Range & Reef will travel to your home, business, or chosen venue to live-fire grill onsite and customize the menu to suit your event.
Chef Jim uses the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers to ensure your spread is delicious and memorable.
Chef Jim of Range & Reef is available all year round provided he hasn't already been booked. Book your next event now to guarantee the date.
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What is live-fire grilling?
For one, it's an extraordinary culinary experience.
Live-fire grilling is simple but embedded in our DNA. Long before ovens existed, humans cooked their food outside over open flames. They used wood from the forests and fields they wandered through and then gathered together around the fire in the evening as the game they caught sizzled. This was a time for sharing: sharing food, sharing stories, sharing warmth, and sharing good company. It was a cherished tradition for our hunter/gatherer ancestors that nourished and sustained both their appetites and their souls.
Chef Jim Holderbaum has been live-fire grilling for over 25 years and his passion in sharing this time-honored tradition with his clients and their guests. He uses professional stainless steel wood fired grills manufactured by Grillworks™, allowing him to cook onsite using hand-split oak along with peach, cherry and apple wood sourced from local orchards. Each wood fire infuses its own unique, smoky flavor into the meat, fish, and vegetables, creating amazing flavors and textures through the simplicity of live-fire grilling. Chef Jim welcomes guests to gather around the grills and experience the unique sight, sounds and aromas as he creates a “culinary symphony” between fire and food.
You will not find re-heated food served in warming trays at his events. Instead, Chef Jim creates an extraordinary culinary experience at every event that delights guests and leaves an enduring memory. Everything he prepares is fresh and cooked right in front of guests who serve themselves as food comes hot off the fire. He prides himself on being present and the one manning the grill at every event he books; his personality and tales of international travel are part of the package (be sure to ask him about Azerbaijan and North Korea!). Range and Reef wouldn't be Range and Reef without Chef Jim Holderbaum.