Javani King started a small personal chef and catering company 12 years ago in Houston Texas with the idea of creating the most flavorful, savory, morsel of food in a small bite. Inspired by meal that came out of his Circle-grandmother small gallery style kitchen and his father feeding the family wih restaurant favorites that could be made at home. Javani created JK+CO HORSDOEVRES.
While in college at Stephen F. Austin State University. he studied interior design and later decided to attend culinary school at The Culinary Institute of Lamoore, studying classic French recipes. Chef Javani went on to create dishes for both NFL and NBA Athletes, grammy award winning artist fortune 500 CEO’s, and local socialites and celebrities. His intensity and focus when in the kitchen is always in showpiece as clients and event staff look while he creates his small bittes and amazing dishes.
Currently Javani King is the Executive and Creative Director of Davis St. At Hermann Park Restaurant, an impeccably designed 6000sq/ft restaurant with twi private dining areas serving brunch and dinner with seating for 235 people. ” I consider my food a fusion of international techniques based in southern comfort food flavors”, says Chef King. ” But plating and presentation is key and this is why I love my Craft!”.
Mark Martin is a partner of BRAND M Ad Agency – a minority owned full-service ad agency. BRAND M creates “Traditional” ad campaigns with a “Modern Interactive Twist”. BRAND M is a company recognized for building long-term bonds between clients and target markets in order to foster lasting relationships that mature with time. BRAND M is a one stop shop for creating, planning and managing all aspects of our client’s advertising. In addition to advertising and marketing services BRAND M also offers event planning services. Event organization, e-marketing, and strategic market planning are all facets of the firm’s vast array of services. BRAND M event planning services also include event concept development, site selection, talent booking, entertainment, venue design and ambiance, staffing, catering, publicity, promotion, security, and final execution of the production.
By perfecting both street and brand marketing techniques, BRAND M host events within the Houston market and as well as other markets throughout the country. Lead by Mark Martin, the company’s list of achievements include developing sponsorships, creating effective marketing strategies for clients and hosting/organizing events featuring notable celebrities such as Gabrielle Union, Tyrese, Brian McKnight, Carl Payne, Tommy Ford, “Grammy Award Winning Songwriter” Gordon Chambers, Goapele, Leela James, “Grammy Award Winning Songwriter” Bryan Michael Cox, MTV’s “The Real World” actor Tek Money, BET’s Aleesha Renee, the cast of Hell Date, Rafer Alston, Carl Thomas, Steve Francis, Steve Novak, Kid Capri, Boris Kodjoe, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Laz Alonso, Andrea Johnson (NFL), Jason Terry (NBA) and a host of others. BRAND M has also worked with local politicians including but not limited to Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, City Comptroller Ron Green, Representative Boris Miles, The Honorable Peter Brown and Senator Wendy Davis.
Mark’s latest project is joining the creative team behind Houston Black Restaurant Week (HBRW). HBRW offers Houston’s local tastemakers, professionals, and area foodies a full week dedicated to highlighting Black restaurants and chefs in the city. Houston Black Restaurant Week will feature signature prix-fixe dining menus and special meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, at various dining establishments, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local non-profit organization Change Happens. HBRW seeks to increase the awareness, support and patronization of black restaurants and chefs in the city. Houston is now recognized as one of the leading culinary destinations in the United States; with Blacks making significant contributions to Houston’s local food scene. Houston boasts a variety of well-accomplished African-American restaurant owners, executive chefs, and catering companies, who have created a legacy of providing delicious food.
Mark is also the owner of Mark Martin Events, and Mark Martin Consulting s well as a partner with the networking organization The Movers and Shakers of Greater Houston.