Café '36

2965 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI  49008

Phone: (269) 501-3399

Café '36

Modern American seasonal restaurant focusing on all natural, sustainable and organic foods, in a refined warm setting. Where New York culinary innovation meets the Kalamazoo dining scene.

Sawall Health Foods has been providing all natural and organic foods to our communities for more than 80 years. Sawall's has reinvested in our community over the years by purchasing from local organic farms and businesses to provide our customers with the freshest and cleanest products available. The opening of Café'36 at Sawall's is a new chapter in our family's history to provide our friends and neighbors a new dining experience in Kalamazoo.


Our Executive Chef:
Jason Tilmann was born and raised in Michigan. While obtaining his Culinary Degree from Indian River Community College in Florida, Jason worked as an apprentice for the American Culinary Federation.

Upon his graduation he met his mentor Hidemase Yamamoto, who recognized and nurtured Jason's love for Asian cuisine. He accepted a position as an Executive Banquet Chef at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. During his two years at Chatham Bars Inn, Jason studied with chefs such as Iron Chef Morimoto, Ming Tsai from Blue Ginger, David Burke, Norman Love, the Ritz Carlton's Laurence McFadden and China native Susan Lee.

Chef Tilmann took the job of junior Sous Chef at New York City's, Union Square Café, while concurrently working extra shifts at the coveted restaurant Daniel, working under Chef Alex Lee and focusing on French cuisine. Utilizing these experiences, Jason accepted the job of junior Sous Chef at Le Cirque where his talent and drive were quickly recognized by world-renowned chef David Burke. Jason was invited to assist in the planning and opening of David Burke & Donatella restaurant. Jason was then hired as head chef to open Feng Asian Bistro in Hartford, Connecticut. During his time there, he garnered the restaurant top reviews: Best new Restaurant '07, Best Pacific Rim '07 Conn Magazine (3 Stars); Hartford Courant (4 stars); and Hartford Magazine (5 forks). Soon after, Jason was invited to work for Hide Yamamoto in Tokyo, Japan, where he concentrated on mastering Japanese cuisine. Having developed, refined, and expanded his techniques in Asian cuisine while living in Japan, Jason accepted a position as a Sous Chef with Chef Morimoto. Determined to be a well-rounded chef with experience in all types of cuisine and kitchen positions, Jason then accepted the position of Banquet Chef at the historic 21 Club.

Jason's recent achievements include opening NYY Steak as the Executive Chef (NY Yankees Steak House) and traveling to Singapore to lead a team of chefs to build and open Hide Yamamoto, a 4-star restaurant in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Having an impeccable reputation for fresh and exciting cuisine, Jason worked as an Executive Chef and consultant for David Burke's expanding restaurant group in the greater New York area: Townhouse, Burke in the Box, Fishtail, and David Burke's Fromagerie. Jason has worked as a monthly guest chef on channel 3 CBS (WFSB in Hartford, CT) and appeared on Iron Chef America, Chopped, and Restaurant 101.

Experience Executive Chef Jason Tilmann's unique and creative culinary abilities at Café '36 at Sawall's!



Show Map

Business Information


Parking: Parking Lot
Payment Options: Cash, Visa, Amex, Mastercard, Discover
Serving: Dinner, Coffee, Drinks
Restaurant Services: Takes Reservations, Group-Friendly, Has Waiters, Outdoor Seating

Categories: Restaurant

Hours

Mon: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Report a Problem

Past Events

Coffee With Heart - Kalamazoo

Coffee With Heart - Kalamazoo
09:30 am - 12/02/2017

At Café '36

Join the Michigan Chapter of The Children's Heart Foundation for a morning filled with coffee, conversation and brainstorming ways we can raise awareness and funds...

Detroit Tweets

Gravity Software
Gravity Software
Are your business financials taking longer to produce? And by the time you get them done, the data five days old?… https://t.co/nQuZWPY9Pf

Greg Mangan
Greg Mangan
RT @DevitaDavison: Honored to be named one of the leaders in #Detroit shaping life in 2020! https://t.co/JmneSB4N88

YER LORD
YER LORD
RT @FatalKozi: New video “Mack” out NOW #detroit

Dawn Valentine
Dawn Valentine
RT @DetroitStreetVu: #Detroit, Nicolet Pl, 1960-2019. Modern town homes designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as part of the Lafayette Park…

ALPHABULL
ALPHABULL
Try Not To Laugh Hood vines and Savage Memes Part 132 - https://t.co/wiZATF0QTk - #Detroit #313 #6mile #7mile #8mile #9mile

deepspaceradio
deepspaceradio
Infekt Radio featuring @JaysonJoyce will be #live at 12pm EDT today! Go to https://t.co/zxcC0yMFnd for all of the l… https://t.co/i8yEQg9cz4

Nikia Moy Pugh
Nikia Moy Pugh
RT @Motown_Museum: As we reflect on the amazing life and legacy of #MLK, we are profoundly honored that #Motown was part of this history. T…

The Connected Experience Podcast
The Connected Experience Podcast
It’s Monday Right, press play on the latest episode of The Connected Experience Podcast f/ Tone Scott aka AK of Oop… https://t.co/D3nAfY2mSK

@CAY2Foundation.org
@CAY2Foundation.org
On this #MLKDay2020 let's start the discussion on equal opportunities. If you could #TweetMLK how could you help h… https://t.co/fgaAXeSBuI

SEMI eNews
SEMI eNews
RT @BacktoDetroit: @VikingCruises announces expedition voyages along @PureMichigan's Great Lakes! Launching January of 2022, the Viking Oct…