“A company is like a recipe…”

Contributed by Ashlee Hartger, Marketing Support Manager

There’s something about the holidays that brings out the cheese in everyone. Even myself, a glorified skeptic, am writing this excerpt by the glow of Christmas tree lights. Snowflakes are making their graceful descent to the powder-dusted earth, and the soft beat of “The Little Drummer Boy” is pah-rum-pum-pum-pum-ing in the background…and it’s only November.

Yes, this magical season of turkeys and trimming the tree can make even the greenest of hearts grow three sizes. But if I may, I’d like to trade in my festive, hypothetical cheese for a bit of authenticity. See, I’ve spent the last few days trying to piece together a theme for this year’s Thanksgiving blog post, and the struggle has been real. I contemplated a metaphor; something along the lines of “A company is like a recipe…” with each employee being just the right ingredient to create the perfect casserole, or pie, or gluten-free, almond-crusted, banana Nutella souffle. Yet somehow, every angle I took turned into something too corporate, gimmicky, or entirely off-topic (A post on the influence Seinfeld’s Kramer had on the hipster world to come).

Instead, I think I’ll simply inform you in a very matter-of-fact and likely (but justifiably) biased fashion, just why working for JB Ashtin is so fantastic. This isn’t a shameless plug. It’s just me, embracing the season and speaking from the heart (I apologize that it’s not in “listicle” form, my heart hasn’t caught up to Buzzfeed’s standard of writing yet).

Each year our employees ban together to carry on the tradition of submitting recipes for our annual Thanksgiving cookbook – a custom five years in the making. Grandmas are called, great aunts are emailed, and moms are on standby; ready to let us know just how much sugar we should dash, or salt we should pinch, to guarantee each recipe is perfectly documented, and ready to be shared with clients, friends, and family. It may sound like a small gesture, but this perfectly sums up who JB Ashtin is as a company. We are an incredible balance of client and employee focus, going above and beyond to ensure every individual we are blessed to work with is offered a glimpse into the unique people and customs that make up our culture. We stand firm in our traditions but do our best to ensure that these traditions are reinforced with elements of innovation and fun. All the while, working together as a team to create a product that beautifully communicates a story and accurately reflects who we are. This equilibrium is what I love about our company – the ability to be scientific, and silly, and determined, and creative, and to wear crazy socks (#bakedpotatosocksallday #nofilter). It’s what sets JB Ashtin apart from the rest. This carefully curated collection of weird and wonderful people is my gluten-free, almond-crusted, banana Nutella souffle. They’re one of the many things I’m grateful for this holiday season.

To further celebrate the spirit of togetherness cultivated through our relationships with clients and employees around the world, JB Ashtin is excited to present our 5th annual cookbook, “World Cuisine on a Plate,” along with our collections of cookbooks from years past.  May you share these recipes as we have, with those you hold close, both near and far.

All the best this holiday season,


Cookbooks from the past:

2014 JB Ashtin Cookbook

2015 JB Ashtin Cookbook

2016 JB Ashtin Cookbook

2017 JB Ashtin Cookbook