October 17, 2016 | News
Picture this…I’m standing in my driveway with my wife, father and stepmother looking at my small detached garage and saying to them, “let’s turn this into a commercial kitchen and cater high end weddings.” Nobody hesitated, everyone said “let’s do it!” I followed that up with ” Great! Now, I need some money!” Hesitation set in…..LOL! Anyway, as ya’ll have read in previous blogs, we ended up building out a commercial kitchen in my garage and catered a couple of weddings here and there. Finally in February of 2015 we went full on legit and built out an awesome commercial kitchen on Waters Avenue. Yeah you know where it’s at, next to Sunset Novelties. People are always scared to say that. LOL! I find myself in conversations with people and they say “Oh yeah, you’re right over there next to um….ah….um….eh…” I usually follow up with “Sunset Novelties….???”. They immediately say “YEAH! THAT”S IT!” In my head I’m saying to myself “yeah I saw you park across the parking lot last week and walk in there!” Anyway back to the topic at hand. A year has passed. It was amazing. We more than tripled our “FIRST YEAR” projections for 2015.
So, where does that leave us? Well the future is bright and we are steaming right along with more projects in the works. Building a brand for JTHOMAS is my ultimate goal. I want people to look at the knife handle shaped “T” in my logo and without hesitation say ” that’s JTHOMAS”. So again, back to the topic at hand. Have ya’ll noticed that I get distracted real easy and start rambling on??? Enjoy the ride my friends! Sitting at my desk probably getting distracted, my phone rang. It was a good friend, Tara Skinner with Posh Petals & Pearls. I answered the call and was in pure shock of the conversation. Tara told me that her company was in charge of putting together the design and logistics of the “BEST OF SAVANNAH” party and wanted to know if I wanted to be a vendor. I was hesitant because we were busy as hell that month. So I proceeded to tell Tara that I was unsure if I would be able to commit. She followed up by saying “no worries, but you do know you won Best Caterer right?”. I was in shock. I said, “no, I had no idea.”. Tara said “well check your mail and get back to me.” So later that day I went to check my PO Box and sure enough there was a packet from Savannah Magazine stuffed way in the back. The contents inside included VIP tickets to the event and an award. It’s funny because not only did I have no idea we had won but my award looked like an old balled up one dollar bill that had traveled the around the world at least 2-3 times! So I called Tara and told her I would love to be a part of the event. I mean the Champ has to show up right?
It really all started to set in. Riding high with emotions and thinking to myself, man, we did it. We took a small no-name company out of a garage and in our first “legitimate” year beat out one of the BEST caterers in the city. I won’t mention her name but you all know who she is. She is a Savannah staple and I would be honored just to be mentioned in the same sentence with her. Anyhow, to all the voters, I don’t know who you are but THANK YOU! To my staff, THANK YOU! I know I am an a**hole but I love ya’ll. I am always pushing for you guys/girls and myself to get better. To my wife, THANK YOU! You sit and listen to my dreams and never say no. You also sit and listen to my tireless rants about God knows what…LOL. You are truly one of a kind. I love you! Know that none of this is possible with out you! Thank you for believing in me. To my mother, THANK YOU so much for being there when I/We needed you the most! To my Dad & Stepmother, THANK YOU! You two took a chance on a young ambitious chef and helped him reach his dream! THANK YOU! To Genina Ramirez + Meredith Stroud, THANK YOU! You two gave me my first big shot and although it didn’t go as planned we worked through it and prevailed! Genina told me over coffee one day while we were designing my website that one day I would be the Best caterer in town. Looks like she was right! Thank you for your continued support! Last but certainly not least I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord knows I try to drop to my knees every night and give thanks. You certainly know that NONE of this possible without you! The Lord has truly blessed me and my family in so many ways! Huge THANK YOU to the big guy!
So there you have it. Below are some pictures of some recent plates. It’s these plates that me and my staff pour our heart and soul into. If you have never worked in a professional kitchen you just wouldn’t understand. It’s a passion, and I love it! Enjoy!
Again, THANKS to all! Hope you guys enjoyed! See you in the kitchen!