Meet Ashleigh Fleming, the Executive Chef and Managing Director of Blue Jay Bistro, nestled in the heart of Littleton, NC. With deep roots in Texas and a profound love for North Carolina, Ashleigh brings a unique blend of flavors and traditions to the table, celebrating the local bounty with a seasonally driven menu that tantalizes taste buds and warms hearts.

Raised amidst the vibrant culinary scene of Houston, TX, Ashleigh’s journey into the world of food began at an early age, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and aromas of her parents’ restaurants and her grandmother’s kitchen. What started as a means to support her education in graphic design quickly transformed into a lifelong passion for hospitality. After honing her skills at prestigious institutions like The Culinary Institute of America, Ashleigh embarked on a remarkable career, cooking her way through country clubs and renowned establishments across the country.

But it was her encounter with Deb and Ed Fitts, seasoned entrepreneurs with a vision for revitalizing Littleton, NC, that truly ignited Ashleigh’s culinary fire. Entrusted with the opportunity to lead the kitchen at Blue Jay Bistro, Ashleigh seized the chance to craft a dining experience that embodies her creativity, celebrates local ingredients, and fosters a sense of community.

At Blue Jay Bistro, Ashleigh’s culinary artistry is on full display, blending the rich flavors of Texas with the distinctive essence of the Southeast. With her beloved dog and two cats by her side, Ashleigh not only oversees the culinary operations but also plays a pivotal role in the town’s revitalization efforts, infusing her passion for food into every aspect of community life.

Beyond the kitchen, Ashleigh is a connoisseur of shoes, a talented artist, and a lover of good conversation over hot tea or a refreshing beer. With her unwavering dedication to her craft and her boundless creativity, Ashleigh Fleming is not just a chef; she’s a culinary visionary, transforming dining into an unforgettable experience at Blue Jay Bistro.