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Chef Jason Santos New Boston Restaurant, Citrus & Salt, Opens November 21st

Chef Jason Santos, In The News

Citrus & Salt Opens Next Week, and There Will Be Dole Whips

Boston Eater November 13, 2017

longtime Back Bay restaurant will be reborn next week with a new name, new menu, and new decor. On Tuesday, November 21, Back Bay Harry’s transforms into Citrus & Salt, a Baja-inspired restaurant with a menu that reflects chef Jason Santos’s enthusiasm for the coastal cuisine of Southern California and Mexico.

Just nine months after debuting the New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon in the former BarLola space, Santos moves west for his newest project. The Mexico- and California-influenced menu at Citrus & Salt (142 Berkeley St.) features items like braised lamb flautas, Jonah crab tostadas, a duck carnitas empanada, beer-battered fish tacos, and ceviche, as Boston Magazinereports. As previously reported, the menu is meant to be a bit analogous to that of Buttermilk & Bourbon. The latter has oyster chowder, for example, while the former will have crab and cactus chowder. Buttermilk & Bourbon has honey-glazed biscuits with smoked cinnamon butter; Citrus & Salt will have agave-glazed blue cornmeal biscuits with smoked canela (aka cinnamon) butter and poblano-pepper jack spread.

Santos has partnered with chef Zen Hyderck, who comes to Citrus & Salt from the Waldorf Astoria in Boca Raton, Florida. Hyderck will oversee the menu, which boasts a signature item from his previous state: Dole Whip appears on the restaurant’s dessert menu. Diners may recognize this pineapple-flavored dessert from Disney, where it’s a cult classic. Citrus & Salt’s version will be served in a pineapple cup, and other desserts include additional sorbet flavors and churros.

On the drinks side, general manager and partner Colleen Hagerty has built a menu that features beer, wine, cocktails, and a selection of margaritas made with fruit purées. Citrus & Salt will offer red and white sangrias, a shareable margarita, and drinks accompanied by paletas, or popsicles. Additionally, there will be nitro cold brew coffee available on tap with chocolate tequila, cinnamon, and whipped cream.

The renovated space — designed by Boston-based Assembly Design Studio — features light accents, including pink tinted walls, wood panels, a succulent wall, and a skeleton mural, with twinkling light fixtures hanging overhead. Not pictured here: the “Garden of Santeria,” a darker dining room in the rear (available for private events) that features lounge furniture, greenery, and blacklight-responsive murals. The restaurant seats 150, with 20 at the main dining room bar.

Citrus & Salt will be open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, with the kitchen open until 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the kitchen will stay open until 11 p.m. while the bar will remain open until 1 a.m. The restaurant will later add lunch and brunch service.Sarah_Storrer_Eater_Citrus_Salt_106

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Read article online here: https://boston.eater.com/2017/11/13/16643450/citrus-salt-back-bay-opening

Chef Jason Santos on Fox 25 Boston

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April 13, 2017 – Fox 25 News WFXT Chef Jason Santos – Delivering Southern hospitality to folks in the heart of Back Bay, nationally recognized Chef Jason Santos has opened his third restaurant here in the Hub. Buttermilk & Bourbon brings a taste of New Orleans to Boston with their signature dishes like buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken, and steamed mussels. Their specialty drinks also bring a southern flare; a popular pick is their unique take on the Voodoo Grenade.  If the cool atmosphere and delicious food and drinks aren’t enough to get you there, there are plenty of reasons throughout the year to party at Buttermilk & Bourbon.

 

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C3 Entertainment Inc. Bridges Classic Entertainment Such as The Three Stooges with Contemporary Brands

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News, Michael Grandinetti, Motor Marc, Rainbow Valley Fire Department, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, The Three Stooges, Winter Dance Party

Retail Merchandiser, March 10, 20017  by: Tim O’Connor

Three Stooges fans really are wise guys. When the calendar rolls over to any of The Boys’ birthdays, fans call the offices of C3 Entertainment, the brand owner of The Three Stooges, to wish them a happy birthday.C3 2 Info

Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, pictured with The Three Stooges® Pillow Fighters by Throwboy.

Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, pictured with The Three Stooges® Pillowfighters by Throwboy.

