Grilled Summer Figs

Fresh and beautiful figs ready to be cooked.

David WilhelmRecipes

A couple days ago as I was wondering through the produce section at Gelson’s and I spotted for the first time this season what is probably my all-time favorite seasonal fruits….fresh summer figs. I don’t know of any fruit that evokes more of a sensual arousal in foodies than the fig. In fact, even in ‘pre-foodie’ times  D.H. Lawrence wrote … Read More

Leftover Mashed Potatoes

The mashed potato plated with strips of bacon and an egg on top.

David WilhelmRecipes

‘Cassie’ my Michigan Mom, was a pretty resourceful, if not amazing cook. More often than not she prepared 3 meals a day for the six kids in our family, me being the oldest. Breakfast every morning for sure…pancakes, eggs, bacon, waffles, french toast, oatmeal…and I’m talking from scratch here….there were no frozen waffles to be found in our freezer. Next … Read More

A Short History of Happy Hour

A bottle and a glass of Bourbon on a table around customers.

J-FatBooze & Bites

There’s nothing better after a hard day’s work than relaxing with friends while enjoying cocktails with some quick, savory, and delicious finger food. So, before this work day is over, we wanted to share with you a little bit of history about where the term “Happy Hour” comes from… The term itself comes from American Navy slang following WWI. “Happy … Read More

Summer is here and so are the Heirlooms!

Yellow, orange, red and purple heirloom tomatoes.

David WilhelmRecipes

It wasn’t all that long ago that the only way you could enjoy tomatoes that really tasted like tomatoes was to grow your own. When I was growing up as a kid in southern Michigan we always had a backyard garden and in addition to corn, squash, potatoes, and beans we always had a few tomato plants. I can remember … Read More

Seared Foie Gras A Controversial New American Classic

Finished foiegrass dish.

David WilhelmBooze & Bites

Someone asked me the other day what some of my favorite foods were and the first thing that came to mind was a dish that always promises to draw out comments… Foie gras. French chef Jean-Joseph Clause is credited for creating and popularizing pâté de foie gras in 1779 in Strasbourg, however, its origins date back far before French cooking … Read More

San Francisco Cioppino – Make it your own!

J-Fat's Cioppino dish, a dish with clams and shrimp.

David WilhelmRecipes

So I recenty shared with you my love for fish tacos as one of my favorite summer time lunches, and truth be told, I’m a very early riser so I’ve sometimes enjoyed them for breakfast topped with some lightly scrambled eggs. But for our cool summer California nights when I’m really hungry one of my favs is to make a … Read More

What makes a taco delicious? Its simplicity!

J-Fat's Fish Taco's close-up.

David WilhelmBooze & Bites

Every time early summer arrives and the first warm, morning sun washes across me I think of the warm places I’ve spent time… and Cabo San Lucas is one of my favorite places for a quick getaway. I love hanging at the beaches walking and watching the surf, but after a morning of this, I’m ready for some icy margaritas … Read More

JFAT introduces our own branded Blonde Ale

The J-Fat Blonde, one of J-Fat's popular drinks.

David WilhelmBooze & Bites

We’re excited to announce the debut of our new JFAT branded Blonde Ale made exclusively for us by our friends at Golden Road Brewing located in Glendale, California. This 4.8% ABV blonde brew delivers a crisp, clean taste with touches of sweetness from the honey malt along with the mild fruit and spice flavors from the German Opal hop aromatics. … Read More

Welcome to our blog – A message from Managing Partner David Wilhelm

The big 'Famous' light fixture on a wall inside the restaurant.

David WilhelmJFat Events

I am very pleased to introduce you to our new J-FAT Booze & Bites blog where we invite you to join us for my weekly musings about food, drink, recipes, news, seasonal specials, and a fun celebration of the rich cultural, culinary heritage of America. I grew up in Michigan where there were four very distinct seasons and while in … Read More