31 Jams has been a Central California staple for the past 5 years. The quirky, petite french boutique known for it's array of house made jellies and jams is co-owned by power couple Dr. Susan and Mrs. Ruth Nelson. The story of how 31 JAMS came to be is, unusual, to say the least but is one that Chef Stacey and the ladies love to recount any chance they get.
Head Chef and Gelatator (Jam Maker),
Chef Stacey is the culinary genius behind 31 JAMS.
(Ursula Taherian & Roxanna Dunlop)
31 JAMS co-owners, Dr. Nelson, a Central California renowned psychiatrist and Mrs. Nelson, a ball-busting lawyer, are a power couple that ooze wealth, status, and success. What they lack in socially appropriate behavior they make up for with gold (literally).
Chef Stacey was working as the Sous Chef at Artemis Hughes' spectacularly successful Revise. Although originally hired as Mr. Hughes' right hand, Chef Stacey quickly began receiving recognition for his exquisite fromage and charcuterie boards - more specifically the hand crafted compotes that accompanied them. Word spread, and, as his flavor profiles deviated from unusual to unheard of, his popularity grew.
Positive reviews were pouring in, yet, Chef Stacey found himself feeling stifled and frustrated. He made it his mission to satisfy every guest but there was one couple that never left without airing a complaint. After one especially negative criticism, Chef Stacey lost his patience. He stormed out to the dining room and berated the ladies to the point of tears (his). The Nelsons were so impressed by his culinary knowledge, conviction, and bite (pun intended) they offered to finance his dream restaurant and thus, 31 JAMS was born.