Margrit Modavi at Chef Kent’s Home and Other Current News

NFL Countdown

As the countdown begins to February 6, 2011, Taste of the NFL and “Iron Chef America” winner Kent Rathbun are gearing up for the first time that the Super Bowl will be held in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area with the announcement of Taste of the NFL Dinner Series.  A progression of culinary events leading up to Super Bowl XLV and the annual Taste of the NFL’s Party With A Purpose®, an event that takes place each year on the eve of the Super Bowl, local football fans and foodies alike will have the opportunity to enjoy dinners from some of DFW’s hottest restaurants and dine with a purpose.

The Taste of the NFL Dinner Series will begin the week of September 12 and run through January 1, 2011 with each Fantasy chef hosting a six course dinner at his/her restaurant.  All Taste of the NFL Dinner Series will be priced at $125 plus tax and gratuity per person with proceeds benefiting the North Texas and Tarrant Area Food Banks.  To view a complete schedule of events or to learn more about the Taste of the NFL, visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.
Special thanks to Halperns’, the premier purveyor of center-of-the-plate proteins, for their donation of all meat and seafood; FreshPoint, the largest foodservice distributor of fresh produce in the country, for their donation of all produce; Gallo Family Vineyards, largest exporter of California wines, for their donation of all wine; the entire Fantasy Team chefs; and all the dedicated volunteers committed to passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.



Chef Kent Rathbun’s
New Line of products:
Now available at Central Market
Abacus, Jasper’s and
Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen

Rathbun is Smokin’!

Restaurant creator, James Beard-nominated chef and “Iron Chef America” winner Kent Rathbun brings his signature blend of flavors to the home cook. And the only store where you’ll find the line is Central Market!
To launch the delicious new Kent Rathbun Elements sauces and rubs, available exclusively at Central Market stores and his restaurant locations, Rathbun will travel the state of Texas with a giant 18′ smoker in tow to each Central Market location for a Texas-sized cookout for our annual “Thrill of the Grill” celebration. Word is he’s going to do smoked pork shoulder for sampling!

Get instruction on Grilling the Perfect Steak and How to Saute a Fish from the master – check his tour schedule here! And get inspired by recipes from Kent on how to use his new Ancho Chile, Honey Teriyaki and Texas Peach barbecue sauces.

Our “Thrill of the Grill” has gained so much popularity it will be held for two full weeks for the first time this year. The dates are April 23 through May 2, with most of the activities taking place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

More Information on Kent Rathbun Elements

Having created some of the nation’s most talked about restaurant concepts, the James Beard-nominated chef and “Iron Chef America” winner brings his signature blend of flavors into your home with a total of 11 wet and dry products.

“When channels like the Food Network drew attention to the culinary world, the term Celebrity Chef enabled myself and many others to not only be accomplished in the kitchen but to succeed in many other areas of business, including book deals, cooking shows and of course, product lines,” said Kent Rathbun. “It was an extremely long process to launch Kent Rathbun Elements because I wanted to be 100% confident and comfortable with what was in each jar and ultimately, on the household table. I am thrilled to be offering some of my favorite recipes to the experienced and beginner chefs and am honored that Central Market took interest in my line. I look forward to receiving feedback on how well each product in received.”

A collection of sauces, dressings, spices, and marinades made exclusively by Rathbun for the home chef, Kent Rathbun Elements are easy to use and will transform any dish into a culinary masterpiece. Exclusively available beginning April 22, 2010 in all Central Market Locations, Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, and on the Kent Rathbun Web site at www.kentrathbunstore.com, Rathbun fans will have the opportunity to obtain the following list of products:

·     Rathbun’s Caesar Dressing
·     Roast Shallot-Black Pepper Vinaigrette
·     Thai Red Curry-Coconut Sauce,
a.k.a. Abacus’ Lobster “Shooter” Sauce
·     Yellow Curry Sauce
·     Ancho Chili Barbecue Sauce
·     Honey-Teriyaki Barbecue Sauce
·     Texas Peach Barbecue Sauce
·     Asian Black Soy Marinade
·     Spicy Thai Marinade
·     Steak and Chop Garlic Salt
·     Rathbun’s Family Barbecue Rub




Big Daddy Stimulus Package

Don’t miss our Spring Package!


Including Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen –
Also listed is our updated Happy Hour for each location,
come by for some refreshing summer cocktails!

