“Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.” -Homaro Cantu
For thousands of years food has been at the forefront of our relationships. We spend our birthdays, holidays and work lunches dining over food and good conversation. These days you’re often hard pressed to find something local. We spend our nights on the internet, asking friends and strangers the best places to eat and shop, but our cities have become overpopulated with one stop shops and generic eateries. That’s one of the reasons we started our member company. For us at SJ Hot Chefs, local runs in our DNA. We take the utmost pride in everything we do, including our independent restaurants, because it’s more than food for us, it’s about community, family and investing in the places that we live every single day.
Even though we love our local independent member restaurants, their uniqueness is threatened daily in America. We have all experienced the monotony of chains and big corporations looking to make a profit rather than provide a handmade experience. While not all of these are bad, we deeply believe there is a better way to invest in our cities and that starts with you and I. There are millions of people out there hungry, like us, for something authentic, something local. That’s why we started SJ Hotchefs.
Part of the beauty in life is understanding that everyday is unique and incredible experience. That’s how we approach each and everyday at our member restaurants. People want authentic experiences and time and time again we deliver them them.
Part of supporting our restaurants means you are supporting local farmers. We deeply believe in farm to table and celebrate that distinction every single day. This isn’t just a job for us, it’s a way of life. Our communities matter just as much as our food.
Eating at our restaurants is never about being rushed out the doors or generic food, it’s about creating an incredible experience and authentic community. We are mothers and daughters, fathers and sons who are dedicated to our home, South Jersey. It’s our honor to bring the best food in the country to you right in your own backyard. What we do isn’t the norm. We band together instead of tearing other restaurants apart. We are a family and being local isn’t easy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. This holiday season, step into any of our restaurants and try something new, we promise, you won’t regret it.
With over 40 member restaurants you’re guaranteed to find something unique that you’ll love. We pride ourselves on two basic principles: a great culinary experience and exceptional service. It’s hard to market something you don’t love, and most times you will visit our member restaurants, you’ll typically find the owner or an employee dining there as well. We live local, we eat local every single day.