Jack’s Story

How PAZAZ Came To Be

I’ve been in the restaurant business most of my life. I started working at a French restaurant in Tiburon California (The Caprice) when I was very young. Years later, after college, I became a partner in a restaurant (Epanoui), also in Tiburon. While I was there, Epanoui was voted as one of the top ten restaurants in the entire country by Time-Life Books. Following that unique experience, I left California on a new culinary journey.

After working as a manager/maitre’d in south Florida (The Plum Room) I went to upstate New York and worked at L’uberge Du Cygne in Manlius New York. I heard of a chef in upstate New York with a famous reputation and that is when I went on a quest to work with one of the greatest chefs in the world. This is when I met and worked with chef Joel Chenet who had been the Chef at the French Consulate in Paris France and prepared food for the President of France.

Missing California and my family I traveled back home and got a job working as the lead captain at Amelio’s under executive chef Jackie Robert in San Francisco (check out New York Times article in 1987, “ FOOD; KNOWING NO BOUNDARY”).

I had the pleasure of working with chef Jackie Robert whom prepared one of the inaugural dinner’s for President Ronald Reagan. With that experience I then eventually became the General Manager at Masons in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. After that I was in charge of all the restaurants at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill, including room service and the Top of the Mark.

Now I work for Chef Jean George Vongerichten in Las Vegas, and have decided to take my culinary expertise into the very products that help produce “World Class Cuisine”.

The Heavy Duty Aluminum Baking Sheet Pan, Non-Stick Baking Mat, and the Steel Mesh Cooling Rack are examples of my exhaustive search for quality merchandise. I had these products custom made to my specifications, with the knowledge I have attained over the years through my apprenticeship with world-class chefs and the focus associated with every aspect of the creation of a dish.

In the world of the culinary arts the tools that you use help produce the “Magic” associated with dishes that captivate the mind, stimulate the palate, and test the very boundaries of the “dining experience”. It is with this attention to detail and commitment to excellence that I bring you my brand, “PAZAZ”.

About

PAZAZ TM is more than a brand… it’s a lifestyle.

The “Magic of Cooking” implies the creation of something special in the kitchen, a transcendent experience by which all other experiences are judged. 
Music and Cooking are very similar. Both require passion, attention to detail, and a love that transcends the musical score or the recipe.  As you are the conductor of your life, we take very seriously our responsibility to give you the greatest kitchen equipment to help create your culinary experience. 

Mother’s Day…

mother's day - pazaz bakeware
I would like to think that if your mother is still alive you hold this holiday very dear to your heart. I would also like to think that if she is not alive you cherish the memories you shared over the course of a lifetime.

Mother’s day is a day to honor your mother. Usually this takes on the form of a card, flowers, and even a meal (if you are lucky enough to have her close to you). The many times we shared this special day revolved around how blessed I was to have her in my life. The very special moments I remember sometimes seemed like mundane events but looking back, accentuated the fact that I miss her everyday.

My mom, Dorothy, used to consume her steak a certain way with each bite using a different condiment until the very center of the steak, the prize, was delightfully enjoyed. I remember the smile on her face and her hands giving a happy sign to signify the utter joy in this simple yet satisfying experience.

“How Grateful I Would Be To Have Just One More Day”

By Kathy J. Parenteau

“If I could have just one more day and wishes did come true,
I’d spend every glorious moment side by side with you.
Recalling all the years we shared and memories we made,
how grateful I would be to have just one more day.
Where the tears I’ve shed are not in vain and only fall in bliss.
So many things I’d let you know about the days you’ve missed.
I wouldn’t have to make pretend you never went away.
How grateful I would be to have just one more day.
When that day came to a close and the sun began to set,
a million times I’d let you know I never will forget
the heart of gold you left behind when you entered Heaven’s gate.
How grateful I would be to have just one more day. “

When I was younger she would help me with little booklets that taught me English, history, and math. She would also help me memorize my lines for the many plays I was in. In addition to teaching me just about everything I knew she also helped me with my violin lessons.

My mom was a concert pianist and would go over every piece to help me with my intonation and violin lessons which I would have to complete for that week. She would read my homework to make sure I completed the assignments, and through that process exhibited the patience of Jobe. My teenage years proved to be a bit challenging. Not because I was such a problem but because I didn’t drive.

