I’m Chef Jessica Ashley the owner, creative director, buyer and so much more behind Boxed Expressions! I reside in the beautiful city of Chicago with my husband, rambunctious 3-yr. old son & lover of ‘slime’ 10-yr. old stepdaughter 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. 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 in the store gathering the best FOOD 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!
Boxed Expressions offers a wide range of beautiful CURATED CULINARY GIFT BOXES containing quality products for people that enjoy eating and those that love receiving GIFTS. We also host monthly Pop-Up Gift Box Experiences for those that want to get out, EAT, SHOP GIFT BOXES & repeat!
Our vision is simple: to tell a story and offer an EXPERIENCE through our 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!
Let us be your CULINARY GIFT BOX Concierge!
* When you shop with us, you are also supporting other businesses with big dreams!