Bre Parkes’s catering company Gather and Graze went from side hustle to full-time job last November, after less than a year. How? Have a scroll through the impeccably styled, larger-than-life grazing tables on her Instagram page.
On the up and up, last week she moved into a newly minted space on King William Road that’s part cafe, part “catering headquarters”.
Parkes was operating out of a friend’s cafe (after hours) when her soon-to-be landlord popped up in her inbox. “Turns out a friend of [his] follows me on Instagram and thought I might need a kitchen,” Parkes says. “I literally thought it was some ‘Nigerian Prince’ scam.”
Her platter prowess is now on show six days a week. There are shrunk-down options for one or two – your choice of cheese, cured meats and dips comes with bread and in-season extras. Or rally the troops for a pay-per-head platter (there’s a breakfast version, too).
Parkes rattles off a list of hyperlocal, long-time suppliers: Say Cheese, Barossa Fine Foods, Bottega Rotolo and Rustico Bakery.
If accompanying vino springs to mind – a liquor license is en route. Parkes foresees late-week knock-offs and “seafood and spritz” nights, in time for summer. The 60-person space will also accommodate functions and workshops.
Beyond platters, the simple menu features a succinct selection of breakfast staples, salads and sandwiches. Everything can be made to take away, or there’s a fridge full of ready-to-go options.
Sweets-wise, go for From the Wild vegan desserts, house-made vegan cakes and Bircher muesli, or whatever else Parkes feels like baking. A batch of scones is in the oven when Broadsheet visits. Caffeine comes courtesy of 1645 Coffee Roasters.
The former sandwich bar has had a few lives. Wielding her interior-design background, Parkes and partner Ryan (who’s a plumber) re-kitted it in six weeks with help from a few tradie mates. “It was a shell when we walked in,” she says. The relaxed, soft-toned interior is very easy on the eye, with peach and navy contrasts, handcrafted bench seats and a series of for-sale snaps of coastal Italy. “Dog friendly” puts it lightly; there’s “pooch parking” out front and free doggo treats.
Gather and Graze sits separate from King William Road’s shoulder-to-shoulder eateries. “Some businesses might be lost [there],” says Parkes. “Whistle & Flute round the corner is a destination. I kind of want to get to that here.”
Gather and Graze
23 King William Road, Unley
Mon to Fri 7am–3.30pm
Sat 7.30am– 2pm
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on October 24, 2018. Menu items may have changed since publication.