“A footbridge is a bridge designed for pedestrians and in some cases cyclists, animal traffic, and horse riders, rather than vehicular traffic. Footbridges complement the landscape and can be used decoratively to visually link two distinct areas, or to signal a transaction.”
photo by Ashley Forrette
Hello there. Thanks for making it this far.
My name is Ali Jepson. I am a professional food and hospitality consultant with a penchant for writing, cooking and entrepreneurship. In 2005, after a (deliciously) life changing trip around the world, I abandoned my plans to attend a NYC law school and decided instead to pursue my (gut’s) dream of opening up a restaurant.
That splotch of sunshine you see next to me is my husband and partner in crime, E. Dohrmann. He is the go-to authority on: Alfred Hitchcock movies, baking, Belgian beer, biking, Bill Monroe (father of Bluegrass), bread, Camp Sherman, challah, coffee, charcuterie, chocolate chip cookies, espresso, hospital corners, ironing, mandolins, maps + navigation, nuts (raw, roasted, spiced, etc.), pickles, salt, and Thai curry. He is my sous, my compass, my dance partner, my leading man. While I am the author of the blog Footbridge to the Feast, it is our adventures together in life that inspire the words.
At the core of it I’m a professional food addict. One could say I have spent my entire life chasing down the scent of The Feast. “The feast” in this case can be a job, a journey-abroad, a dinner party, or a new recipe. I have traversed six continents and over thirty different countries following my nose, roaming from one meal to the next. During my time in the food industry I have bussed tables, served fine dining, and bartended in a tropical climate (whole new meaning to ants in the sugar). I’ve worked the dish pit, plated salads, and flipped the most beautiful eggs you’ve ever seen. I have owned a catering business, a farmers market booth, a cafe and coffeeshop, and a food truck. This translates to a variety of trades (some more useful than others), which is what this website is all about. My work, recipes, and projects have been featured in such publications as DailyCandy, Edible Portland, Fresh Cup Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Men’s Journal, Mix Magazine, Portland Bride and Groom, Portland Monthly Magazine, The Oregonian, and Sunset Magazine.
In time you will discover that I am a food motivated creature. I read cookbooks like novels, photograph the world based on my stomach’s musings, and will drop everything for the opportunity to collaborate on an event or menu. Food and hospitality are the languages I use to integrate with new surroundings and the community around me. I feel privileged that my love for flavors, detail, style and storytelling has taken me around the world and allowed me to share in so many people’s lives.
Before we continue down this road I should let you know that I am a person who overindulges in has a soft spot for the following things: Campari, Coen brothers movies, costume parties, deviled eggs, fiddle tunes, finishing salts, French macarons, grand schemes, hyperboles, John Irving novels, lentils, luxury hotels, Oregon pinot noir, passport stamps, pretty shoes, rye (bread + whiskey), specialty coffee, stinky cheese, toy dogs, vanilla soft-serve and vintage aprons.
This website was started in August 2010 as a way of working through these issues. Meanwhile, please consider this your invitation—or footbridge—to joining the hunt.