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Making sandwiches is my favorite part

08/21/2017

Jared Bacus

"You always need to work in your stores. I’m 10 years in and I’m still in my stores every day. That’s the best way to do it! Your employees want to see you in the store. Nobody likes having the boss that just sits back and collects checks. They want to see that you still make sandwiches and, honestly, I still love it. It’s my favorite part."

-Jared Bacus, Jimmy John's Owner, Phoenix, AZ,  Mesa, AZ, Colby, KS & Prescott Valley, AZ

I believe in these people

08/09/2017

 

Joseph Watson

"For the first year and a half that I worked at JJ’s, I didn’t have a car. I walked a half hour to and from work. Now I have my own apartment and my own car, and this company is the reason I have those things. I can count on the people here and they take care of me. Our owners, Marc and Mary, and our General Manager, Pat, have been incredibly gracious to me. I believe in these people, I believe in the product, and I believe in the individuals that make the product. I just love these people so damn much and I would literally do anything for them. Their hearts run this place."

- Joseph Watson, 2nd Assistant Manager, Normal, IL #2714

 

 

My Passion

08/02/2017

Jimmy John's Employee

"I’ve played guitar for about 11 years now. It’s something I wind down with at the end of the day, or any time really. When I just feel like hanging out, chillin’, or need to get something off my mind; whether I’m happy or sad I just pick it up and go to that place."

-Austin Doyle, Inshop, Normal, IL #2714

 

Love what you do

07/26/2017

Jennifer Feeney

"Everyone has a special purpose in life. It’s just a matter of finding out what it is. You may jump through a lot of hoops to get there, but that’s okay. I started at a vet clinic, then I sold scrubs, and then I worked at a day care.  Now I’m at Jimmy John’s, and I’ve finally finished nursing school. It’s okay to change your direction! There is something out there that you will love doing every single second of your day. You’ll figure it out as long as you’re working hard and following what your head and heart say.”

-Jennifer Feeney, Inshop, Normal, IL #2714

 

 

 

Jimmy At Home: Spinach Artichoke Bread Pudding

07/24/2017

Jimmy John's French Bread Spinach and Artichoke Bread Pudding

 

Need a dish to pass but maybe you're not SO good in the kitchen? I got you.

Check out this tasty Spinach Artichoke Bread Pudding recipe using Jimmy John's Day Old Bread. It'll leave all your friends wondering when you went to culinary school. #goals

 

What to order:

2 loaves of Jimmy John's Day Old Bread (available everyday until it's gone!)

 

What you'll need at home:

14 oz can of artichokes

4 oz frozen spinach, dry

2 large eggs

8 oz Brie cheese

1 Tbsp butter 

1 oz Parmesan cheese

1/2 C sour cream

1 C whole milk

Parsley, oregano, salt & pepper to taste

 

Jimmy John's Day Old French Bread and Spinach Artichoke Bread Pudding

What to do: 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish. (9x9 is preferred, but I used a large dish and didn't mess anything up!)

In a large bowl, mix together the bread, spinach, artichokes & spices.

In a bowl, mix together milk, sour cream, & eggs until blended. Pour the egg custard (fancy eh?) over your bread mixture and toss it all together to combine. Mix in about 6 oz of the brie and the parmesan cheese!

Jimmy John's Day Old Bread recipe

Transfer the bread pudding to the casserole dish and place the remaining brie on the top sporadically. Cover the dish with foil and let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes.

Bake covered for 45 minutes and then uncovered for about 10 minutes.

Spinach Artichoke Bread Pudding using JImmy John's Day Old Bread Baking

Let cool, then serve and devour!

Spinach and Artichoke Bread Pudding using Jimmy John's Day Old Bread

 

 
 
Our Journey Has Begun

07/19/2017

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"We stopped at a Jimmy John’s on our way home from Wisconsin, and after eating there we were like, ‘let’s look into this!’ So the next day I filled out the franchisee inquiry online, got a call, and we set up an appointment. Within about a week we went to Jimmy John’s headquarters in Champaign. We went the day after the Cubs won the World Series, so we had all of our Cubs gear on. From there, our journey began!”

 - Christina Longoria, Franchisee, Miami, FL #576 and #2729

 

 

Never Give Up

07/12/2017

Jimmy John's Employee

"It's important to never give up. No matter how hard it is, keep trying. Don't give up! In the end, you'll be really proud of yourself. Jimmy John's is my first job and I started when I was 17 years old. Now I'm 19 and the 1st Assistant Manager, I've taken my job seriously and it's paying off!"

-Hadley McCullough, 1st Assistant Manager, Danville, IL #3055

 

Jimmy At Home: Hot Pepe & Pineapple Sliders

07/07/2017

We all know Jimmy John's is Where Fresh and Fast Meet, but when you wanna slow it down a bit, I'm here for ya too. 

Check out this tasty Jimmy John's menu hack for when you've got a few extra minutes at home! These Pepe & Pineapple sliders are perfect for dinner, tailgates or a backyard luau! 🌴

Jimmy John's Pepe Sandwich

 

What to order:

Pepe (all-natural ham & tasty provolone cheese), no mayo, no veggies, add Dijon

Your favorite Jimmy Sides

 

What you'll need at home:

1 can of pineapple rings 

Grill 

 

What to do:

1. Preheat grill

2. Once grill is hot, open your Pepe and place bread side down to toast. Toast until the cheese is gooey and melted! 

 

Jimmy John's grilled pineapple and ham sliders

 

3. Place pineapple rings on grill, flipping once, and grill until each side is browned.

Jimmy John's Pepe Sandwich with Pineapple

 

4. Place three slices of pineapple on your sub from end to end. Close your sandwich and slice into 3rds! 

Jimmy John's Pepe Sliders

 

5. Enjoy warm with your favorite Jimmy Chips or a Pickle Bucket! 

Hot Pepe and Pineapple Sliders

 

 

 

 

Jimmy John's Owner Dan Vansteenburg empowers employees to work for themselves!

07/06/2017

Meet Jimmy John's owner Dan Vansteenburg!

He's the second-largest franchise owner with stores in Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin and Massachusetts!

Jimmy John's Owner

Former school teacher, Dan Van, became a Jimmy John’s owner 16 years ago in Roseville, MN. After some initial success, Dan set a goal to open 30 more locations. He and his team are now rockin’ out and serving tasty subs to folks in 59 stores across 4 states!

Best-in-class product and an extremely structured organization is what drew Dan to the company. Dan says that Jimmy John Liautaud, Jimmy John’s owner and founder, is who he admires in the industry, “As a franchisee, my number one rule is to do what Jimmy is doing. In Jimmy, I have a successful leader and one who always speaks and acts from a place of genuine authority because he is doing what I am doing every day.”

Dan’s everyday routine varies from day-to-day, he says, “I work closely with the Jimmy John's management team to test various strategies, products, and best practices. I help remove obstacles and I high-five my rock star staff.” Dan still makes subs and spreads the JJ love to his customers! 

Read more about Dan’s story here. For more information on our founder, like Jimmy John Liautaud on Facebook.

You can learn a lot from your passions

07/05/2017

Jimmy John's Employee

 "If you enjoy something, stick with it. If you’re passionate about it, be passionate about it. That takes some discipline and hard work, but it can take you places. You can learn a lot from your passions, whatever they may be.”

-Ben Donaldson, 2nd Assistant Manager, Champaign, IL #9015