Living life in beautiful Melbourne, Australia, with her husband Mike, Ashley Alexander enjoys exploring their hometown in all its diversity; finding beautiful shops with local wares and visiting lovely cafes and restaurants. After continual encouragement from family and friends, her fantastic food blog, Gather & Feast was born. It’s a place where she cooks, bakes and documents each and every experience, styling the end results to perfection.
“I am very thankful for all the valuable time spent and the lessons we learnt. Mum always taught us to cook using natural and healthy ingredients and instilled in us the value of whole and organic foods.”Ashley Alexander | Source: gatherandfeast.com.
As a self-taught cook, Ashley spent a lot of her early years learning in the kitchen. Her mum enjoyed teaching her brother, sister and her to cook from a young age, preparing three course meals for dinner parties by the time they were twelve.
This is how Ashley explains her brand name to us: “Gather & Feast was inspired by a thought of the multifaceted meaning of to gather and feast. The gathering together of beautiful food, and also the gathering together of friends and loved ones. To feast, to celebrate, to share, to enjoy, to love.”
gather – verb \gath·er \ˈga-thər also ˈge-\
To bring things or people together into a group. To choose and collect (things). To get or take (things) from different people or places and bring them together.
feast – noun \ˈfēst\
A special meal with large amounts of food and drink. An elaborate and usually abundant meal often accompanied by a ceremony or entertainment. Something that gives unusual or abundant enjoyment, a visual feast. A periodic observance commemorating an event or honoring a person, or thing.
Her aim with her personal food blog is to share wholesome and nutritious recipes with her readers, using natural ingredients and fresh in-season produce. She hopes to encourage passionate food people to gather and feast with the ones they love in a beautiful, fun and stress-free way and enable them to enjoy food that is visually pleasing as well as delicious and nutritious.
Your must-have entertaining tool:
The perfect serving boards and dishes. Rustic wooden boards and beautifully handcrafted dishes are an easy way to add colour and texture to a table. I have an obsession with homewares. My collection of bowls, plates and vintage cutlery is ever growing!
Your signature entertaining dish:
One of my signature dishes is ironically one of the easiest to prepare! It is simply a large platter of fresh and dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate and any other fun food items I can find in the pantry, all piled high on a beautiful rustic board.
Always in your refrigerator:
Sparkling water, fresh berries, almond milk, greens, parmesan cheese and eggs.
Your dream dinner guests:
I would love a big collective dinner with the many creative souls around the world that I have grown to love and admire… oh and my favourite, Mimi Thorisson (actually I would love to be a dinner guest of hers!)
We promise, if you stumble upon Ashley’s Gather & Feast Instagram account, there will be excessive scrolling involved, as you’re completely mesmerized by her food art. Click through her blog to see how she masters simple, effortless entertaining, as she hosts one of her gorgeous gatherings that’s also a true feast for the eyes.
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