JAlfreds Food Delivers The Farm To Your Family’s Table
By Michele Silver
Healthy, quality and local food has always been at the heart of Jessica Alfreds’ career as
a café owner and personal chef. In 2016, she parlayed her passions into JAlfreds Food—a
delivery service for fresh and prepared meals—that started with 22 customers and has
exponentially grown into more than 1,000.
Social media and word-of- mouth has driven this former NYC line cook into a successful
business woman who has harnessed the bounty of nearby growers to help Montclair and
surrounding towns eat better. Part of her company’s mission is to bring awareness to the
power that individual families have in the global food cycle.
“After my daughter was born, I wanted to go back to work, but clearly restaurant hours
were not going to work for me. I needed to get creative about how I was going to still do
work I enjoyed, while keeping my daughter my top priority,” Alfreds explained. “I
wanted to help people plan out their weekly menus with the best meat/fish/produce
available in our region during that particular week as well as the instructions they need to
be successful preparing it.”
There’s a bigger picture for her as well: “I love the sense of community that has
developed. My farmers and growers ask lots of questions about my customers; what they
did or didn’t like, and my customers feel good about providing a direct source of income
to local farms.”
Alfreds’ loves classic comfort food such as roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and
homemade ravioli while many of her customers aim for a mix of healthy options and
choices for their (sometimes pickier) children. Nearly everyone, she said, enjoys her homemade bread and rolls.
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