American Melting Pot

David WilhelmRecipes7 Comments

One of the unique and wonderful aspects of American food is that it all came from someplace else…just like us. Maybe because of this we’ve never had any issue with combining ingredients in non-traditional ways, which is so unlike European traditions, where each country has its own cuisine and there’s not a lot of ‘fusion’ of different ethnic dishes going … Read More

Summer Food News

Spicy Cali Burger by JFat, Delicious and Healthy #JFat Burgers

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Dear Booze & Bites heads… it’s good to be back sharing random musings with you again on our blog. It’s been a while during which there have been lots of exciting new things happening at JFAT that I’m anxious to share with you. Some of you probably saw my recent email about the biggest recent change to our menu, but … Read More

Anthony Bourdain

David WilhelmBooze & Bites16 Comments

I never heard of Anthony Bourdain until I read a review of his first book ‘Kitchen Confidential’. In the summer of 1970 I had lied my way into my first restaurant job working as a Captain at Maxwell’s Plum in Manhattan, one of the most popular restaurants in the city at that time. Working in a gorgeous dining room, waiting … Read More

Zuni Café’s Famous Chicken Salad

Finished zuni salad dish.

David WilhelmBooze & Bites, Recipes2 Comments

Over the years my many trips to San Francisco included a stop at Zuni Café. This iconic café was founded by Chef Judy Rogers back in 1987 and was a regular stop for chefs and foodies who either lived in or visited San Francisco. It’s an airy, glass walled, two story restaurant serving chilled Pacific Northwest oysters, Bloody Marys, what … Read More

Grilled Leg of Lamb… be not afraid!

Grilled of lamb dish finished.

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With the summer grilling season at its peak I’d be remiss if I didn’t urge you to try one of my backyard barbecue favorites… rosemary, cracked pepper & mint grilled leg of lamb. Last Easter I rhapsodized to you over the flavor of grilled Colorado lamb chops but it can be challenging grilling a bunch of individual chops for a … Read More

The Bubba: is the ultimate Brunch comfort food!

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So a few years back I started obsessing about biscuits. I mean it’s hard to think of anything more uniquely American than homemade buttermilk biscuits. I started making different versions almost every weekend trying to find one that would end up in my sweet spot. I wanted one that not only would be good enough to stand on its own … Read More

Michigan Mom’s Potato Salad

Garnished potato salad

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With 4th of July right around the corner we are now officially in the sweet spot of summer. Growing up, my early summer memories of this holiday included lots of potluck family picnics in the heavily wooded parks of rural Michigan. We were part of a very large family so each picnic was heavily attended by a seemingly endless collection … Read More

Burger Love coming our way

cowboy burger with beer

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After close to 40 years spent in the business I truly love I’ve garnered my fair share of accolades So I don’t pay much attention to them anymore, but, in the past month, we’ve had a couple back-to-back kudos that I feel proud to share. Back in 2009, when I was first working on the menu for our debut location … Read More

Bloody Mary… and a uniquely Midwestern tradition

J-Fat's Meal Mary

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The question is often asked when first time JFAT Guests order our FAMOUS Bloody Mary…”What’s with the beer chaser?” When I was doing my research on the unique regional traditions around the country I stumbled across the fact that in the state of Wisconsin Bloody Marys’ are served with a beer chaser. I loved the idea of this and thought … Read More