Since being pregnant, I have been craving all the things I can’t have like soft gooey cheese, antipasto, cured meats, sushi and of course wine. There’s nothing I like better than enjoying a glass of wine and a cheese platter on a weekend with my friends. Recently, I discovered Daylesford Grazing Catering who specialise in the most delicious grazing platters focusing on local, sustainable and ethical produce. Fortunately for me, I was able to sample one of their delicious Breakfast Platters brimming with fresh fruit, bagels and pastries.
Daylesford Grazing is all about sustainable, ethical and local produce. All of their meat produce is free range and ethically sourced with most of their producers just a stones throw away from their small farm. They specialise in grazing table platters for Daylesford, Melbourne and surrounds with a focus on wedding grazing tables, corporate grazing platters for functions and birthday grazing tables.
I caught up with Leah, the owner of Daylesford Grazing to find out more about the business and what inspires her.
What made you set up Daylesford Grazing?
I’ve always had a love of cheese platters since I was a wee child. My grandparents used to host a monthly event back in our small village in Devon (England) called Wine Circle. Everyone would bring a bottle of wine and we would put on a spread for the village members. It always brought me such joy. I never really knew i could do it as a job until I saw a few grazing table companies pop up on Instagram and I became inspired to give it a go.
What inspires you?
I’m easily inspired, maybe because I live in such a beautiful area. I’m inspired by nature, the local farmers are also very inspiring. I’ve always had a fantasy of being able to live off the land, living off grid and living as sustainably as possible. My next door neighbour is off grid and grows most of their own produce, I think that’s very inspiring. Also having a background in fashion I’m always drawn to pretty, creative things. Art, interiors, sculpture, pretty gardens, flowers.
Why are your grazing platters so special?
I think maybe because I try to incorporate some local produce. My grazing tables definitely include a lot more local produce that the platters but I also use all compostable sheeting under my grazing tables, biopak compostable platter boxes, serving ware etc. I try to style them so they look aesthetically pleasing.
What’s next for Daylesford grazing?
Well, I’m thinking of opening a Melbourne Grazing. A lot of my enquires are for the Melbourne area which is surprising. So I’ve already started working on www.melbournegrazing.com.au
so that city people feel they can also order from me.
What are your top foodie recommendations in Daylesford?
Oooo I love this questions because I’m such a foodie. I’m literally obsessed with Indian culture, the food, bollywood movies and the women’s fashion… one secret spot which I will go as far as saying it’s the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten is Sizzler in woodend. Actually I guess that’s not Daylesford, but it’s within the region. In Daylesford itself I’d say for brunch, definitely Pancho, the staff there are always so so lovely and the food is absolutely delish. The Lakehouse is great but for something more affordable I’d definitely say frank & connies is always a winner.
How are you adapting to the corona crisis? Have you got any products on offer?
Well, we are really pushing the platter boxes now, where as previously we weren’t really making too many of them and we were only doing delivery around Daylesford Macedon areas. Now we are doing a Melbourne drop off every Friday, doing home deliveries on the way to the CBD, areas such as Gisborne, Melton, Airport West etc. Orders have to be in by Wednesday to be delivered for Fridays.
How important is local and sustainable produce to your company?
It’s really important actually. All the local produce we use is so delicious and it’s important to us to support these local small businesses too Who supply delicious produce. I’m really grateful to my suppliers and I feel spoiled. It’s also much better for the environment and the wellbeing of the animals.