Sometimes they even call to ask if The Boys are still alive. The staff just laughs and enjoys the calls as if they were one of the Stooges’ famous bits. “It’s actually a good sign, especially if it’s a younger person calling because it reinforces their contemporary relevance,” Marketing and Social Media Manager Andrea DeLesDernier says.

The Three Stooges silly slapstick comedy remains just as popular today among longtime fans and all generations. Even after 20 years with the company, Ani Khachoian, executive vice president of licensing, merchandising and distribution, still finds herself surprised by some of the requests she receives. She’s been asked to sign off on everything from clearances for a Three Stooges-themed birthday cake to rap lyrics. “I’ve seen throughout the years younger generations and more women become fans,” Khachoian says.

Maintaining Legacy

C3 Entertainment is the company charged with introducing The Three Stooges’ laughs and nyuks to each new generation. The Three Stooges founded the company as Comedy III Productions Inc. in 1959 to handle their licensing and productions.

Six decades later, C3 continues to evolve. The licensing of Stooges’ materials still makes up the bulk of its business, but in the last five years, the company has added other brands as well as content distribution. “You won’t find a lot of licensing agencies that also do content distribution and productions,” Khachoian says.

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C3’s library of more than a thousand hours of content consists of many Three Stooges titles, which include 156 cartoon episodes, to feature films in many genres, including faith-based, romantic comedies and cult horror movies, military and historical documentaries and educational programs for children. Khachoian says content distribution was a natural evolution for the company with the rise of streaming services such as Hulu and Amazon. But its distribution is not limited to digital; C3 distributes content globally for cable and network broadcasts and home entertainment products. C3 also produces TV specials and feature films for theatrical distribution on a worldwide basis.

Content distribution is only a part of the expansion going on at C3. The Three Stooges have long been intertwined with the company’s lineage, but C3 also represents other brands and personalities that span generations. Some of these brands include pioneering rock ‘n’ rollers Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, famously known as “The Big Bopper.”

C3 is also developing a licensing program for John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, a traveling tribute show commemorating the 1959 tour of musical legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper that ended tragically when the three musicians and their pilot were killed in a plane crash, widely referred to as “The Day The Music Died.”

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“The Three Little Stooges,” a new family movie coming soon.

The acts may be considered oldies rock, but Khachoian says Valens, The Big Bopper, and Holly are still appreciated by listeners, and their timeless music continues to inspire today’s biggest artists. “[Valens] was the first Latino rock star, so there’s nothing old about that,” she says. Valens especially resonates with a younger cross-cultural audience.

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Cover art by Jon Pinto for The Three Stooges® comic book series from American Mythology.

The company represents modern talent and brands as well. Celebrity Chef Jason Santos, who operates three restaurants in Boston; Magician Michael Grandinetti, a staple on CW’s Masters of Illusion; and world-renowned artist, Marc Lacourciere, better known as Motor Marc, are among C3’s more contemporary personalities. Recent additions to the company’s brand roster include National Day Calendar and the Rainbow Valley Fire Department education series for children.

Brands come to C3 both through existing relationships and C3’s recognition as a top global licensor. “We pick and choose who we want to represent and our brands all have broad and enduring appeal,” Khachoian says.

Serving Clients

The diversity of its brands sets C3 apart from most other licensing companies. Where others might focus on brands in a specific entertainment field, C3 represents brands across a wide spectrum. “It’s fun and challenging because it’s a little bit of everything,” Khachoian says.

The range of its brands enables the company to touch multiple industries, but it also leaves few opportunities for overlap and cross-promotion. Each brand must be handled on its own merits and C3 challenges itself to be creative in finding licensees and other opportunities.

“There isn’t a rock I’ve left unturned,” Khachoian says. “I go everywhere. I reach out to everybody. Licensing is one of those things where the sky is the limit. Whatever you can think of, you can license.” As an example, Motor Marc’s artwork will appear on collectible rifles. Ritchie Valens’ name and likeness appear on Soy Capitan Cola released in the first quarter of 2017. Then there is The Three Stooges evergreen brand. “How many classic comedy brands can you think of that have

Rainbow Valley Fire Department, a 3D animated series for kids.

