Monday, May 2, 2011

Jackson's Amazing Working Résumé

This flash project is an actual working résumé for Jackson. The buttons are placed on the approximate locations of the restaurants and as you click on each button information about that restaurant should pop up on the screen. The information includes the name of the restaurant, where it is located, when he worked there, the position Jackson held, his responsibilities, and a little bit of information about the restaurant. After viewing each information screen the viewer presses the main menu to exit the screen in order to view the next information box. This is a innovative way for blog viewers, future employers, and potential clients to use an interactive component to see Jackson's past accomplishments.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chef Jackson Bolton's Picks for the Freshest Produce in Austin!

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I think that all chefs can agree that when creating their culinary masterpieces using fresh produce and proteins is key. So, Jackson and a couple of his friends from culinary school decided to sit down and create a list of the best places around Austin to find the best and freshest local products. We hope this list is helpful to chefs and regular food lovers alike.

We love going to the farmers market with our friends on Saturday mornings. Some of our favorite vendors are: The Kocurek Family Charcuterie, Harvest Time Farm Stand, Mediterranean Chef, Urban Roots, and the Cake and Spoon.

Larry and Lee Ann Kocurek own the Kocurek Family Charcuterie. They create charcuterie items made only from local, free range, hormone free meats. Charcuterie from only local products benefits and supports farmers and ranchers and exposes a food art form to all.

Harvest Time Farm Stand is located in the Canyon Lake area. Owners Larry and Gail Smith are known for their homemade canned jellies. We also love their farm fresh eggs.

The Mediterranean Chef, Nikki Kaya, makes the best hummus, tabuli, and babaganoush we have ever had. She doesn’t stop there she makes all of the classic Greek fares and much of it is organic.

Urban Roots is a program that allows the urban youth to cultivate produce from a local eastside farm as part of YouthLaunch non-profit to develop leadership skills, horticultural practices, and learn to work in teams and with the community. The Urban Roots project participants grow, and then sell, a wide variety of sustainably grown crops at the Saturday market, eastside farm-stands, and donate produce to local soup kitchens and charities.

Jackson and I do the majority of our shopping at our neighborhood Central Market. We love the well organized layout of the store almost as much as the multitude of options of fresh organic produce, meats, and seafood flown in from around the world. Chef Jackson is teaching a cooking class at the Lamar location on father’s day. It will be an amazing class about wine and cheese pairing and also a few of his signature wild game dishes. It should not be missed!

We also recently took a sushi rolling class at Whole Foods Market. The class was a blast and a great way to spend time with friends and family. Eating the sushi at the end of the class was definitely the best part!

Wheatsville Co-op is another one of our beloved neighborhood grocery stores. It is, in our opinion, the best place for vegan and vegetarian options. The friendly and knowledgeable staff helped with all of my questions and they make the most amazing custom fruit and veggie smoothies!

Sprouts Farmers Market was actually picked by some of Jackson’s schoolmates that live down south. They swear by Sprouts Market. It was started in Arizona and now has spread to Colorado, California, and Texas. They specialize in farm fresh produce and goods from mostly local farmers. Their mission statement is: Sprouts Farmers Market helping America eat healthier, live longer and spend less.

Jackson was very happy to make suggestions about where he finds the best and freshest products in Austin. We really hope that all the information is helpful in choosing the best place for you! Happy cooking!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Learn a new dish with Jackson!

Jackson demonstrates how to make ancho chili encrusted chicken and venison sausage southwest stir-fry! Enjoy!

Jackson Bolton's Home Culinary Experience

Watch this slide show to get a step by step explanation about what the Home Culinary Experience includes!

Jackson was very excited to do his first demonstration video post and plans to do many more in the future. It was also very important to him to clarify exactly what it is that he does. People that are interested in having a personal chef come and cater a special event should know the kind of quality of work and service that they are going to receive.

First, making the initial contact and keeping the lines of communication open with clients is crucial to ensure a successful dinner. One of the best aspects of his business is that he strives to be very affordable and flexible. Chef Jackson really takes the time to sit down and explain the different food and pricing options to design the perfect meal for you. He is also committed to making sure that his food is fresh and local. He goes to the grocery store the day of the meal to ensure the best and freshest produce. He comes in and sets up all of his equipment without seeming invasive and best of all he leaves the kitchen spotless. The feedback from his dinners have been so positive that Jackson is constantly coming up with new ideas about expanding his business.

