A five-time winner of downtown’s Taste of Visalia, James Jessen, along with his wife Michelle, have spent the last 10 years building and expanding their restaurants, Tazzaria and Pizanos, in downtown Visalia. His achievements include developing recipes for Odwalla Juice Company as
part of a nationwide culinary project, cooking at the Governor’s mansion for various fundraising events, as well as judging and competing in culinary competitions. James also spent four years developing recipes and writing for Lifestyle Magazine’s “Culinary” section. Tazzaria has been recognized and published in Bon Appétit magazine and Jessen’s restaurants have won several awards for their culinary excellence.