Rainbow Valley Fire Department, a 3D animated series for kids.

products at market in virtually every category?” Khachoian says.

As popular as The Three Stooges brand is, C3 knows it must produce new Three Stooges content to keep the classic comedy trio relevant to modern audiences.

The company is working on the next new Three Stooges feature film that will reunite Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, who played Moe, Larry and Curly in 2012’s The Three Stooges Movie and is currently scheduled to begin production in 2018.

For younger fans, C3 is working on The Three Little Stooges, a movie featuring 12-year old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. The film is slated to begin production this year. “Having new productions is vital to help drive demand for our licensing programs,” Khachoian says.

Continuing she says, “We have worked very hard to achieve this marketplace success with The Three Stooges brand and expand the multigenerational fan base for the brand and we are very proud of our accomplishments.”

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Chef Jason Santo’s New Restaurant Buttermilk & Bourbon featured in Boston Magazine

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News
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Celebrity Chef Jason Santos opens his third Boston area restaurant, Buttermilk & Bourbon starring Creole fusion dishes and his lush, neon Voodoo Lounge.

The latest from Jason Santos has upgraded Bourbon Street cocktails, Southern-inspired creative plates, and several sexy spaces to linger.

by: Jacqueline Cain for Boston Magazine 2/17/17 – Photos by Mike Diskin

UPDATE, February 27, 1:30 p.m.: Just in time for Mardi Gras, Buttermilk & Bourbon opens to the public tonight, Eater Boston reports.

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When Jason Santos saw the labyrinthine, subterranean space that was formerly BarLola, he knew it was the future home of the New Orleans-inspired restaurant he’s long wanted to open. With multiple rooms, exposed brick, wrought iron and gold details, and, come spring, an enormous outdoor patio, Buttermilk & Bourbon is on track to open in Back Bay this month.

“I have a bucket list of restaurants. At some point in my life, I would love to open a pizza place. This place, the actual space, screamed Southern to me,” says Santos, the blue-haired chef, and owner of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s. “I love the food, I love Southern hospitality, I love the feel of it, and that’s really what I’m trying to go after.”

Santos (whose mane you may recognize from Hell’s Kitchen and Bar Rescue) has never done a Southern-inspired venture, but New Orleans is his favorite city to visit, he says. Before opening his neighborhood spots, the Boston native cooked with Andy Husbands at Tremont 647, was executive chef at the now-closed Gargoyles in Davis Square and operated the New American Blue Inc. on the waterfront. He’s not pigeonholing Buttermilk & Bourbon as simply Southern—Cajun Guacamole, for example, is on the new menu.

“It’s as fusion as it gets,” Santos says. “I strive to be the best I can be, but at the end of the day, I believe it’s really about having a good time. I wanted this to be whimsical.”

Santos is working with Michael and Erica Diskin of Assembly Design Studio, and the space features a lot of whitewashed brick, graffiti, hanging mirrors, and “wrought iron” bars on the windows, which were actually 3D-printed. Bright neon lights, including a sign for the “Voodoo Lounge,” shine on black tables and distressed wood furniture and live vines and ferns soften the space, too.

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The restaurant has a dining room with a decorative fireplace and red banquettes. Another room has curved ceiling and repurposed church pews for seating at long, hardwood tables. A bar area seats about 30 at window-fronting high tops, a 15-seat bar, and a perimeter drink rail, and the “voodoo lounge” area, which will be used on busy nights for reservations, as well as private parties, has a backlit, 3D mural hand-painted by Mark Grundig. That’s where the tarot card reader will be stationed during the grand opening, Santos says.

The main bar area will have a frozen drink machine churning out the house version of a Hand Grenade, a trademarked potion available only on Bourbon Street. At Buttermilk & Bourbon, it will be upgraded with fresh melon purée. A raw bar will offer Hurricanes on tap, alongside a daily selection of a few oysters-on-the-half-shell and shrimp.

