As we continue our spotlight on women in business, we wanted you to meet Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald of Jennifer’s Catering and introduce you to her latest labor of love, The Market by Jennifer’s. We have asked her to share more about riding bikes to the restaurant and where in the world she would want to go on a bike ride. There’s even a little tasty treat for Inspired by the Bike readers – read on for more details!
Share the Jennifer’s Catering Story with us – how did you get started and what inspired your new restaurant?
I’ve always loved to cook and entertain! After more than 15 years of leading my own catering and event planning company, Jennifer’s Catering, I started to envision a different dream: a restaurant/market where customers could come in, sit down and enjoy a nice meal – or dash in and grab something already prepared. It would also have to have a catering aspect to it – so curbside catering to go was also formed in this dream of mine. I also envisioned a place that really draws a community together.
Today: The Market by Jennifer’s is reality! We’re located on the west side of the Gaslamp Square – on the southeast corner of Indian School and 36th Street. We have a dine-in space and a lovely patio to enjoy our sunny days and spectacular sunsets. We offer healthy grab n’ go meals for those busier days when folks are running from one thing to the next. We also have curbside catering – so you can drive in, we’ll load up your car with everything from the hors d’oeuvres to the décor desired at your party – and voila! You’re good to go! The Market is also excited to host community events – such as wine tastings and special meals prepared by guest chefs.
We really want to be good neighbors – we hope to weave ourselves into the fabric of this fantastic area; and we hope folks will stop in and say hello!
Oh! We also want to extend a special offer to readers who are Inspired by the Bike: mention you read about us on Bicyclette’s blog and receive half off any wine and a free “chips and dips” Nosh Board! C’est magnifique!
What is your favorite menu item?
I love our unique wine selection and there’s really nothing more lovely than sitting out on our patio and watching the sun as it sets while sipping a great glass of wine. So, wine. Oh, you want a food item, too? How can I pick just one?! Our executive chef, Matt McLinn (of Methode Bistro and BLT Steak) has created such a gorgeous, scrumptious menu for The Market. I love our “local greens” for something light and delicious. Our “crispy salmon” is not to be missed. And I always save room for our “smores board.”
What can guests who ride their bikes to your restaurant expect?
We knew the Arcadia community loves and encourages cycling among its residents – that’s why we designed an accommodating bike rack, which is situated along the backside of The Market.
You can pull up – and we’ve got easy access right up the stairs into The Market. And your bikes will be completely safe as you dine or shop for items to go!
Where is your favorite place to ride your bike in the Valley?
I love riding my bike anywhere with my son, Cooper. We could just ride back and forth in front of the house, but to see him smile and hear him laugh – that’s one of the greatest joys in the world for me.
If you could ride your bike anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Well, I’m Italian, you know. So, if I could ride my bike anywhere in the world, it would have to be through Tuscany. I would love to sample the local cuisine and sip wine while taking in the ancient architecture and hearing the locals’ stories of times gone by. With all the great food and wine, I probably wouldn’t get too far on my bike, but it would be a great experience, nonetheless!
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