Two years ago, when Camille Chiarella started The Dinnerbelle (830-0100; www.thedinner-belle.com), which delivers fresh-cooked meals for four to customers' doors, her primary goal was to feed her own family.
"I started Dinnerbelle after too many hectic nights picking up fast food, spending way too much on takeout and not having time to sit down for a well-rounded meal with my family," Chiarella says. "I longed for that time with my family and knew others did as well."
The premise is simple: Each week, a different menu appears on the website. A meal for four ranges from $35 to $40 and includes options like lemon chicken with coconut rice and sesame green beans, or crawfish enchiladas. Prices include tax and delivery.
"Mom comes home, sticks it in the oven and 30 minutes later, you sit down to dinner," Chiarella says. "We make it to feed four adults, so if you have small children, you'll have more food. Most people have leftovers."
Chiarella cooks all the food herself in the kitchen of Riccobono's Peppermill Restaurant, which her grandparents opened 35 years ago. She starts at 6 a.m. and cooks until 2 or 3 p.m., when the meals are delivered. "I'm a one-woman show at this point," she says. "I love to cook. Food is definitely in my blood." — Wilkinson