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The main dining experience will be small plates meant for sharing. Some of the opening menu items include deviled egg toast with crab fat butter, Benton’s country ham, and spicy pepper salad; braised short rib boudin with shaved mushroom salad; boiled peanut hummus and crackers with house-made andouille sausage; and aged gouda macaroni and cheese with pork scraps, topped with crushed Red Hot Cheetos. Alongside Southern- or Nashville-style fried chicken, the chef will offer a white barbecue sauce as well as sweet and spicy barbecue syrup, which he describes as having the viscosity of maple syrup with the flavor of a traditional barbecue sauce. He also plans to sell those by the bottle.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon won’t have a full dessert program, but it will have beignets, as well as rotating flavors of house-made soft serve. Santos will use the kitchen’s small smoker to make a smoked cinnamon and bourbon flavor, and some other possibilities include chocolate buttermilk, root beer and date, and peach and smoked pecan come summertime.

“I’m trying not to take myself too seriously here, and everything is thoughtful,” Santos says.

Buttermilk & Bourbon will open for dinner on February 24, and weekend brunch will come in due time. On February 28, it will throw down for its first Mardi Gras party.

Buttermilk & Bourbon website

Address: 160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-1122, Facebook.

Link to article in Boston Magazine: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/02/13/buttermilk-bourbon-jason-santos-first-look-photos/

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Buttermilk & Bourbon Fills Back Bay With Fried Chicken and Beignets Starting Today

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News

Chef Jason Santos draws inspiration from New Orleans

February 27, 2017 by: Dana Hatic for Eater Boston – Photos Courtesy of Maria DeNapoli

A Southern-style restaurant opens its doors in Back Bay this evening, unveiling plates full of fried chicken, beignets, and oysters. Buttermilk & Bourbon is the latest restaurant from chef Jason Santos, also of Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s, and it draws inspiration from New Orleans.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon takes over the space formerly occupied by BarLola, and Santos told Boston Magazine he thought that the 160 Commonwealth Ave. spot called for Southern cuisine. The menu features just that: In addition to a raw bar with oysters and peel and eat shrimp, there are honey-glazed biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken, crawfish and crab soup, and a whole host of other New Orleans-inspired dishes like steamed mussels, fried pickles, short rib croquettes, and barbecue shrimp.

The bar at Buttermilk & Bourbon is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, with the kitchen open from 5 to 10 p.m., and the Friday and Saturday hours will extend one hour, with the bar open until 1 a.m. and the kitchen until 11 p.m.

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Celebrity Chef Jason Santos Appearing on Spikes’ “Bar Rescue” 11/13 10/9c

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News

The Boston Globe by: Emily Sweeney

Jason Santos, chef-owner of Back Bay Harry’s, will be featured as a culinary consultant on “Bar Rescue,” the Spike TV reality series that gives professional makeovers to failing bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Santos will appear alongside host Jon Taffer and will be dishing out advice about food, cooking, menus, and the best way to run a kitchen. Santos will make his debut on the show Nov. 13, and to mark the occasion, he’s hosting a viewing party at his restaurant. Those who attend will be able to watch Santosshowcasing his culinary skills on TV while munching on “Bar Rescue”-inspired appetizers. The viewing party will take place Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Back Bay Harry’s at 142 Berkeley St. in Boston.

For more information, visit www.backbayharrys.com/party.

 

Chef Jason Santos, who was on “Hell’s Kitchen,” co-owns Abby Lane, Back Bay Harry’s, and the soon-to-open Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Chef Jason Santos Part of Boston Globe Celebrity Chef Round Up

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The Boston Globe by Lisa Zwirn – “…Santos, 40, followed his “Hell’s Kitchen” success with numerous public and TV appearances. “If you’re going to pay me $10,000 to show up, I’m going to show up,” he says. “I was capitalizing on the celebrity I had,” which has included more than a dozen appearances on CBS’s “The Talk.” Through licensing agreements — “$60,000 upfront plus royalties,” he says — he’ll soon be marketing a line of sodas, sauces, and herb kits at mass merchandisers including Walmart, Target, and Home Depot.”

