Culinary Storyteller
For me, every bite, each taste should mean something. It should be a new experience, evoke a long lost memory, or create a reaction that is based on your mind’s ability to connect the flavor and sensory stimulation with a past experience. Being a chef is the ability to transport people through their own collection of memories…and I love it,” Chef Clint Jolly
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo – typically celebrated with too many cervezas – is probably one of the most misunderstood holidays. No, it’s not Mexican Independence Day, it’s a celebration of Mexican unity and spirit dating back to 1862 when the Mexican resistance stood up to foreign intervention, defining its national identity.
Well, that being said, it seems only natural to make merry with quality, Latin-inspired food. Check out my Pinterest page to add some authentic flavor to your Cinco de Mayo feast. No nachos here, but feel free to add a frosty cerveza, or perhaps finish with a nice smooth sipping tequila.
Restaurant Consulting
With my love of Latin cuisine, I am beyond excited to have been chosen as the menu consultant for a new restaurant concept startup here in Reno this year called Torta Express. The torta, like the beloved taco, is a staple of Mexican street food.

Bread, adapted from the French baguette into soft, warm-from-the-oven deliciousness, meats cooked in-house and freshly made sauces and salsas are the basis for this authentic Mexican sandwich.

The concept is a casual, Latin-themed sandwich shop with the pilot store planned to open in June in Reno. More local shops will follow, ramping up in Sacramento and Northern California in 2018.

Restaurant consulting is one of my favorite things to do, whether from menu concept to creation or full-on restaurant rebirth, I’m available for one-on-one consulting, strategy development and implementation. Drop me an email for more information at

New Great Thyme Menu Live!
The best part of traveling is sharing the raw, authentic power of cooking learned at the fires of cooks from around the world. Our new Great Thyme event menu whisks you away on a culinary journey around the Americas, Asia and Africa. From traditional grill-roasted tri-tip to a Biltong spiced short rib bowl or Sian Ka’an ceviche , every recipe is sure to excite the palate. Great food comes from great memories and good memories are born from great meals shared with important people in your life.
Book with Great Thyme Catering - Do you have a special family event coming up this year? Wedding? Quinciñera? Bar Mitzvah? Retirement? Want to have the biggest blow-out backyard party ever? Great Thyme Catering is available for any and all types of catering. Contact MJ at Great Thyme to schedule the event of your life.
Partners in Pork 
Farm to table may be a buzzword in the restaurant biz, but for me, it’s a way of life. Knowing where the food I cook comes from is vital – it’s the difference between authenticity and artifice. Born from this passion comes my new partnership with Rancho Llano Seco, a family farm in Chico, California and one of the last existing Mexican land grant properties. The Rancho, known for balancing agriculture, livestock husbandry and conservation has been farming and ranching this stretch of Northern California since 1860. I am excited to feature their pork products in my upcoming events and increase awareness of the care they take with nose-to-tail hog practices in the chef community. Read more about it here .
I’m Chef Clint Jolly. My entire life has been in the food world, having grown up in a butcher shop, learning how to properly cut meat at five and serving my own creations to customers at age 13. I am the owner and executive chef of Great Thyme Catering and have the good fortune of sharing my food vision with folks throughout the Western United States for their special events, weddings, business events, family gatherings and small, intimate meals served in your home for you and your guests. Mentoring culinary students is also a passion, along with traveling and gathering the flavors of the world, and telling my culinary stories through every bite. Enjoy!
Every bite, each taste should mean something!