The Great Pumpkin… A Squash with a Rich History

A pumpkin patch with a lot of healthy pumpkins available.

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Bubba Gump Pumpkin … Pumpkin waffles, pumpkin doughnut, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer… Yup… this is the time of the year when all conversation turns to the iconic pumpkin. I mean, is there anything that speaks to the Fall season more than these bumpy orange globes? In fact, the season officially arrives when, as the saying goes, “There’s frost … Read More

Lowcountry Shrimp Boil

A steaming cup of shrimp boil.

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Before we get into talkin’ bout shrimp let’s chat a little about exactly what the term ‘Lowcountry’ means because it’s certainly a treasured area in this country’s vast variety of regional cuisines. According to John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin’ John’s Low Country Cooking, Lowcountry is an area that stretches along the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River in … Read More

Hatch Chiles

A crate of green chiles.

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Back in the mid 80’s in my early days as a working chef I was into all things ‘Southwestern’ and I made several pilgrimages to the mecca of this food movement… Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a heady time when chefs like Robert Del Grande, Stephen Pyles, John Sedlar and Mark Miller were creating exciting dishes that took the … Read More

Shishito Peppers

Cooked shishitos with sriracha aioli.

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Shishito peppers have started showing up on menus the past couple years and some would say they’ve even become the new darling of the chile pepper family. There is currently a Japanese varietal now being grown in the US in summer through fall but they are pretty much available year round in the states thanks to the imports from Mexico … Read More

Chalkboard Artist Extraordinaire

Amanda posing besides a J-Fat logo on a wall.

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In each of our restaurants we have chalkboards that we use to advertise and promote special events along with seasonal food and beverage offerings. The challenge we were facing though was finding someone in each area with the talent to keep these looking good. I mentioned earlier that at JFAT we like to do business with local vendors like fisherman, … Read More

Oktoberfest… A German tradition embraced in the U.S.

German Potato Salad and Arugula.

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Fall has always been my favorite season of the year. I still have vivid memories of so many activities that I enjoyed with siblings and relatives growing up in Michigan. They all seemed more enhanced by the chill in the air and the gorgeous bursts of red, orange and gold foliage along with the smell of burning leaves. Yeah, this … Read More

Portobello Fries – A Marketing Story

Finished Protobello Fries.

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Portobello mushrooms are not a separate species, rather they are just large creminis. Once they grow to a size of 4”-6” in diameter they are called Portobellos really just to they can be marketed differently. How it got its name isn’t really clear, I mean, how did the ‘Patagonian Toothfish’ become ‘Chilean Sea Bass’… or ‘Slimefish’ become ‘Orange Roughy??’ Here … Read More

Barbecue Spiced Salmon

J-Fat's BBQ Salmon dish.

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Pacific Salmon is both a delicious and responsible choice Summertime barbecues shouldn’t be limited to burgers, dogs, ribs and steaks. One of my favorite seafood dishes is fresh salmon grilled with a little BBQ spice blend. The sweet, salty and spicy spice mix is the perfect complement for the richness of our omega-rich, finned friends from the Pacific Northwest and … Read More

Our Relationship with ‘Miracles for Kids’

A promotional image by the Miracles for Kids foundation with their beneficiaries' logos.

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As part of our DNA, it is important for us at JFAT to be an active participant in the communities that we do business in. Not only are we Green Certified restaurants and partners in the Seafood for the Future program, but we also make regular donations to the fundraising efforts of local schools and charitable organizations throughout the course … Read More

Grilled Flatbreads

Finished Tarte Flambe dish.

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You’re probably doing a lot of backyard grilling this summer so next time you’ve got it fired up I’m going to show you a really simple way of preparing flatbreads for your parties that make great buffet table appetizers. It’s a two part process where you first grill your dough over your gas or charcoal grill then when you’re ready … Read More