The Man Behind Range & Reef

Chef Jim Holderbaum is the genius behind Range and Reef. During the time he spent traveling the world as an international development advisor to over 60 countries, he had the privilege of partaking in meals with people from all over the globe when they invited him into their homes and gave him a taste of their unique cooking rituals. While the method varied from place to place, he discovered that cooking over an open flame was a thread connecting humans all over the planet. Chef Holderbaum fell in love with the experience of food: the preparation, the presentation, the conversation. From start to finish, he learned that food brings people together.

Because of the hospitality shown to him during that time, and the amazing meals he enjoyed as a guest in far-off places, Chef Holderbaum has now dedicated himself to sharing those food adventures at home on the east coast. Not only is it his goal to share these timeless traditions at special occasions locally, but he also aims to offer cooking and grilling tips in his Journal and invites readers, from anywhere, to learn about the places he has visited over the years.

Gathering together as a community of friends, family, guests, and hosts, and partaking in delicious, masterfully crafted meals, is what it’s all about. Range and Reef is committed to only using locally sourced provisions and wood, building relationships with providers and residents in Maryland and the surrounding area, and creating cooking experiences that brings people together.

Join Chef Jim Holderbaum as he creates an unforgettable culinary symphony of food and fire by inviting us to cater your next event. Go Beyond Catering with Range and Reef.

My passion is helping clients bring people together around great food and making the food a personal and central part of entertaining.
Our clients want the food at their events to tell their guests, we are glad you are here!
— Chef Jim Holderbaum
Chef Jim Holderbaum

Chef Jim Holderbaum


Relationships Are Everything

The quality of the food we prepare begins with personal relationships with our suppliers and purveyors.

Roseda Farm


Roseda Farm, in Baltimore Maryland, provides Range & Reef with gourmet, premium Angus beef that's natural, tender, and USDA inspected for quality.

The District FishWife


Range & Reef uses The District FishWife because it provides fresh fish and shellfish that has been sustainably sourced from regional fisheries.

T.S. Smith & Sons


T.S. Smith & Sons is an orchard in Bridgeville, Delaware. Range & Reef uses peach wood for its live-fire grill, which makes grilled food memorable.


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