I’m Chef Jessica Ashley- owner, creative director, buyer and so much more behind Boxed Expressions! I reside in the beautiful windy city of Chicago with my husband, rambunctious 4-yr. old son & lover of ‘slime’ 11-yr. old daughter but often daydream of living somewhere TROPICAL year round.
I’ve ALWAYS had an obsession for food & ALL things tasty! After completing my undergrad degree from Florida A&M University, I enrolled at Kendall College Culinary School. Culinary School was fun...a lot of FUN! I spent 15 months honing my skills in Culinary Arts & Baking and Pastry. After graduating from Kendall College, I started a custom cake business and really enjoyed tying my client’s innovative and sometimes wacky ideas onto my blank canvas - 'the cake'. After almost 10 years of being covered in flour, delivering 5-6 tier cakes and eating cupcakes all day…I was ready for something different.
The idea for this company came to mind when searching for a birthday GIFT for a friend. After spending almost 2 hours running from store to store and gathering the best CULINARY related products, I had an 'Awe Ha' moment. Buying just '1’ GIFT wasn't enough so I left the store with 4 GIFTS, arranged it beautifully in a GIFT BOX & my friend was thrilled! I was able to create a special EXPERIENCE based on food related products that I knew she loved! She even invited me over DINNER the following week...win,win for me:)
Boxed Expressions offers a wide range of beautiful CURATED CULINARY GIFT BOXES containing quality products for people who enjoy an ELEVATED DINING EXPERIENCE as well as those that love receiving GIFTS.
Our vision is simple: to offer an EXPERIENCE through our beautifully CURATED GIFT BOXES while putting BIG SMILES on faces. We aim to save you time, remove the stress and CURATE beautiful CULINARY GIFT BOXES for your loved ones to indulge, enjoy & experience!
Allow us the Privilege to be your CULINARY GIFT BOX Concierge!
* When you shop with us, you are also supporting other businesses with big dreams!