Orchestra was at 7:15 am, football practice after school, then drama practice across town. Each day was some type of practice which involved orchestra outside of school, singing, violin lessons, etc. My mom never complained about the schedule and many times would wait for me to complete my lesson or practice.

Through-out all of this she had debilitating arthritis. Never once did she complain about her maladies though it was hard for her to walk. In addition to that her hands showed the arthritis disease in the form of swelling and curvature. Her inner strength, intelligence, and kindness were on display everyday. My mom was chairman of the Cancer Society for Marin County and she orchestrated drive schedules for many drivers that would pick up cancer patients that were either too frail to drive or were less fortunate and didn’t own a car. This led to her receiving an award where she was recognized by a San Francisco radio station as a person that gave so much back to society. I can not begin to express how grateful I was to be blessed to have my mom in my life (though it was for to short a period of time).

I look back and smile at the time we spent together. If ever there was a person that made the world a better place… it was my mom. I hope and pray that all that read this will either reach out to their mom or remember that time together you hold so dear.

This blog is sponsored by PAZAZ ™ “The Magic of Cooking” Kitchen tools for the discerning chef. Please go to pazazshop.com to purchase these “AMAZING” kitchen tools.

Summertime Recipes, Vacations, and the Quiet Explosion of Amazing Flavors

Today I prepare for a vacation that will rest the soul, stimulate the senses, and expand the horizons. Its interesting how we look forward to the journey, destination, and finally that solitude and satisfaction from rest and discovery.

Before we go I must say that preparing “Mama’s Muffins” from the PAZAZ cook book gives me a warm feeling that goes straight to the heart of this blog. As we journey to other places we are tethered to our home base but relish the discovery of new places, dishes in restaurants that bring joy and wonder, and finally the reflection of times and places that bring a similar sensation.

Summer around the globe is a time when people gather for outside activities which in many cases revolve around connecting to each other and nature. In this case we are going to a wonderful town located on the California coast that epitomizes the collection of my favorite two vacation topics… food and wine.

The restaurants we will be going to we have never been to before. This in a way is very much like when you are deciding which baking tools to use and you check out the reviews to determine the satisfaction level of the guests. The importance of the comments and passion in which they are illustrated demonstrates our belief that in some way shape or form they subliminally help craft our experience which could mirror their experience and thus becomes a trusting form of communication.

In the case of leaving a review that highlights the advantages of my PAZAZ kitchen tools its important to provide the necessary information to make an intelligent decision based upon real time users enjoying the satisfying ease of cooking with superior products.

This level of quality to produce a product, be it kitchen tools, restaurants, places to stay, or even the difficult to find wineries revolves around the commitment these businesses have made to provide an unparalleled moment that becomes the essence of satisfaction.

When we taste food or wine varietals that we’ve had hundreds of times it is rare and yet truly amazing when we stop and savor that moment which will be embedded in our memory if that experience is truly unique. The summer favors this type of enlightenment because of the vast offerings of harvest.

If just for a week a produce item is available we can align our thoughts to the calendar so that we can duplicate that experience each year. With infused oils and vinegars the recipes highlight simple yet satisfying delectable summer time dishes.

In this vein we are offered a montage of flavors that doesn’t overpower the product but enhances it. The beautiful berries from the west coast magnify the flavor profile of sweet and delicious to new sublime levels. Just a moment to savor the blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and tomatoes offer the taster with the satisfaction of living in the moment before the quiet explosion of our most amazing summertime flavors.

Organic’s Bring PAZAZ™ to the Feast

pazaz brings organic food to the feast
Pazaz Bakeware brings Organics to the Feast

Today I was shopping at Whole Foods and found an array of organics that brought a smile to my face. When I look at conventional produce, touch it, smell it, and in some cases taste it I am baffled as to why anyone would choose conventional over organic.

If price is the only issue and you choose price over health than stop reading now. Go back to ordering tap water at high-end restaurants and wallow in the mediocrity of taste. Don’t live in the moment but exhume the conversation of dining at another restaurant while not living in the moment that is before you.

I only say this because living in the spatial continuum of the creative experience (which is the best part of us) is something difficult to grasp in the times we live in. However, there is hope.

This hope is attached to the sustenance that feeds the spirit and energizes our thoughts. Without the proper diet and tools to prepare the meals we love, then a link in the chain is missing. We can purchase all the organics we want but without vision and fore-thought it just becomes another meal prepared at a certain time without the value we must give it to enjoy the moment.