Chef for a night is Chef Jackson’s newest business endeavor. His goal is to make Home Culinary Services more accessible to everyone. He wants the average family to feel like they can have the experience of a private chef for less. His idea is for a family to be able to call a chef when they have groceries, but aren’t really feeling up to cooking that night. Then a chef will come, make dinner and clean up for you all in the comfort of your own home.

Chef for a night will also be available to pre-make dinners weekly and provide a grocery shopping service that will cook dinner for clients upon delivery. If you are interested in losing weight healthier meal options are definitely available. Jackson does personal consultations that will inform you what kinds of food to buy and how to prepare them for the best results. He hopes that this will promote healthier eating habits, which can often help reduce health problems and most importantly obesity. Chef Jackson realizes that to make the most impact his services have to be affordable.

Recently, Jackson auctioned off an eight-person dinner benefiting the Austin Lyric Opera Guild. His dinner raised eight hundred dollars for the charity event. He has also been keeping busy by planning menus for wedding receptions and large parties. He is working on hiring a bartending staff for Home Culinary Services. This will allow him to better serve the needs of clients wanting to throw a large event.

Chef Jackson is also very excited to announce that his new website is officially up and running. This is where you can find his bio, menu options, testimonials, and more great pictures of his wonderful food. We really hope you enjoy the video and encourage you to try out it yourself!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Jackson plating Kobe beef fillets

Jackson plated Kobe Beef fillets for the Richard Rush dinner party in Tomball, Texas.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

About Chef Jackson Bolton

• 2007- Texas Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu
• 2008- Hudson’s on the Bend, Lake Travis, TX
• 2008- Texas Food and Wine Festival
• 2008- Umlaf Sculpture Garden Party, Austin, TX
• 2008- Four Seasons Benefit for Aids Research
• 2009- Executive Chef Position at Hearts Bluff Game, Ranch, Talco, TX
• 2010- Shoreline Grill, Austin, TX
• 2010- Parker Drilling, King Ranch Lease, Chef
• 2011- Jackson Bolton Home Culinary Services

Jackson Bolton is a graduate of Texas Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas. He has a passion for creating delicious and aesthetically pleasing food. While in school he staged at Uchi under the exceptionally talented Executive Chef, Tyson Cole. Upon graduating he was offered a position at Hudson's on the Bend, an Austin culinary gem that has been serving gourmet wild game in a fine dining atmosphere for over three decades. Shortly there after, he was asked to fill the Executive Chef position at Hearts Bluff Game Ranch. While there, Jackson was able to expand his creativity and hone his culinary skills by utilizing his expertise gained from Hudson’s on the Bend. As the Executive Chef of Hearts Bluff Game Ranch he maintained a stocked hothouse, planted a large vegetable garden, an herb garden, fruit trees, berries, and grapes. He was able to prepare an entire seven-course dinner with all natural ingredients harvested almost exclusively from the ranch. Jackson then returned to Austin and briefly worked at Shoreline Grill, which boasts the freshest seafood in town. Recently, he has taken his talents to the King Ranch where he is the Personal Chef for the owners of Parker Drilling. Chef Jackson is right in his element cooking elegant five and seven course meals for the outdoorsmen. However, philanthropy is equally as important to him.

Jackson was honored to participate in several local charity events. The first of which was the March of Dimes benefit at the Four Seasons hotel in 2008. Jackson and Robert Rhodes, Executive Chef of Hudson’s on the Bend, served their community alongside many other top Austin eateries to promote Aids research. In addition to cooking for the event, they also donated a multi-course dinner in the live auction with the proceeds also benefiting the cause. The second was the Umlauf Garden Party that benefited the Umlauf’s education program, as well as its long-term garden restoration program. One of Chef Jackson’s most notable honors was the invitation to accompany Jeff Blank, owner of Hudson’s on the Bend, and Robert Rhodes to the Texas Food and Wine Festival at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. It was an amazing experience to be among the most critically acclaimed chefs in the state of Texas. This event was life changing and truly inspiring, which left a lasting impression on him.

Now he is ready to take his cuisine to you. Chef Jackson has started Home Culinary Services. A business venture that is near and dear to his heart. His desire is to make his services available for dinner parties, events, or even an intimate date night at your home. He offers menu planning, shopping, preparation, and cleanup. The food is superb and the personalized culinary experience is very unique. Chef Jackson is a remarkable artist and provides a truly unforgettable experience for any occasion.