Jordan Reed: Serving Up Hospitality at Casa Bovina
When Jordan Reed, Casa Bovina's Front of House Manager, got the offer to come home to Lincoln, Nebraska to do what he had come to love, he couldn't miss the chance.
Jordan remembers growing up enjoying time cooking with his grandma, as he still does today; and perhaps that was the spark that fired up his passion for cooking and the food industry. Between that and growing up on a farm, Jordan gained first-hand knowledge of what a meal could be and where it came from early on, as well as where hard work could take you.
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Jordan's main passions throughout high school and eventually college were football and baseball. For college, he attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska where he studied sociology. He believes the experience has helped him understand and better serve people while in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
After graduating college, Jordan was not exactly sure what he wanted to do; he ended up in Omaha working at Avoli Osteria. Starting out as a food runner, he worked his way through multiple areas of the restaurant gaining a deeper passion for and understanding of the food industry. This time included serving, bartending, managing the front of the house, and eventually becoming a sous chef. He is grateful for his time there and the many things he learned while there, including the art of making pasta and passing his level one sommelier exam.
Working at Avoli is where Jordan met Chef Benjamin Maides, and it was through that connection, that he heard of the opportunity here at Casa Bovina to be the Front of House Manager. It ended up being an opportunity Jordan couldn't pass up! It offered him the opportunity to move back home, and he stands behind the idea that Casa Bovina locally sources its ingredients, and most things are from Nebraska or Italy.
When asked what his career goals were, he simply said longevity and to stay opportunistic. He would rather stay warm for 20-30 years than to be scalding hot for 5.
The person Jordan idolizes from the industry would be Bobby Stuckey. The idea that Jordan relates to most of Bobby's is the idea of being a Hospitalian. It combines the idea of serving, which is what you do to or for someone, and hospitality. But, it elevates the idea of hospitality, which is how someone feels as a result of your service or experience. This importance of how someone feels with our service and hospitality at Casa Bovina is important to Jordan.
In his free time, Jordan has many other talents and passions. One of these included playing guitar! He says he plays a little bit of everything; depending on the song, it can either be played on his acoustic or electric bass guitar. Jordan also loves to travel and try new adventures including lobster hunting in Florida and snowboarding.
If Jordan could have the perfect year; it would be spending some time at the bottom of the ocean lobster hunting and the top of a mountain snowboarding, enjoying life in-between. So, part of his journey in-between is here at Casa Bovina, and we are very lucky to have him!