PAZAZ ™ was created to increase the value of those organic products. Each flavor is enhanced when prepared from a recipe that incorporates the tools that bring the meal to life. Each flavor becomes a journey down a road that winds to the palate.

The beauty of cooking in these days and times is the fact that we are receiving produce, meat, poultry, and fish from around the world. Most fresh food is delivered in a timely fashion so that we can have a choice unlike any past generations. This brings us to the opportunity to have the finest foods, enhanced by the PAZAZ ™ cook book while bringing smiles to all those that are lucky enough to be invited to the table.

Tonight I am making an organic butter lettuce salad with honey crisp apple, heirloom tomato, bean sprouts, and avocado with organic baked chicken dusted with fresh dill in a pear/cranberry vinaigrette.

Let the preparations begin while I live in the moment of this culinary sensory experience enhanced by music, wine, and the most important factor… those you love and care about.

PAZAZ ™ “The Heart of the Recipe is in your Ability to Create.”

To develop a wonderful recipe you must first determine the desired effect.pazaz premium bakewareYou must then add your experience, your skill set, time frame, and goal of your creation.

If your goal is to wow people that is one thing, if it is to prepare a dinner, lunch or breakfast for your family… that is another.

As we evolve within the frame work of our capabilities and within the parameters of kitchen exploration we become comfortable with what was once uncomfortable. A recipe is merely a guide line to execute a communication into a living breathing dish. This dish (if the recipe is followed to a tee) can make you feel your creative juices flow, and then the possibility for success grows exponentially.

Bringing a smile to those that watch the chef create involves a connection to the process and then the guests become a part of the experience. Using the PAZAZ ™ kitchen products makes the likely hood for a successful dining event almost a certainty.

I have been involved in the restaurant business for many years. I can attest to the importance of each and every ingredient and the kitchen tools you use tying together as one for the desired winning result. Purchasing certified organic produce, quality wild caught fish, and even organic meat brings the flavors together in perfect harmony.

As a kid I remember my grandmother making apple pie with apples from her tree. I couldn’t identify then why everything tasted so much better… but today I can. Not only was this truly organic (as my grandmother and grandfather never used pesticides) but there was the unidentifiable ingredient that bound this composition together, love.

My parents were musically inclined and so was my grandmother. They would play the piano, organ, and violin as an ensemble to accompany our amazing desert. I didn’t realize how blessed I was to enjoy world class entertainment within the confines of the living room. Each bite made me wish the taste and experience would never end.

This experience motivated me to study violin and enlist that teaching into cooking, and cooking into the business I bring to you, PAZAZ ™.

Family, Friends, and Food – The Art of Connection

pazaz bakeware
Pazaz Premium Bakeware

In the spirit of PAZAZ ™ I would like you to realize the importance of connection.

So many times in this life we disconnect from humanity with our focus on material items and devices. We stare at cell phones many times in places that used to be sources of joy for human interaction.

Restaurants, family outings, over even the walk to school or work. These were typically places that humanity played an important role. It is with this observation that I would like to continue in the vein of “connection” and the beauty and importance that cooking, preparing food, and the orchestration of a meal becomes one of the last bastions for association, kinship, and relationship.

I have been in the food industry my whole life giving more than just mouth service to creating an amazing dining experience.

PAZAZ ™ products are designed to enlist years of experience in the restaurant business at a very high level and interact these tools with chefs to help them prepare dishes from the heart, connecting to the mind, and propelling a meal into the realm of “experience by which all others are judged”.

Or quite simply, bringing a smile to your face, a memory to your soul, or a person to your heart.

As family we still connect with food. The love that goes into the preparation of a dish cannot be googled, twittered, or even instagrammed. This love is the driving force beyond the PAZAZ ™ products.

In a moment of pure joy the connection between the Heavy Duty Aluminum Cookie Sheet, the Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, and the Steel Mesh Cooling Rack becomes apparent. These are products that go well beyond the expectations of most consumers and provide an easy rapport between savory or sweet and the final preparation of the meal.

PAZAZ ™ is more than a brand. As you use these products your connectivity with the product you prepare becomes even more joyful.

PAZAZ ™ products can help make at least one part of your life become easier and certainly more delightful.