Chef Jason Santos, who was on “Hell’s Kitchen,” co-owns Abby Lane, Back Bay Harry’s, and the soon-to-open Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Chef Jason Santos, who was on “Hell’s Kitchen,” co-owns Abby Lane, Back Bay Harry’s, and the soon-to-open Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Read full article – The Boston Globe – These chefs became famous on TV. What has it done for them lately? Jason Santos

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A blue streak of deals for chef Jason Santos

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News
Jason Santos, here cooking for firefighters at Medford Fire Headquarters in 2013, sees his blue-tinted hair as a branding asset. Boston Globe Josh Reynolds

Jason Santos, here cooking for firefighters at Medford Fire Headquarters in 2013, sees his blue-tinted hair as a branding asset. Boston Globe Josh Reynolds

The Boston Globe – 10/4/16 by: Jon Chesto

You may soon run into Jason Santos and his blue hair in some unexpected places, like the shelves of your local Target or Walmart.

The chef has been trying to find ways to deploy his brand outside of his Boston restaurants, ever since his 2010 stint on Fox’s reality TV show “Hell’s Kitchen,” hosted by Gordon Ramsay. Santos began working with C3 Entertainment, a California-based licensing agency, in 2014. Last year, he landed his first licensing deal — one that put his name and face on a Master Card debit card.

You may soon run into Jason Santos and his blue hair in some unexpected places, like the shelves of your local Target or Walmart.

The chef has been trying to find ways to deploy his brand outside of his Boston restaurants, ever since his 2010 stint on Fox’s reality TV show “Hell’s Kitchen,” hosted by Gordon Ramsay. Santos began working with C3 Entertainment, a California-based licensing agency, in 2014. Last year, he landed his first licensing deal — one that put his name and face on a Master Card debit card.

Santos says his restaurant work remains his main passion: He’s busy tending to Abby Lane in theTheater District and Back Bay Harry’s, as well as Buttermilk & Bourbon, a new place that will open later this fall in the Back Bay. The licensing stuff? He says that’s just a hobby.

“I don’t go out and rock climb on Saturdays,” Santos says. “I go out and try to work my brand.”

Santos concedes that his blue hair has turned into an important asset, by helping to make him more memorable. It all started almost by accident, more than 20 years ago when Santos, on a whim, decided to dye his hair in a hotel room before an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.

“It just took off,” Santos says. “[But] I just turned 40. How much longer can I rock blue hair?”

With all these products coming to stores with his mug on them, Santos has already solved his own question. The answer? Many years to come.

Article link: Boston Globe A blue streak of deals for chef Jason Santos

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C3 Entertainment, Inc. Licenses Celebrity Chef Jason Santos to Vita Food Products, Inc. for Line of Sauces

C3 Entertainment, Chef Jason Santos, In The News

Licensing Made In Magazine (Brands Media) 9/27/16 – by Cristina Angelucci – C3 Entertainment, Inc. announced a license to Vita Food Products, Inc. for a line of Chef Jason Santos sauces, dressings, and condiments to be available next year at major food retailers and online throughout the United States and Canada.

Straight from Chef Jason’s menu, each product will be an authentic recipe created by Santos; some of the very same sauces and ingredients served in signature dishes at his restaurants.

“I chose Vita Food Products because I wanted to work with a company that is forward thinking and where the standard of quality comes first,” says Chef Santos. “I am thrilled to be sharing my sauces with consumers. The plan is to kick off the line with some of my favorite BBQ sauces including a BBQ syrup and a white BBQ sauce suitable to use with a variety of fish and meats. The first introduction of dressings on the shelf will be my Black Garlic and Red Onion Vinaigrettes.”

The fun, charismatic and dynamic Chef Santos was a finalist on Fox’s hit competitive cooking show Hell’s Kitchen and regularly appears on CBS’s The Talk. He thrills patron’s palates in his three Boston restaurants, Abby Lane Boston, Back Bay Harry’s, Buttermilk & Bourbon (coming soon), with his distinctive cooking style referred to as “Julia Child meets Willy Wonka.”

“With his unique talent for creating delicious sauces, Chef Santos and Vita Foods are the perfect pairing. His fans will love having Santos’ sauces available at retail,” said Ani Khachoian, Executive Vice President of Licensing, Merchandising, and Distribution for C3. “The high quality of Vita Foods products will please Santos’ existing followers while positioning him for wider exposure to new audiences.”

Vita Food’s Vice President, Bill Zaikos states, “Vita is excited to partner with Chef Jason. We look forward to working with him to bring his most popular restaurant sauces and dressings to the retail market.”