About

About Blu Jam Cafe

It started out as a fresh idea between friends; a casual café in Hollywood that would utilize local and organic ingredients to create gourmet breakfast and lunch dishes at an affordable price. Friends and partners Kamil Majer and David Fris shared that dream, which ultimately became a reality in 2006 when the first Blu Jam Café opened its doors on Melrose Avenue.

Kamil and David, both whom emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia, harkened back to their similar European heritage to create an environment that felt like home. Holding to the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they set out to build a creative and eclectic menu that merges flavors from around the world. “Breakfast should never be boring,” according to Kamil. “We should look forward to it when we wake up, and treat ourselves to the best food imaginable.”

The name Blu Jam was chosen to celebrate the history of the Melrose location, which had been an underground Jazz club where Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and countless greats once played. Today, the pictures of jazz and blues legends line the walls, and their unforgettable music still dances around the room as it did nearly half a century ago.

From a single restaurant built on the cornerstone of impeccable service with a personal touch, Blu Jam continues to grow. With the help of Jeff Shulem, who joined the team in 2013, brand new Blu Jam Cafés are opening in exciting locations. Jeff, an Ernst & Young CPA with M&A experience, brings not only accounting disciplines but also the creative marketing and PR skills to help take the Blu Jam brand to national and global markets.

About-Kamil

Meet Kamil

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Blu Jam Café founder and Executive Chef, Kamil Majer, is the epitome of the American dream.

Kamil grew up in the small spa town of Carlsbad, in former Czechoslovakia, where he developed his strong passion for the culinary arts at a young age. He fondly remembers watching his mother in the kitchen, as well as hand-picking fresh, seasonal, local ingredients such as wild mushrooms, hazelnuts, and seasonal fruits.

“Every great dish starts with high quality ingredients,” he explains. “There is only so much salt and sugar you can put in a low-quality dish to make it taste ok.”

Presentation plays a large part in Chef Kamil’s food philosophy, which he also learned from his dear mother.

“I am keen on presentation, as well, simply all because of my Mom. When she made a simple lunch at home for my sister and me, she always made it look like it was meant for royalty. It was the same when she had friends over— a simple sprig of parsley on a slice of lemon goes a long way,” he jokes.

Kamil’s journey from an Eastern Block country to Los Angeles was a long and intense one. After dropping out of Hotel and Business school in 1979, Kamil left his home to escape persecution from Communism and to seek a better life for himself and his family. He traveled through Hungary and landed in former Yugoslavia, where he was detained in a refugee camp for almost a year while waiting to be accepted into the United States.

After a long delay, Kamil finally crossed the Atlantic and landed in New York. His next stop was Boston, Massachusetts where he secured his first job in America washing dishes at the acclaimed Colonnade Hotel. But Boston was just a start. Kamil’s dream was to live in California.

Upon arriving in Los Angeles in 1983, Kamil started out in kitchens and dining rooms at the famed Century Plaza Hotel, where he quickly worked his way up. The five-star experience he gained from the “White House of the West Coast”— a nickname the hotel earned because the first family would stay there several times per year— led to even bigger and better opportunities. It wasn’t long before Kamil was chosen to be part of the team tasked with opening The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

His experience at The Four Seasons Hotel opened more doors for Kamil. But following several incredible stints working in prestigious hotels, such as the famous Biltmore and Bonaventure Hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, he decided it was time to move on professionally. The hotel business felt too corporate, and his Bohemian side craved more creativity, so Kamil left the industry and began working in high-end restaurants throughout Los Angeles and Tokyo.

“I wanted to experience and learn different cuisines, service trends and all the day-to-day operations because I wanted to open up my own restaurant one day,” he explained. “To be successful in today’s restaurant business, it’s not good enough just to be a great cook. You need to know about your kitchen, food costs, accounting, service, wine, PR, local laws and health regulations… sometimes my head spins!” Kidding aside, he still loves cooking and entertaining for friend and guests alike.

“I have been really fortunate to work with some great Chefs and some
fantastic Maitre D’s, so I observed, I asked questions, and learned from the best.”

Today, Kamil is involved in all day-to-day operations at all Blu Jam Café Locations, and can be seen shaking hands and socializing with guests. He routinely conducts menu taste tests with his management team to make sure his customers are treated to the best dining experience possible.

“We have local produce delivered six days a week, we have no freezers. I have decided to make a lot things from scratch— granola, pancake mix, dressings, jams, ketchup, mayonnaise, aiolis— just to name few. This way I can eliminate the use of high fructose corn syrup and other unwanted ingredients in your food. If I can’t pronounce it, I will NOT eat it and neither should you!”

Kamil resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Ilona, and their two adorable daughters. In his spare time Kamil enjoys creating new recipes, and writing children’s books, as well as an upcoming cookbook. He can also be seen and heard cheering for his beloved Manchester United and LA Kings.

Beyond food, Kamil’s wine knowledge (and personal wine collection) is extensive. He enjoys sharing wines with his wife and friends over home cooked meals, though there is less time for that these days, since the Blu Jam Brand is rapidly growing and expanding throughout the Southland and abroad.

“I really want to bring the Blu Jam experience— high-end, homemade food— to every neighborhood in Southern California.”

Kamil is currently preparing to open his fifth and sixth locations in Los Angeles.

“Wait, what am I doing to myself,” he laughs.

FAQs

FAQs

How do I make a reservation at Blu Jam Café?
Unfortunately we do not accept reservations at Blu Jam Café.

Why don’t you offer to-go orders?
Click here for a detailed explanation

Is Blu Jam Café dog friendly?
Our Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills locations allow dogs on the front patios but our Hollywood location does not due to the size of our patio. Service dogs are exempt at any of our locations.

I’m interested in possibly shooting at one of your locations, is there a rental or location fee?
Yes. If you’d like to shoot after hours (6pm – 11pm), 7 days a week, there is a $200 hourly “Space Rental Fee” with a 4 hour minimum requirement PLUS an additional $30 hourly staffing fee to oversee your shoot (4 hour minimum). After the 4th hour, the “Space Rental Fee” is the same- $200 EACH additional hour PLUS $30 EACH additional hour staffing fee.
Full “Buyouts” are also available at any one of our locations. Email us at info@blujamcafe.com for additional info and our current rates.

I’m looking for a venue to host a 25-30 person birthday brunch. Would you be able to accommodate us?
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate private parties during business hours unless there is a full “Buyout”. We do offer our “Takeout Platters” menu that you may order from (pick-up or delivery available with a delivery fee). The complete menu is also available on our website under the “Large Platters” tab.

Do you offer offsite catering?
Blu Jam Café does not offer any offsite catering.

 

For any questions not answered here or additional information regarding Blu Jam Café, email us at info@blujamcafe.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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