Foodie startup launches official online marketplace

Tech Health

Cairns-based startup Gathar, which connects dinner party hosts with foodies and cooks, officially launched the Gathar online marketplace, in 2018, which co-founder Jodie Mlikota says was “just the start, with new menus and cooks being added daily”.

“We’ve have a stack more platform features in the pipeline, but we are really happy and excited to see where the platform evolves now it’s in the hands of our marketplace community,” she says.

Having already launched in Far North Queensland, with strong early traction and growth from both sides of the marketplace, this forms an important step in their overarching strategy to expand across Queensland and beyond. Gathar is now catering to Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Perth, Newcastle, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Port Douglas. 

Founded in 2018, Gathar is on a mission to make dinner parties at home “easy and enjoyable”.

For those who love to be cooked for, or require catering for an in-home event, Gathar helps users find and book chefs and cooks (aka Gathar Culinarians) in their local area, as well as browse menus and read reviews.

For those who love to cook, the Gathar marketplace offers the opportunity to turn a passion for cooking into cash. Gathar Culinarians design their own menus and deliver amazing dinner party experiences, leaving all of the administration and marketing to Gathar so they can focus on what they do best – cooking!

Your Gathar Culinarian will come to your home with all the ingredients to cook and serve up a feast for you and your friends - they'll even do the dishes.

“Having friends over is no longer a chore, thanks to Gathar taking care of the shopping, prepping, cooking and cleaning – leaving hosts to simply enjoy spending time with their loved ones,” says Jodie.

The bright idea for Gathar came to Jodie, a Cairns-based marketer, because she loved having friends over for dinner but hated the hard work that came with it. After pitching the idea at Brisbane Women’s Startup Weekend in February 2018, Jodie found herself on a plane to Paris to pitch Gathar on stage in the global grand finals.

Jodie has since assembled what she describes as the “Gathar co-founding dream team”, with the web developing superpowers of foodies Nicky Jurd and Kaj Haffenden combined with hospitality insights from Darren and Jacqui Barber, known for their success in the small bars and micro-brewery scene.