Drop into Abacus, Jasper’s, and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen for our daily specials and help do your part for the economy













Abacus and Jasper’s have been doing word-of-mouth catering since Abacus opened in 1999. Now with Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen and the demand for catering from all locations, Chef Kent Rathbun is launching Kent Rathbun Catering. This new service will provide exquisite one-stop catering. From hors d’oeuvres to a seated dinner, we can provide everything you need to have the most enjoyable and memorable event. As a full-service company, we attend to every detail of your event. We coordinate rentals, secure locations, and create the perfect atmosphere for a wedding, a corporate event, or an “at home” dinner party. Extraordinary cuisine and exceptional service are just the beginning of what you will experience from Kent Rathbun Catering. Chef

Kent has had years of experience, and ran Dani Catering at the Dallas Museum for Art from 1995 to1998.
Whether you are entertaining a party of 12 or 300, we will create a food and wine experience that will simply be unmatched. Kent Rathbun Catering will be happy to cater that special wedding, block party (we will bring Chef Kent’s Brinkmann smoker) and most any event you bring to us. Our chefs are also quite skilled at barbeque events of all sizes. Do you need Mexican or Italian catering? Not a problem. Our choice of menus is designed to be flexible and complete.
For that special evening, Chef Kent offers his home to you and your guests for dinner and a chef demonstration. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres on the spacious terrace overlooking the city and a fabulous seated dinner.
We also provide delivery to your private jet. We are raising the expectation of what in-flight cuisine can be. Chef Rathbun has designed a menu to take your aviation catering to an entirely new level. Enjoy a gourmet menu for those discriminating guests who expect top quality and ease of ordering when flying.

View our new website at www.kentrathbun.com/catering

terrykranzOur Dallas/Ft. Worth Catering is run by Catering Manager Terry Kranz. Terry started as a server at Abacus in 2001 and worked his way through the ranks with his hard work, dedication and attention to detail. His excitement about our product and service makes him the number one pick for our guests’ satisfaction. Terry will personally work with you to design a menu that will work perfectly for your group. He will coordinate all of the rentals, service staff, and beverages. Besides your home, Terry has secured many locations where we can cater your event. These include the Dallas Arboretum, The Women’s Museum, Frontiers of Flight Museum, FIG, Trinity River Audonbon Center, Hickory Street Annex, The Goss-Michael Foundation, The Apartment and The Filter Building. To book an event with Terry you can email him at terryk@kentrathbun.com or 214-663-5504.

paulsepulvedaFor Kent Rathbun Catering in Austin please contact Jasper’s General Manager Paul Sepulveda or 512-832-8012







For Houston/The Woodlands please contact Sales Manager/ Assistant General Manager Ashley Parker or 281-298-6600






Donna Tanner

To book a dinner in Chef Kent’s 19th Floor Penthouse in The Heights at Park Lane, please contact Donna Tanner or 469-867-3681



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Abacus and Jasper’s Restaurant Group | 4511 McKinney Ave | Dallas | TX | 75205




Rathbun’s Continues to Enhance Its Menu By Introducing Heart-Healthy Lunch Items and $10 Menu Choices

Come taste our heart-healthy items that provide exceptional taste along with healthy benefits. With the use of simple ingredients, Chef Kent Rathbun has created heart-healthy menu items including, Grilled Chicken Breast with Portobello Mushrooms, Ricotta, Rosemary Olive Oil and Mache Salad; Salmon Burger; Heirloom Tomato Dallas Mozzarella Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing; Tassione Farm Field Green Salad with Roasted Lemon-Sherry Vinaigrette; Grilled Chicken Breast with California Avocado, Paula’s Cottage Cheese and Avocado Yogurt; and Shrimp, Crab and Lobster “Coleslaw” with Cilantro-Lime Dressing. All heart-healthy menu items are designated by a red heart.

In conjunction with these items on our everyday menu, Chef Rathbun will offer a Heart Healhty Blue Plate Special for lunch and dinner until September 5. Starting September 14, on each Monday our Blue Plate Special will be Heart Healthy. Come join us and feel good again!

Chef Rathbun has also added new $10 menu items on our lunch menu. Enjoy Carr Valley Mammoth Cheddar Grilled Cheese, Chef’s Choice Taco Plate of the Day, Salmon Burger and Grilled Flatbread and Hummus with Feta Cheese. While you are there, don’t miss our 11 to 7 happy hour (only if you do not have to go back to work!!).


Jasper’s The Woodlands Happy Hour
Happy Hour in Bar and Bar patio
Monday to Saturday, 3 pm to 7 pm and 9 pm to Close, All Day Sunday

$2 off all Beer, Wines by the Glass, and Cocktails, $5 Specialty Drink List  and $5 Edibles
Jasper’s Austin Happy Hour
We are open, it is Happy Hour in Our Bar and Patio!!
$2 off all Beer, Wines by the Glass, and Cocktails, $5 Specialty Drink List and $5 Edibles

Abacus and Jasper’s Restaurant Group | 4511 McKinney Ave | Dallas | TX | 75205

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