I really can’t say enough good things about Homespun Atlanta. This culinary experience is a new (old) concept that brings (back) values and feelings that might otherwise have eluded our generation. Imagine: strangers, acquaintances, friends seated around a beautifully rustic table, set in the heart of urbania, sharing a home-cooked meal and engaging in genuine conversation, no electronic devices allowed. Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients range the color spectrum and are expertly combined to create a memorably exquisite meal. Name cards are placed strategically to encourage new connections. Candles and laughter light the room.
Not only is Jason Jimenez an incredible chef, he is also a pioneer. He is bringing a taste of what can only be described as “real life” to our city: natural, responsible, important. He is passionate about his craft, sharing recipes and promoting practices that encourage health, wellness, and balance. It’s good. For real.
Name and age: Jason Jimenez, just turned thirty on Sunday
Current neighborhood: Smyrna
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
What brought you to (or kept you in, or brought you back to) Atlanta?
I returned to Atlanta after my 4 year stent in Charleston (where I went to culinary school & worked at some great restaurants). Being closer to family brought me back.
How do you pay the bills? What is your “slash”? (i.e. teacher/ amateur cupcake baker)
Hosting Homespun Gatherings and Private Chef. I’ll come to your home.
What do you create?
Wholesome food that brings people together.
What do you collect?
Kitchen Equipment… White Dishes, Cast Iron Pans, Japanese Knifes, etc. My latest find was a set of vintage enamel platters and pots.
A favorite local business:
Currently Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano and Atlanta’s farmers markets- Morningside is a favorite on Saturday mornings.
Favorite way or place to unwind:
At a park on a blanket alongside my wife.
Latest great adventure:
Leaving a secure job and becoming an entrepreneur.
Coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween: T
he Cookie Monster-Don’t ask…
What occupation did you want to do as a child?
An Architect or Football player
What is your favorite dessert?
The Seven Layer Coconut Cake at Peninsula Grill in Charleston
What song do you love most?
Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen-Nothing beats The Boss.
If you were going to write a book, what would be the title and what would it be about?
Not sure about the title, but it’d be about Homespun cooking…sourcing in season, cooking techniques, and having a creative approach.
Concerts or museums?
Concerts! There’s nothing like live music.
My favorite brunch item?
Poached Eggs with Hollandaise and Canadian Bacon
Table decor by Juli Vaughn Designs.