time, and best of all, we often go away with friends and we can relax and catch up with a glass of wine over dinner while the kids are asleep.
On the drive home after a weekend away in 2016, my husband started talking about how amazing our weekend had been, how lucky we’d been with the house, how quick it had been to walk to the beach, and how relaxed he felt, when it dawned on me that I didn’t. Feel relaxed, that is. I felt resentful. My weekend had been spent driving to and from the grocery shop, cooking meals and tidying the kitchen. I didn’t feel relaxed or recharged at all. I felt exhausted.
Full disclosure, my husband’s great. He’s kind, fun, incredibly supportive and an amazing dad to our two children. But no matter how hard we try, when we go away, the lion’s share of the meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking still seems to fall on me. (he would argue that I don’t have to pack the car… but still). And my frustration doesn’t stop there. I resent having to buy pantry items, stuff I already have in the cupboard at home and I’m ashamed of the food waste when we leave, we’re often forced to throw out uneaten food and half-filled jars.
If we eat out, we’re on a primary schooler’s time and at the behest of a four year old who makes Pol Pot look easy going. I don’t have anything against ordering in a takeaway but it’s not always possible to get deliveries, and I don’t want to eat it every night we’re away.
I figured if I felt like this, surely others did too. And I started dreaming about weekends away in some of the stunning self-catered accommodation available in Australia, where on my arrival the fridge was already stacked with tasty, healthy home-cooked meals that needed only to be reheated come dinner time; where there was a delicious selection of wines in the fridge and everything I needed for a cheeseboard in the making, because your holiday should begin the moment you arrive, not after the frantic first day supermarket scramble.
That’s the story of how Dinner Is Served was born. It’s not just about conveniently buying great meals; it’s about everyone, especially you, getting more out of your family holiday.
It’s also about doing what we can to reduce food waste, to support local growers and to find a more sustainable way of feeding our families on holiday, without compromising on quality and convenience.
I hope you’ll give us a try, we’re here for you.